November Photo Walk

One of the things I like to do with my students is take them on a photowalk to help them to see how things they pass everyday can become art. It’s an exercise in how to see the world differently; art is all around us.

I did this with my current Accelerant at Madelife , Bryn. I love her excitement for photography and her desire to learn.


In the last two months I’ve been busier than I ever have in my life. It’s been incredible and somewhat stressful. I have missed my adventures, but there will be many more to be had. Right now it’s just powering through the work. I’m working with some amazing companies that I’m psyched to be a part of. But through all this I’ve shot almost no work for myself.

Today at Madelife I took my photo Accelerator (what we call students) for a photowalk and told her to focus on the minute details around her. We barely got 100 ft from the backdoor and found some great material. It’s been years since I’ve gone out with this intent. I get so focused on whatever I’m working on, whether it’s cultural portraits in India or adventure photography here in Boulder, that I forget to take in the small details all around me. It’s a great exercise for everyone to do.

We’ve been talking about composition this week and studying ideas like pattern, figure ground, the rule of thirds, and leading lines. Last week was was about Depth of Field and Motion. Here are a few of my favorites from today.

ISO 100 f/2.8 1/1600 – depth of field study

ISO 100 f/8 1/200 – Pattern Study

ISO 100 f/8 1/200 – Pattern Study

ISO 100 f/8 1/200 – Pattern Study

ISO 100 f/2.8 1/2500 – Pattern Study

ISO 100 f/2.8 1/640 – Pattern Study

ISO 100 f/2.8 1/2500 – Pattern Study

ISO 400 f/8 1/125 – Rule of Thirds Study

ISO 400 f/2.8 1/800 – Leading Lines Study

ISO 400 f/2.8 1/250 – Pattern Study

 I used to get out every sunday with my good friend Katie Collins, and we would shoot whatever broken down, abandoned, overgrown beauty we could find. I miss those adventures. I need to, as I encourage my “students” to, get out and search out the details that inspire me much more often.