I am a Nikon Ambassador

I am proud to announce that I was chosen to be among 16 Nikon USA Ambassadors and only one of two people chosen who specialize in photographing weddings. The other wedding photographer, my great friend and the man who I call the “Bruce Springsteen” of the wedding industry is none other than Cliff Mautner. I have huge respect for Cliff and his work. The other 14 photographers come from a variety of genres and I am so honored to be even mentioned in the same breath as these world class photographers, let alone be an ambassador for one of the largest and most respected brands in the world!

One of my first cameras was the Nikon FM2. It was a fully manual camera, a genuine workhorse which I still own today. My first digital camera was the Kodak DCS 760, which was modelled after the Nikon F5. It cost me over $18,000! I even considered myself lucky at the time because it cost over $40,000 the year before. I then bought the Nikon D100, which was a better camera and a fraction of the price. I switched to a different camera system and moved back to black with Nikon’s release of the D3s a few years ago. Read the story here. I’ve always found the ergonomics better with Nikon. It always felt like an extension of my hand and eye. The speed and accuracy of focus is superior and most of all the performance at high ISOs is better than anything else on the market. Now that I am using the Nikon D4, I can’t even imagine how much better a camera can get but I am looking forward to a bright future with Nikon.

I have always felt passionate about photography and consider it a responsibility to inspire, challenge and educate the new generation of photographers. Now, as an ambassador of Nikon USA, my commitment is even stronger to influence the industry in a positive way, to embrace new technologies while staying true to the craft.

A huge thanks to Mike Corrado and the entire Nikon team for their support and for this incredible opportunity.

Here is official press release:
Nikon Ambassadors are some of the most talented and influential visual artists working in the business today. These gifted, spirited storytellers go above and beyond most, and are admired for their passion, energy and commitment to their craft. Their investment in, and trust, of the Nikon brand are cornerstones to their image making abilities.
As a loyal Nikon partner, Nikon Ambassadors’ commitment and contributions to the photographic industry throughout their careers have influenced and inspired photographers around the world; while their desire to educate and empower other image makers around them has become a part of their daily business. From workshops to trade show platforms, online learning and social media; Nikon Ambassadors represent the most versatile and ambitious photographers today. These visual artists are respected around the globe for their vision and accomplishments.
The dedication to advancing the art of visual storytelling while embracing and mastering the latest technologies and trends in the field are paramount to these photographers being selected as Nikon Ambassadors.
As the top visual storytellers of this era, their advanced techniques, unprecedented creativity and tenacious approach to imaging solutions is demonstrated assignment after assignment, each and every time they pick up a Nikon camera. Meet all the Nikon USA Ambassadors.


5 years of the Ice Society!

I can’t believe it’s been 5 years of the Ice Society! I remember my dream since it inception and to see the Ice Society as strong as ever after 5 years is truly rewarding.

For those of you don’t know, the Ice Society is a subscription-based photography educational website dedicated to empowering fellow professionals and enthusiasts to take their photography and business to new heights. A new chapter is added every month with all new material. You can access all past, present and future chapters for twelve full months for the all new price of $299 per year. Save $65. We are happy to announce that we now offer a $30 monthly payment option for a commitment for 12 months. As of January 2013 there are 61 chapters.

If you would like to explore the Ice Society before signing up for a full membership, you can now enjoy chapter 61 for FREE! Once you’ve had a taste of what the Ice Society offers, become a full member and enjoy all of the benefits of a full membership.


“Angel.” The making of a favorite photo of my career

If you were to ask me today (January 2013) what my own favorite photograph is, I would tell you that it is was the image featured below. It represents everything I love in a photograph: beauty, symmetry, strong composition, rich tones, beautiful lighting, symbolism, etc. This image was created at a real wedding, the wedding of John and Monika in December 2011. The image is a metaphor of an angel sleeping on a cloud at the pearly gates. There are strong symbols and triangles that are recognizable and consciously or sub consciously pleasing to the eye, namely the omega sign and the keyhole shape. When you have been shooting for as long as I have, you sometimes wonder if your best shots are behind you. This photo reminds me that the elusive iconic “wow” photo that all photographers strive for is worth fighting for. My best photo is in my future, but for now this will do.

Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: 14-24mm f2.8
Focal Length: 14mm
Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec
Aperture: f3.5
ISO: 640
White Balance: Daylight
Light Source: Window and Ambient Light

Play the following video for the “behind the scenes” making of this image.

The complete video of this wedding will be featured in upcoming chapters of my educational web site, the Ice Society.