Waning Fall

Waning Fall

Seasons are unique because you only get a handful of them in a lifetime. Unlike movies, music, or any other easily repeatable sources of joy, seasons come and go without offering any chance to get them back. If you live 90 years, you get 90 chances to enjoy the fall. Unless your jumping the equator on a regular basis I suppose. Logic holes aside, this time of year always has me considering the implications of not making time to enjoy the beauty of passing seasons or many other moments in life that we are only allowed to enjoy for a short time.

No matter how busy I get or how tiresome the idea may feel to a seasoned photographer, the beautiful transformation of trees in fall offers a perfect excuse to capture something beautiful in nature. This year I found my way to a spot I have visited during the fall in years past as well because of the beautiful late afternoon sun that graces the scene. Last year fall slipped by awkwardly because of a long summer but this time around we are lucky in this area and have had a few weeks of beautiful glowing colors. I snuck out for a few minutes after work one afternoon and managed to get a handful of classic shots of leaves in the afternoon sun.

A note on iPhone resolution. I am STILL struggling to find the correct iPhone 6 Plus resolution for wallpapers. I am nearly certain this is because of an issue in the software which treats imported images differently than built in images and thats a real shame. That said, I am trying a new one for now which looks good enough for me for now but my search will continue on and I will be putting off a big wallpaper pack until I am happy with the resolution. I don’t want to sell a product that is broken, it makes no sense at all. So let me know if you have any qualms with this resolution and I will see what I can do for you. Otherwise, enjoy the new wallpapers!

Waning Fall 2

Waning Fall 3

Waning Fall 4


Check One

Hey there guys, I know its been all too quiet around here since all the excitement of the newest iPhones hitting the market. Over the years I have offered packs of wallpapers when there are new changes to iOS resolutions and I don’t plan on this one being any different. I am planning a nice pack of updated wallpapers for the new iPhone 6’s big screens and once the pack is out all new wallpapers in the future will also carry these resolutions. Looks like I will have to offer 4 iOS versions of wallpapers now. So it goes. Just need to sort out some adjustments to my download button code.

The delay in its release is simply because I have been swamped this month with work. This post is my test post for the new resolutions. I am also including versions with test boxes using the same technique I used to sort out the original iOS7  sizes which was super confusing at the time. Thankfully there are a lot more people out there sorting these things out this time so these resolutions should be pretty spot on I hope. The resolutions I am using are 852×1608 (iPhone 6) and 2662×2662 (iPhone 6 Plus).

The wallpaper buttons below are for existing iPads and iPhone 5/s/c. Here is a link to the iPhone 6 version, and here is a link to the iPhone 6+ version.

Here are the versions I made for testing, may as well share them too eh? SIX test. SIX+ test.

If all goes well I should have the new packs out soon, thanks for your patience! Also, while you are here, why not let me know if there are any old favorites that you would like me to include in the new packs. Unfortunately I am unable to convert my entire wallpaper library but I will be sure to make a nice well rounded set.


OK guys so I have tested a couple different 6+ resolutions and still have not found one that matches my expectations and I am almost certain they are not correct. I am 98% sure that the iPhone 6 res is correct though. Being the perfectionist I am when it comes to this I would much rather get this right the first time around. I found a friend in town that is willing to help me out by letting me use a tester 6+ he has available so I can mess around with my own ideas and see what I can come up with this week. Hang tight. We will get there. I am just as anxious as everyone else to get the new packs up and live!



It can be easy to forget how much we rely on modern comforts in our day to day life. When I toss a few essentials into a backpack and head off into the woods I give up some of those niceties and in turn have a great opportunity to re-tune my assumption that we are dominant among nature because of our ability to overcome it by being smarter than it is. Comfort can be overrated at times, the concept distorts our expectations based on what we think we need to be happy. The simplicity of camping and being away from modern living refreshes my state of mind. I wish I had time to get out more often! The moment I saw this sign swallowed whole by a tree I was reminded that nature has a way of quickly forgetting our interfering hands as it flows through time without us and I figured some of you may enjoy this subtle reminder as well. Enjoy!

Flow v1


During a recent camping trip, I re-connected with my old desire to shoot nature for the first time in a long while. Some days I feel like I have photographed it enough for a lifetime but being out in the woods away from the city it’s hard not to get inspired. On days like these my eagerness to shoot slowly builds. Every time I discover something beautiful to capture I get more excited and coming across challenging spots like this one leaves my head spinning with ideas.

With these photos I knew I wanted the water to have some personality by using a slower shutter speed but did not have a tripod on me so I made due with a balanced shooting position and steady hands. Despite the focused details in the moss and stone being shaky I still like the way they turned out.

One of my favorite parts of shooting is quickly weighing compromises when approaching a scene based on the natural light, gear on hand, and time constraints. Much of photography is based on compromise and an understanding of the tools being used and the puzzle is always so much fun to solve. So, as always, I hope you guys enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them. More soon!

