Union Rags Wins Belmont Stakes


A Great Race Horse who was a favorite in The Florida Derby as well as the Kentucky Derby, Union Rags didn’t win those two races.  A mutual choice for all involved Rags didn’t race in the  Preakness. The Horse ended up winning the Belmont Stakes.  With a change in Jockeys and a longer race, I think both added to the win.

Julien Leparoux riding Union Rags in the former Derby's

Phyllis M. Wyeth Owner Of Union Rags Reading The Picks

Union Rags Getting His Shoe Changes


Jockey Johnny Velazquez



One Of My Wild Concert Shots – Joe Perry Looking Through His Guitar


Joe Perry One Of The Best Guitarists Of All Time.  Performing with his Dan Armstrong Plexi Guitar.  Guitarist of Aerosmith.





Capturing Special Moments


My training as a photojournalist has trained me to capture moments that are natural and not staged.  The photo below was not staged.  It was just a special moment between a couple that was not interrupted by my presence.  Those are the photos I usually like to capture.  Those are also the most memorable moments shared for many years down the road that will mean more to a client.

If you are a parent, you could relate..How many times have you taken out your camera, because there was something special that caught your eye about your child at that moment.  I’m sure you have looked at that photo many times, which I bet you have framed somewhere.

If your looking for a photographer to capture those special moments for your occasion then please  contact me.  I will be happy to accommodate you for your next event.


When Shite Hits The Fan


As a photographer you have to be prepared for the unexpected and be able to react quickly and calmly.  Using your experience will get you through the most difficult or uncomfortable situations.  The image attached looks fine and it was shot fine but what happened right before this image was shot was not.

I always have two cameras on me, meaning one on each shoulder, shooting events with two separate lenses.  I shot this image on a full frame camera with a 24-70 lens.  Right before this image was shot I got an ERR message on my camera.  Without hesitation I took off the lens and put it back on.  Sometimes you do get that message when you first put  on a lens and the contacts might not be right.  But I was shooting with the same lens for at least an hour and that should not happen.   Luckily  that solved the problem in time.

While I put back on the lens, I was thinking ahead and said to myself if this doesn’t work I would immediately switch the lens to my other camera.  Be prepared for the unexpected and make sure also at that crucial moment you have enough room on your flash card to shoot away at that moment or else switch to a full card.  Last thing you want is to run out of storage on a card at a crucial moment.

When hiring a photographer to cover your event. Your choice should not just be about price or a few pretty photos in an album, it should be about experience and being able to rely on a professional to capture those key and special moments.


Cooking and Food Today vs. HDR and Post Processing in Photography


Turning that image into ketchup, pickle, mayo and cheese based unflavored disguised piece of cooked meat. 


Food – Classical Cooking as in French Classical cooking has to do not only with the technique used but also the quality of ingredients used and preparation of them.

In Classical French Cooking the proper technique is used to preserve the quality of the meat.  The desired method of cooking, the meat follows the highest guidelines to preserve the flavor and quality of that product with out camouflaging its flavor.

In photography in its purest form, it is also about preserving the product without camouflaging its flavor.    Photography used to have to do more with spending the time capturing a moment than the post processing involved with it.

There are many similarities between cooking of yesterday vs. today and photography of yesterday vs. today and that is why I am writing this.

Chef’s trained classically were taught to always emphasize the quality of ingredients used in cooking a meal and the technique in cooking it to bring out the most flavor from the food.   For example a well-flavored stock uses good quality bones to make a brown veal stock.  Caramelize the bones and mirepoix(vegetables) to bring out not only the flavor but the color of the stock.  The stock is used to make dark meat flavored soups and brown sauces.  Simmering a stock and never boiling as that would make a stock cloudy.  Skimming the top as it simmers.   The hours used at the beginning of making the stock to get the highest quality soups and sauces and not the other way around.

In French cooking the sauce would generally not cover a piece of grilled meat but would sit under or alongside that meat to be served.  The sauce was there to enhance the flavor of the meat just like the wine served.

In today’s meals, mainly in America in many places, you don’t taste the quality of the meat or how well the meat was cooked and seasoned.  It is usually disguised or masked by the sauces, cheeses and anything else added.  Most Americans have gotten used to this way of eating.  For example Mexican Food-burritos, tacos.  It’s about adding rich and salt flavored enhancements to a poorly cooked product that is usually under or over seasoned.

I’m bringing up the point about food because I am making a comparison.  Photography used to be more about capturing a moment, the quality of that moment captured in a split second.  Today many photographers are capturing a so so moment and editing it into something in post production.   They are turning that image into ketchup, pickle, mayo and cheese based unflavored disguised piece of cooked meat.


Photography – I have taken notice to a lot of HDR work lately and this reminds me of cooking food improperly to begin with.   Let me clear one thing up,  some HDR work is exceptional.  The image is enhanced, lights and darks are not abused and the finished product has a realistic look.   I have several friends that do HDR work and use Photoshop extensively and their work is amazing however their work also doesn’t look like something out of a 7th grade science project.

When I see tons of comments on photographers HDR work for example on Google+, I am under the impression the public is becoming brainwashed and their taste buds are becoming dull just like the burrito they possibly have eaten at their last meal.

We moved away from film photography when editing consisted mainly of toning, dodging and burning an image.  Emphasis like I mentioned was more on the moment and not the creation after the moment.  As society becomes more advanced and taking leaps forward in technology, everything is moving at rapid paces however time still sits still if captured at those special moments.

For right now, classical cooking is still being taught at many schools, as well as the fundamentals of photography.  I hope that continues and is practiced out in the field.  What will be more memorable 10 years from now?  The photo seen in TIME magazine of a marine seeing his family for the first time after being at war or the 7th grade HDR science project.    The same goes for a perfectly cooked Steak au Poivre or a Cheeseburger.

My next blog post might be on the similarities of Instagrams compared to cooking with a microwave and a George Forman Grill.

RHCP – Red Hot Chili Pepper


One of my all time favorite bands and so glad I was able to photograph them..Always creative and edgy and they sounded great!  A few photos from the first three songs.  You could view more of my music photos at my concert portfolio








Union Rags Before The Florida Derby


Union Rags was a 6-5 favorite to win the Florida Derby and will be at The Kentucky Derby still considered a favorite to win by many.  Union Rags came in 3rd place at The Florida Derby and here is a look at where the horse was right before the race.  In these photos Union Rags had his right rear shoe become askew while saddling and it was being fixed in these photos.  Also in the photos Jockey Julien Leparoux, Trainer Michael R.Matz, Owner in Wheelchair Phyllis M. Wyeth.

Union Rags has won The Belmont Stakes with Jockey Johnny Velazquez


Holding down the horse to fix his shoe




Photos of some of the University Of Miami students that were able to get tickets to see and listen to President Obama speak on campus.

Most of the students I spoke with in the photos spent up to 12 hours overnight waiting on line for tickets.



SOBE Wine & Food Festival – PART 1