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 …

Soviet Russia. Going Back in time.

This summer when I was at home I decided to walk around my neighborhood all the way to my old apartment and see what’s changed. As I kept walking, I saw more and more how the city still looks like 20 years ago if you pay enough attention. Here are some of the photos from that walk. All this is in 2013.  

DTLA Roofing

When you walk the street of New York City, everything captures your attention and you barely get any rest from constantly shooting new photos. Los Angeles Downtown can be very similar in architecture, in the atmosphere, and a few other things. Of course LA is no NYC. Last week I went to shoot in downtown to see what is interesting out there. For the most part you cannot really spend much time there. There are homeless people, busy streets, lots of history that’s in the past. There is the feeling of past glory that now has vanished and there are …

Disney Hall. Los Angeles hallmark

Disney Hall in Los Angeles is one of the landmarks that represend the city. We live close to the beach, enjoy the surfing time, can work hard, and know what’s important in life. Well, in general that’s true, at least in my view. There is lots of history in many parts of LA and if you dig a little deeper, you can many interesting facts. Disney Hall for me represents the deep culture and appreciation for arts in their pure form. Yes, we have Hollywood and the busiest place for the movie and music industries. Some may say that the …

Venice Beach

When you live in LA, it’s natural to consider many things for granted. It’s raining in Russia for the past three weeks and I was going through my happy sunny photos and decided to share some of them with you. Venice Beach is a very popular place in Los Angeles. There are a lot of people at any time of the day and nobody is really worried how they look. Everyone is there to have a good time. On the weekend when I rented a 70-200 mm $2500 Canon lens, I took it to the beach to see what will …

Loyola Marymount University in photos

After getting done with my undergraduate business degree I was eager to go to the place I’ve always wanted to call home – Los Angeles. I guess one of the reasons for that is the similarity between Moscow and LA, at least in size and amount of things you can do. LA has obvious advantages in all the beaches, shopping, concerts, and accessibility to almost any place in the US. In short, it’s an ideal city for me. I had to figure out what to do with my life and I decided to get a Masters degree. In part it …

Russian dinner

Last weekend we went to the countryside with pretty much all of my relatives. It was going to be a great weekend regardless the rainy weather. I was shooting more for my elements series on Friday and some more on Saturday. When it was time to grill the meat, I was stoked to see some amazing patterns in the flames and ran for my camera to capture them. I got a few good shots out of it, but I was more happy documenting the process of making food. We were drinking wine and standing in the rain grilling the pork. …

Walking around in Hollywood

Living in Los Angeles definitely has its advantages. One of these is being able to be around a variety of people in one of the most famous places in the world, Hollywood Star Walk. I was amazed at the mix of characters and people from all over the world. Traffic there never stops and it’s one of the most visited places in the world. I rented a 70-200mm L Canon lens and decided to test it there. I can’t say it was the right decision (people hated having a huge lens in their faces), but I got some nice images …