The Switzerland Trail. CO, USA.

The 2017 Ram 2500 HD in Estes Park, Colorado traversing the Switzerland Trail.

Commissioned work produced over a three day period in November of 2016 for RAM and FCA. (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) I captured these images using my Fujifilm XT2 and X-Pro 2 mirrorless cameras mounted with various prime lenses. When a story requires speed and flexibility these systems produce the best results. Small form factor with maximum image quality, they are mobile and deployed quicker than traditional DSLR cameras. Mission and assignment always dictate kit.

I don’t want to know what time it is. I don’t want to know what day it is or where I am. None of that matters. -Christopher McCandless

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GORUCK NAVIGATOR 004. White Mountains, NH

Somewhere in the wild, where the foliage becomes standard flooring…Where stars become night lights… Where what you bring in, and what surrounds you is absolutely all you need… Somewhere amongst this freedom, we can touch a sense of challenge and purpose from the origins of man. GORUCK Navigator 004. The White Mountains of New Hampshire. This is where myself and my team mates experienced the greatest outdoor adventure I have endured.

For those unfamiliar, GORUCK is a company that strives to bridge the gap between military and civilian worlds, by having Cadre (Active or past Special Operations Service members) lead “Classes” through physical and mental endurance challenges. The goal, Build better Americans. Navigator is a hands on 3 plus day course where we learn orienteering, basic wilderness EMT, hunting & gathering, water procurement and countless other means of backcountry survival. There is plenty of chow and beer to go around, but do not let that fool you into believing Navigator is not a difficult undertaking. To this date it was the most difficult event I have participated in, simply because it is a real life situation. Once into the wild, there is no “cab ride home” As a team we have to use the skills taught along with both physical and mental strength, to succeed. To survive.

Team… Identify your target, choose a course… Shoot an azimuth and step forward. Bushwhack 5 plus hours ascending 4,000 plus feet in elevation. Traverse across the Appalachian Trail as the sun sets and choose a course off trail, back to base camp. Descend, using only the map and compass… Keeping an arms distance from your team mates, headlamps illuminate a mere 6 foot radius around you… The pace crawls, follow contour lines along the ridge traveling 200 meters in one hour… Boulder hop down a creek bed from 3,300 feet to 1,700 feet with only the flow of water and starry night revealing the next foot fall… Wet feet, throbbing arches, physically drained bodies. 13 hours and 51 minutes after summiting, return to camp. After 18 plus hours negotiating the wild, drink a beer with breakfast and feel more alive then you ever will from 9-5 on any given day…

Always earned, as anything worth doing in life should be.

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Da Adolfo. Laurito. 16 Settembre 2014.

It is the simple items done well in life that are the most valued… The most repeated… The most measurable occurances that you compare all else to… Cooking, Community, Conversation and Companionship… All orchestrated by mamma of course. Da Adolfo. A Ristorante in Laurito which is a one mile boat ride from Positano will jettison you back to a simpler time. A time that can be anytime. Local recommendation will lead you to the boat with the Red fish, which departs the main dock in Positano now. Right when you need it.

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Devin & Sarah. The Inn at St. Johns. March 2, 2013

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GMC Vehicle 360’s

This past July I had the opportunity to create the background images for GMC Vehicle exterior 360’s on GMC.com. The process upon which a photographer collaborates with a production house, the agency and his team of scouts and location managers on the ground is paramount to the success of such a large project. We had 4 days to shoot and secure assets for 13 different GMC Vehicles, so it was off to Los Angeles and locations ranging from The Disney Center for the Performing Arts, to Lower Grand St, to Private Residences with luscious Lemon Orchards and Horse Stables all to achieve zero sleep and creative bliss.

The assets needed to create the background for the CG vehicle to live in read like a science project rather than a shot list. (See the Lincoln MKZ shoot I captured this time last year) We had to secure the closure of multiple locations in the Los Angeles area for random hours throughout a 4 day stretch, and literally document every square foot of the assigned area. With the team from the agency and CG production house, we measured distances from camera, lens tilt, shift, height, and all corresponding keyframes of the 360 degree animation seen on the site. We based all of the photography off of a bed frame in compositions center. This acted as the area where the vehicle would live. We captured 36 separate frames encompassing the 360 degree spin around the vehicle. using a Canon 5D MK3 on a tripod. Each frame was marked, measured and exposed at 3 bracket captures. These 36 frames are called a flight path around the vehicle, which in the case of all GMC vehicles on the site were measured and predetermined heights and distances. This allowed our team to choose the right space on our location for each vehicle to live, drop the bedframe and reflective garden globes into place and then create a chalk line circle with our 36 keyframes as reference points for the tripod placement. (See image below of my assistant Jesse’s gaffe taped pants) A second MK3 was housed in a Seitz Roundshot Robot which captured complete 360 degree Domes of our various locations in order to provide the production studio with the adequate assets for the reflections in the vehicles sheet metal and lighting direction. Upon completion of each locations shots (which after great practice we were able to accomplish a complete 36 frame 360 in under 15 minutes) The team at Mackevision stitched together the retouched frames into complete spins that the user can navigate on the site.

It was a great experience, and the vehicle 360’s site incredible! shout outs to Mackevision USA and the many friends I have there,  I could’nt have pulled it off without you, team!

 

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