Production Notes: The Importance of Olive Oil

Production Notes: The Importance of Olive Oil

December 28th of this year was a beautiful and busy day. It all started with a long drive from my place in Hollywood to the olive groves owned by the Temecula Olive Oil Company to meet up with the host and producer of my show. The job for the day was to document the harvesting and pressing process for making quality olive oil and to shoot an in-depth interview with the company’s owner and resident olive oil guru. In producing a health and lifestyle segment for an upcoming PBS television…

What’s up with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR?

What’s up with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR?

It’s been a long wait and after all the reviews have come in, the comments are all very similar. What’s the point? That’s really the consensus. I’m a die hard Canon fan from way back. I’ve never even considered using a Nikon camera. But even after all the years that the 5D series has been around, I’ve never wanted to own one. Functionality in a camera is important, but price is important as well. Why spend $3500 on a camera body that you’ll immediately have to spend more money on,…

Production Notes: Shooting in the Outer Hebrides

Production Notes:  Shooting in the Outer Hebrides

  From late August to early September of this year, I once again spent two weeks on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides working on content pieces for the television show that I’ve been developing with friend and colleague David Jackson for the last few years.   The trip began with the stunning Scottish weather that we’ve all come to love by looking at postcards and coffee table books. A few days later however, the battle of the elements was on. As stunning as our remote location in…

Photo Story: Shots Fired from a Digital Machine

Photo Story: Shots Fired from a Digital Machine

A couple Fridays ago I headed downtown to do a quick photo shoot with Jessica Nicole of Peepshow Clothing and local LA fashion model Erin Kennedy (@theerinkennedy). It was a quick and easy setup, one white wall and one photo strobe with a softbox. After a series of homemade tacos and guacamole to fuel up, it was time for the shoot. Oh, and don’t forget cocktails mixed by @rocknrollbartenders. Jessica had prepared some new pieces including custom designed fringe dresses featuring the graphics of David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust) and Marilyn…

Photo Story: Introducing MacArthur Park

Photo Story: Introducing MacArthur Park

   While driving home from a shoot at the Hotel Figueroa in Downtown LA I noticed something unusual. MacArthur Park is not a place that people usually want to hang out at, not in the last few decades anyway. What you would typically expect to find at the park are used needles and dead bodies, not an art installation. Los Angeles can be a surprising city. An organization called Portraits of Hope along with the mayor are using an art installation to bring awareness back to the park and other long forgotten areas…

Urban Outlaw and the 6th Street Bridge

Urban Outlaw and the 6th Street Bridge

It was a busy day at the warehouse as usual. Lots needed to get done. We started out rigging a set wall for a reality show that’s coming in to shoot for about 30 days. Next, we headed across the street to the Outlaw chop shop to re-hang lighting that we transferred from the work area to the paint area. With some time to kill after lunch I got tough on a Porsche transmission with solvent and a wire brush. The cleaning isn’t finished yet, but it’s looking good so…