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Tuesday, August 28, 2012


With Tampa hosting the Republican National Convention during a week that kicked off with the looming threat of a storm, I'm moved to share an image of the skyline. Although I don't consider this city on the bay to be my home, Tampa has been good to me since I arrived six years ago to work in photography. 

The photo above was taken atop the parking deck at Tampa General Hospital, one of the few vistas from which to get an unobstructed vantage point of the city. Jeremy Allen and I were up there one afternoon with a real arsenal of equipment — Mamiya 6, Leica Dlux, Canon G10 and a few tripods. Eventually, security showed and after a little chat, we kept shooting until the city's lights caught fire and the StarShip dinner cruise headed into the bay.

I'll be leading an upcoming Photo Safari to capture dusk images of Tampa's bridges at night as Mayor Buckhorn had them illuminated with gelled lighting in advance of the convention. Stay tuned for dates and check out Lights on Tampa.

Monday, August 27, 2012

New Portfolios from Scott Mullenberg Designs from Joseph Gamble Photography on Vimeo.

Earlier this year I collaborated with my photography consultant Selina Maitreya on a new edit of my higher education work and the result was a new portfolio. Scott Mullenberg Designs of Biddeford, Maine did a fantastic job with the print book and the iPad case. To showcase the end results, I made a video testimonial in the studio.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Just when you thought it was safe to leave the camera at home, pictures happen. Last Saturday evening, I went out to catch the sunset from the chaise lounge of a beach resort pool and I purposely left all cameras at home. With one notable exception — the ubiquitous iPhone. Thus, in keeping with the spirit of last week's post, I was honoring Jay Maisel's wisdom and maintaining a way to shoot. 

It was a warm but comfortable August night and I wasn't the only one out for sunset at the Bonaire with the idea of a cold adult beverage and some poolside snacks. As the sun dipped beneath the horizon, I made a series of iPhone images that attempted to graphically rectify my sandaled feet with the group posing for a picture, the sunset and the volleyball game. Although I enjoy the square format now commonplace with mobile apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic, I prefer the aspect ratio of the native iPhone camera as it feels closer to the 35mm frame. Maybe as a certain over-publicized Seattle photographer likes to say, the best camera is the one that is with you.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Photographer Jay Maisel harps on the importance of carrying a camera at all times and for good reason. It's tough to make pictures without it. “People say I always have my camera with me and that seems to them unique and what to me seems to me bizarre is that the other guys don't have their camera with them," says Maisel. "I mean it's so much easier to take pictures when you have the camera with you." The Santa Fe Workshops has published a very nice short video piece on Maisel that explores his vision here. I routinely reference this video when teaching the concept of a singular vision to my students.

The image above was captured from the second story perch of a cottage in Ballyvaughn, Ireland in County Clare. I was sharing this rather quaint hamlet with friends from New York as my close friend George Carleton was getting married nearby in the turret of Newtown Castle. Soon after dropping my bags, I was exploring the second floor and was stunned at the intersection of geographic lines within the window frame that looked out on the Burren countryside. There was a certain perfection of symmetry to the landscape and the interplay of color that demanded to be photographed. It was one of my strongest frames from the trip. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

I took a break from "Story Behind the Photo" this week and focused on experimentation with Interactive Panoramic photographs using the Gigapan system. This robotic camera kit-in-a-box has been around for about four years and was used with great success in capturing the inauguration of President Obama in 2008.

Prior to an ominous lightning-studded afternoon storm on Monday, I took a series of infrared images of the University of Tampa's historic campus where it sits perched on the Hillsborough River. The result below provides a unique and otherworldly effect to the standard approach to immersive 180-degree imaging.

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