Update: I found a little video clip recorded while I shot this spot, thought it was fun so I tossed in some music and posted it below. The audio is a bit louder than I meant to have it, just so you know. Funny, I remember shooting this and nearly slipped down the rock as I followed the water down. There was a split second that I considered letting it happen just to see what the video would look like but quickly reconsidered and balanced myself back out. 

Flow v2

Flow v3



There is a great local arcade here in town with a rotating cast of pinball tables among other old arcade machines. While I have never been all that good at the game I have always loved the mechanical wonder of a good pinball machine. I shot these casually one night and thought their abstract, bokeh filled nature would make a nice wallpaper for any fans of the game. Enjoy.

Doom v2

In The Shot
Guest Desktop

In The Shot

Back with another great guest desktop for everyone! This week we have an image from Dan Hawk, a photographer from the great city of Portlandia. He reached out to me showing interest in sharing a photograph in the guest series and after pouring through the beautiful photographs on his site I found this gem which he was kind enough to share with everyone as a wallpaper.

At first glance a straightforward long exposure of a beach at sunset caused me pause when I noticed the blurry outline of one of his children in bottom of the frame. The ghost like figure gives it a personality and vitality that I really love. As you know, I enjoy a story or a few thoughts about an images creation and Dan had this to say about the photograph:

“My wife and I took all three of our kids to Maui this year and this image is from their first Hawaiian sunset after a long day playing in the ocean.  I tried to make it down to the water for sunset every evening as it seems so wrong to miss them.  I made a couple of long exposure pictures that evening which turned out pretty good, but then my son decided to jump in the frame on this one and it became the keeper.  I tried to get him to hold still, but he’s 9, so it was a lost cause. When making photos, I hope my images represent the way it felt to be there and this one succeeds for me.”

A story that rings true of some of the worlds best photographs, ones of serendipity and adjusting expectations to fit the circumstances to discover something even better.

Dan also had this to say of his technical approach; “I made this image with a single frame taken with a Sony NEX 7, the 18-55 Zoom lens (which is pretty good stopped down at 18mm) and a Neutral Density Filter so I could use a longer shutter speed.  This is a ten second exposure at f/20, using a tripod. I’m usually more of a prime 35mm equivalent shooter, but I find myself reaching for the wider angle of the zoom for these big ocean sunsets. I generally shoot in RAW which gives me access to the broad dynamic range of light that the sensor is recording. All of my editing is done in Lightroom.”

You can find more of his work and follow along with future photos and stories here.


Object No. 15

Changing things up with this object shot using a different approach this time around. I took the lens of of my X-Pro1 and messed around with a bit of “free-lensing,” a technique I had no idea had a name, more or less a following, until recently. I remember the first time doing this years ago with my 5D, I wanted to see if I could force an old pentax lens to work with the camera without having any kind of conversion mount. My only option was to manually hold the lens out in front of the camera. At the time it felt like nothing more than a novelty, something new to mess around with to get abstract images so I was surprised to see many people use it seriously.

At any rate, the technique is certainly fun to play around with if you are ever looking for something new to try. It works especially well with mirrorless cameras because you don’t have a mirror to contend with! Just be sure to do it in a clean environment where you don’t run the risk of filling up your sensor with dirt or dust.

While traveling in Inda way back when, I made a point not to buy too many mementos, I had only taken one small backpack with me after all and couldn’t spare a lot of room. There were a few things that I did end up buying though as a way to remember my time there, one of which was this Ganesh statue which I believe I bought while in Pushkar from a place that sold their statues all by weight. I chose one somewhere in the middle and it has been hanging around my apartment ever since.

I decided to include three variations on the shot, one of which has a nice healthy flare from all the light pouring into the sensor as I snapped it.



Down The Line

Down The Line

Finding new places to shoot is not always as easy as discovering a new abandoned landscape and relying on its unexplored decay as the focus of a photograph. Sometimes it takes the right set of circumstances to make something of it, such as the flowers that serendipitously appeared here, covering this piece of land one grey summer afternoon.

Which reminds me of something I was thinking about recently regarding patience as a virtue in the art of photography. While some days subject matter, interesting compositions, and beautiful light comes easy and obviously, there are times when nothing shows its face and rather than get down about not finding anything that stands out its important to realize that sometimes we have to be patient in the search. This is one thing that has really sunk in after pushing myself to shoot and share at least one photo every day for well over a year.

I often feel down when I go a few days without shooting a photograph but lately I have been quick to remember that I can’t always force a good photograph out of a day, especially busy ones with repudiative landscapes. As long as I don’t turn off my internal photo radar, I have started to let myself relax more when approaching photography from day to day. Its lead me to focus on shots that I want to take rather than ones I feel I have to take, if that makes any sense. Sure, life is short, but whats the rush?



Summer is a lot of things. Time at the beach, floating down a river, ice tea or lemonade on a porch; any number of quintessential, sometimes cliché activities come to mind when the word summer pops into mind. One of my favorite things about summer is the fresh fruit and vegetables filling the local farmers market to the brim. Nothing like a locally truly vine ripe anything. So in the waning end of summer I thought I would toss in a desktop for any other lovers of a good summer melon. Enjoy!

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