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Camino de Santiago, ruta de norte

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I’m back in Austin and finally found time to edit through and update my archive with photos from my recent trip to Spain. Four friends and I hiked about 500 miles in 25 days from San Sebastien to Santiago de Compostela in June. We did the Northern route and primitive section of the trail, which is regarded as the most challenging and oldest of all the St. James Way trails.

The weather was up and very down. The first week was perfect, it rained so much the second week that it caused a 100 year flood in Asturias and the last 2 weeks were fairly hot. Overall the trip was a lot of fun and was a good time with friends. We passed through small towns nearly everyday to collect food and indulge in cafe con leche, but maintained a renegade camino by camping in forests or fields half the time. Mostly when it was not raining.

These are some of my favorite photographs from the trip:






You can see whole set of photos from the Camino de Santiago in the archive. There is also a gallery featuring Spanish dogs that warmly welcomed us to the Spanish country side.

As I’m now back in Austin please stay tuned for more regular updates, including a recent trip I took to Tulsa for a new client!

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July 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm

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Snaps de Mayo

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Since I got back to Austin 10 days ago I’ve kept myself busy with freelance jobs, editing, archiving and climbing. I’ve found a lot of photos of no particular theme that I made back in May. Check it out…

Mom with Teddy the cat sporting his lion inspired summer fur cut.


The Texas Capitol’s North facing rotunda.


Mom’s suburban backyard featuring Teddy in the window.

Vines.

Brandon Wilde of Austin Multimedia Group during a shoot for Active Life at the Dell Foundation in Westlake. I helped Wilde shoot a tv spot for the non profit that promotes fitness through its programs. We used the 5d mk II with an ican screen in the hotshoe, a beachtek audio preamp with boom mics, arri lights, and a teleprompter for the interviewees. Worked fluidly and was a lot of fun to shoot.

The best bbq in Texas from Cooper’s in Llano!

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July 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm

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Back in the US of A

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I returned from a month long, 500 mile walk last Thursday and have a lot of stories and photographs to share. In the meantime, watch these videos…

The first comes from my New York based filmmaker friend Willi Patton, who is seeking support for his next project. His previous film, The Big Fiddle, was a half hour project that made its debut and was very well received in March at the SXSW film festival.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/willipatton/monk-fish

This is a video MAP produced with my photographs for prospective Texas Senator Jose Rodriguez. We shot the photos in January and the video ran for a week locally in El Paso. I thought it was pretty unique to have a television commercial made up of only still photos. The MAP crew was really excited when they saw the photos and came up with the idea for the 30 second spot. Check it out:

http://pictureboxproductions.com/clients/MAP/JR_ENG.html

Stay tuned for more updates with photos of recent work and snaps from el Camino.

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July 12, 2010 at 9:30 pm

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