Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2015. Los Angeles.

Last Sunday was a busy day for me. I was participating and shooting the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2015 in Los Angeles. This is an annual fundraising ride where over 30,000 motorcyclists dress up dapper in over 400 cities around the world do this ride on the same day. All money is donated to find a cure for prostate cancer, a pretty painful topic for me because I lost my grandfather to this two years ago. So this year I donated my time to capture the special moments of the LA DGR 2015 ride. 600 riders gathered in Pasadena on early …

Why What You Shoot on Film Matters

I really enjoy shooting film. I never say I’m a pro at it. I live and learn and see what works and what doesn’t. It seems that fewer and fewer people who shoot commercial projects or consider themselves pro photographer ever pick up film cameras these days. It’s mostly the generation, with people like me, who were born on the edge of film cameras and digital cameras. We were not born with iPhones and we didn’t know what Facebook is. I think because we were and are in the middle of these two worlds, it’s very interesting to figure out …

Hollywood, Unfiltered.. With the King of Streets Sony RX100IV

I have two stories to tell before I begin talking about the new RX100IV. It was early June and I was about to go home to Russia for three months. This was somewhere around 2009-2010. I wanted to pocket camera so I don’t have to carry my Canon 7D with me everywhere. I went to Samy’s because this was the day before my flight and I couldn’t even do overnight shipping at that point. I got a little Nikon J2 I think and I proudly took it home. It was my first Nikon and my last one. I took it …

10 days in NYC for photographers

Introduction Going to NYC is a dream for millions of people, not just photographers. The city is infections for creativity and just passion for living in general. The lifestyle is completely different from Los Angeles. Walking on the streets surrounded by skyscrapers and people who know what they need to do and where they need to be is absolutely inspiring. The very first time in New York City was chaotic for me. I didn’t do any research and I just went to Times Square and walked around. I really had no clue and no planning. It was year ago, but …

3 cameras in 10 days in NYC

Introduction I have never done any camera testing before. It has always been just doing research online for months and then finally putting myself together and ordering the camera in the hopes that it will be the perfect fit for me. And most of the time it was. I have a tendency to buy equipment and then figure out if it will work for me. The progression of Canon cameras is quite simple: you get some point and shoot, move to Ti, then 60D, then 7D, then 6D or some Mark… I was at the point where the next step …

Santa Monica fitness. Possible new series.

I sold my Canon 7D and I was camera-less. I had a big trip toVegas coming up and I desperately needed a camera to take with me to the new job. A friend of mine kindly lended me the Mark III and I took the camera to the beach to try it out and see how it performs. It was a hot day in Santa Monica and I spent some time shopping and enjoying the Promenade. I wanted to capture something new and interesting and it didn’t take long for me to end up on the fitness section of the …

Sony A7R review. Switching from Canon to Sony.

Introduction About six months ago I tried Canon 6D and I was blown away by it. Before that I was shooting with Canon 7D and after several successful print sales I got this thought in my head about some new camera. I looked at Sony A7R, which seemed like an expensive toy to have. I mean come on! Who will ever take you seriously if you show up to a wedding or a photoshoot with a tiny thing like that. So all my thoughts were focused on 6D and all the great things I will do with it. This was …