thinkTANK photo Street Walker Pro gear bag

my valued gear only travels in style; either in the streetwalker pro or the airport security v2.0!

thinkTANK photo has sent me a brand new streetwalker pro to test out and review. my review will cover thoughts and opinions on this bag, and will include exactly what gear can be carried at any given time in the Streetwalker Pro. if anyone has any specific questions about the bag, please submit them on this page here.

additionally, this bag will be given away!!!

the contest will be announce next week, it will be a photo contest for sure…however anyone that wants to be eligible must:

“LIKE” both Think Tank Photo & novak photos on Facebook.

thinkTANK photo is also offering free gear with every order of $50.00, check it out HERE!

World Trade Center Twin Towers | using film and Nik Software

World Trade Center Twin Towers | using film and Nik Software
this image of the world trade center towers was originally shot from liberty island on may 25th, 2000. i was on a weekend trip to nyc, and decided to go visit the statue of liberty. little did i know that not only was this the first time for me to take in the majestic new york sky line, but my last time as well.

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New York Times Aritcle | Street Photography

New York Times Aritcle | Street Photography
new york times how i got that shot: justin novak by roy furchgott

a couple of weeks ago i opened my email to see that someone claiming to be with the new york times wanted to do interview with me about my san diego comic con street photography images that had just been featured in the niksoftware newsletter.

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Beach Cruiser | Expo Imaging Modifier and Nik Software

Beach Cruiser | Expo Imaging Modifier and Nik Software
who doesn’t love a great mustache….but what about one for your beach cruiser? that’s right, the great people from carstache have spent millions of dollars on research & development to create the most amazing beach cruiser accessory; the bikestache!

additionally to the bikestache, every killer beach cruiser needs an amazing beer drink holder….i was determined to seek out the best in the business. kroozie became my one and only choice. not only do they offer the aerodynamic kroozie for my cruiser, they just came out with the v-mount! this has allowed me to mount the kroozie on my vertical post, instead of the handlebars.

here is a recent shot of my beach cruiser, with both bikestache & the kroozie in all of their glory! (more…)

Nik Software Newsletter | Nik Software publishes some of my Comic Con images

Nik Software Newsletter | Nik Software publishes some of my Comic Con images
it’s an absolute honor to be featured in this month’s Nik Software newsletter. Nik Software contacted myself and Andy about showcasing our san diego comic con street portraits. during the post processing, we ran majority of the images through Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 used one of the amazing recipes called “big sky” to really add a little bit of flavor to our super hero / cosplay images.

here’s a link for the Nik Software newsletter

i’ve included a link to a tutorial video on how we used Nik Software during the post processing of these images.

Batman

Decathlete Jonathan Collins | Lifestyle Fashion Commercial Portraits

Decathlete Jonathan Collins | Lifestyle Fashion Commercial Portraits
I always feel so fortunate being a professional photographer, I get to meet the most interesting and amazing people. Jonathan got in contact with me through my Yelp profile, so obviously when I first answered my phone I just assumed he was a solicitor trying to sell me something that would improve my business, like most referrals from Yelp…LOL!

I was totally wrong…Jonathan said he was impressed with my photography style and his agent wanted some new portfolios images that could be used to market Jonathan for all sorts of different modeling opportunities (advertising, commercial, print work).

Jonathan then told me he was an olympic decathlete, he moved to San Diego to train in Chula Vista at the US Olympic Training Center. You can find more about Jonathan’s training here on Facebook.

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Fifty Shades | Conceptual Commercial Portraits

Fifty Shades | Conceptual Commercial Portraits
I’ve stated this before, but having the perfect model & perfect location, as well as willingness to takes risks results in some of the best images!

My model was open to just about anything that would result in a super cool image. Some how I was able to convince her to spend time inside of an enormous bird cage, and well…act like she was being held captive (which she wasn’t).

I think she pulled off our version of Fifty Shades very convincingly!

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Lost…in La Jolla | Fashion Commercial Portraits

Lost…in La Jolla | Fashion Commercial Portraits
I remember David “Strobist” Hobby once saying that as a photographer we are always “scouting” for new shoot locations. I’ve taken that statement to heart, I constantly make notes in my phone and take pictures of possible locations. This time was no different, as I was leaving my Salk Institute shoot I notice this amazing area of trees and instantly took some notes about where I was going to shoot next!

This first image is basically what I had pictured in my mind before even walking into the wooded area.

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Angelic | Salk Institute | Fashion Commercial Portraits

Angelic | Salk Institute | Fashion Commercial Portraits
Magic can happen on any and every photo shoot, it requires the right combination of the perfect model, the perfect location, and the willingness to take risk!

My shoot at the Salk Institute is the prime example of when a photo session comes together better than what was initially planned.

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San Diego Comic Con 2012 | Street Commercial Portraits

San Diego Comic Con 2012 | Street Commercial Portraits
this weekend was the annually san diego comic-con event at the convention center outside of the historical gaslamp district. imo; this is a portrait / street photographers dream come true. thousands of people walking around downtown san diego dressed to impress, in their super hero / comic book / movie character costumes…cosplay to some. i set aside both friday and saturday to capture as many portraits as possible. I hit the streets with my nikon d700, nikkor 24-70 lens, sb-600, sb-700, sunpak 120j, phottix ppl-400 and a new set of expoimaging’s rogue flashbenders. this type of portrait street photography truly tests your ability to approach a subject, interactive, convince them to pose, set up the shot, and fend off any photo bombers (there were plenty)….all within about 2 minutes.

here are some of the resulting images, enjoy the art.

Bizzaro
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