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About My Photography

I’d like to take a moment to tell you about the guy behind the camera. My whole life I’ve always been the guy trying to do something no one else has done. I try to transfer this mentality to my photography as well. Many of my shots are of subjects that are familiar and commonly photographed by others. My goal is to not only capture these subjects, but present them in a whole new light. To do this I carefully plan my compositions, wait for the perfect light, and often shoot at night when most other photographers have called it a day and headed in. By photographing common subjects and presenting them in a new way, my photography aims to inspire and get viewers to think about what things are like outside of what they see every day.

Another interest of mine is the challenging field of time lapse photography. To make a time lapse you need to set your camera to take one shot at continuous intervals over time to show the movement of something. It’s similar to a slow-motion video except it shows movement over a long period of time condensed into a couple seconds. More on this a little later. Photography has been an interest of mine for many years, but I really began taking it seriously after my freshman year of high school. Since becoming a professional photographer in 2013 I have received many awards including placing in the top 5 in the Pure Michigan “Moments Photo Contest” in back to back years as well as being recognized in the top 5% of high school photographers in the nation through the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition.

About Myself

After graduating from Churchill High School with honors, I am now beginning a new chapter in life as a freshman at Wayne State University in downtown Detroit where I will be studying computer science. Since beginning school at WSU, I quickly found a place at The South End Newspaper and frequently have photos and galleries published for the paper. I’ve also began shooting video for On The Dot, Wayne State’s new, upcoming online news station.

Aside from being an avid photographer, I enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city to go camping and enjoy nature. In the summer of 2015 I spent 8 days covering over 45 miles hiking on of the United State’s best kept secrets – Isle Royale National Park on the north side of Lake Superior. With no access to electricity, running water, or contact to the outside world, I felt most in contact and learned more myself than I have ever been and was overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the island and its terrain. During this stay in the wilderness I created my first short timelapse video, Isle Royale National Park, showing several parts of the island and the incredible views it affords.

In the first week of June 2016 my brother and I ventured out to spend 8 more days hiking in the Upper Peninsula. During this time we hiked over 60 miles and gathered over 115bg of footage from the Porcupine Mountains, Pictured Rocks, and other hidden gems throughout the state. Once the footage was processed I had enough to make a full length video celebrating the beauty that can be found in Michigan’s vast wilderness. The Forest – a Tribute to Michigan’s Wilderness quickly spread with almost 30,000 views on Facebook and Youtube. To read about The Forest, check out my featured interview on MLive.

Other places I plan to visit include the Denali National Park in Alaska, the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, Olympic National Park in Washington, and the string of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks in the Canadian Rockies.

In The BagMyself

Nikon D5200 DSLR

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 lens

Hoya Filters

Sunpak Tripod

Sirui k-40x Ball Head

Dynamic Perception Stage One Motorized Slider and Stage R pan/tilt unit

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