How I bought Snapchat Spectacles for $130

You may or may not know this, but On September 23 Snapchat changed it’s name to Snap Inc. and introduced Spectacles. Spectacles, are a pair of sunglasses with a built in camera that records 10-second snippets of video, and posts directly to your Snapchat Story.

Now, you may be wondering – what is Snapchat and why is it such a big deal? Snapchat is a social network messaging app that took off as a tool for disappearing photos. It now has 150 million active daily users globally.

Google had a similar concept as Snapchat called Google Glass which retailed for $1,200 and was officially retired in January of 2015.

Snapchat or Snap Inc. is trying to win over its younger demographic of 13-34 years old with the $130 pair of Spectacles. The CEO Evan Speigel calls the video-sharing sunglasses “a toy” but sees an upside to freeing his app from smartphone cameras.

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Gabriel Dawe at Toledo Musuem of Art

Gabriel Dawe, a contemporary Mexican artist is world famous. His inndoor rainbows almost defy understanding, his work is made of hundreds of yards of embroidery thread on continuous loop.

The threaded installation is part of a series called “Plexus”—which is the word for the interlacing network of blood vessels and nerves that sustain the body.

Gabriel installed Plexus no. 35 at the Toledo Musuem of Art and it’s truly stunning when you walk into the Great Gallery.

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DJI Mavic Pro Review

On Sept 28, 2016 DJI, the world leader in unmanned aerial technology release the DJI Mavic Pro. The most portable personal drone ever. The Mavic Pro is about the size of an iPhone 7 Plus. Due to it’s clever design that allows the wings to fold up into the body of the Mavic. The top two legs fold out and the bottom two legs fold up. The propellers are split and will move perfectly into place when the Mavic fires the rotors up.

The whole unit weighs just over one and half pounds with the battery and propellers installed and with the remote control I can fit both of them in an extremely small leather carrying pouch about the size of a toiletry bag.

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University of Dayton Commercial Photography

Over the last few months, I have been working for the University of Dayton School of Engineering to building a  new marketing and advertising material over the next semester with my photography.

I photographed over one hundred employee headshots, and worked in the labs with students whom were building electric powered canoes and robots.

Being able to work with the awesome staff and students in the engineering school was truly a pleasure.

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Ohio Bobcats defeat the Toledo Rockets 31-26

More than halfway through the 2016 college football season and teams in the Mid American Conference switch from playing games on Saturdays to weekdays to get a chance to shine on national television.

Last night the Ohio Bobcats traveled to Toledo for some late October MAC action. Personally, I didn’t have a great game shooting, but here are some of my favorite photos from the game.

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Documenting the Toledo Rockets

Some of my readers and followers may or may not know that I played football at the Univeristy of Toledo, I was the placekicker so being able to document the team like I have been able to this far in 2016 has been such an awesome experience.

I am trying to look at things just a little differently then most sports photographers on the sidelines. I love telling stories whether that be in person or via my photography. A picture truly is worth 1,000 words.

In the images below I have converted a few to black and white to show a little more emotion and the current mood the the image. Please let me know if you like that style by commenting below.

Thanks for looking!

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2016 Toledo Zombie Crawl Portraits

Halloween is right around the corner, so what better way to get you prepared then my top 21 photos from the 2016 Adams Street Zombie Crawl. This is my fourth year working with the awesome team over at Toledo.com to make this happen.

Supposedly 15,000 people where in attendance this year it was by far the biggest crowd I have ever seen. I had two setups, one was for a group of friends and the other was for the “HALL OF FAME” where I would pick people who went all out on their costume to shoot a dramatically light portrait of them.

Anyway, can’t wait until next year and here is my Top 21 favorite portraits! Enjoy.

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