Seattle Washington – Preview to Our Next Trip!

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When you think of Seattle a lot of images come to mind. The Space Needle, Pike’s Market, a fabulous cup of coffee…and…well rain. With respects to the rain, you’re right, there is a silent battle between the clouds, rain and the sun. In Seattle, the sun is not the incredible warrior like it is in California, where it wins almost every battle. Here, the clouds and the rain rule. But after being here for a few days, I believe it makes you appreciate the sun even more, when it finally fights its way through the clouds. This photo was taken two nights ago. In the morning it was raining and I splashed my way around town. But mid-day, the sun came out, transforming the city into vibrant colors. When I shot this picture, I was standing on the balcony at the Edgewater Hotel, watching the seagulls and sipping a glass of local wine. Along with the incredible view, what I remember most were the seagulls -gracefully floating around; wings stretched so wide it almost made me feel like I could jump on board.

In my upcoming blogs on Seattle we’ll tour the city; I’ll take you to all of the classic places (Pike’s Market, the Space Needle) along with showing you some well kept secrets. Then we’ll head off on a road trip that will take us off the beaten path. Driving along backroads, we’ll visit Gig Harbor, the quaint town of Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island. Get ready for some incredible views, quaint harbors dotted with boats, shopping and some great seafood. Click the official FOLLOW button over to the right and you’ll receive these posts by email.

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Surgery Gone Rad


I rarely modify any of my surgery images but this one just seemed like fun. Shot in Frankfurt Germany, this was a cardiovascular operation performed using a robot. This image highlights a bit of the prep before the case.  You can’t see the robot in this image but if you click to follow, you’ll be one of the first to travel behind closed doors and see the surgical robot in action!

Chop sticks

The delicate handling of instruments during  a neurosurgical procedure (brain surgery).  Quick note, when I photograph during surgery I only use the natural light found in the operating room. The surgeon in this procedure was Dr. John R Adler, Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery.

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Behind Closed Doors – Surgical Photography

About 12 years ago I started photographing in the operating room and now have the opportunity to photograph numerous surgeries worldwide. My background is in the medical industry so when I first started studying photography, I thought it would be interesting to take my camera into a world that very few people see.  I have always wanted these images to the bring awareness to these amazing people who are dedicated to saving lives. This image was taken in Paris France and it highlights orthopedic surgery and the orange cast was obtained via an orange filter. (I only use the natural light when I photograph in the OR) I will be posting images from many different types of surgical images from around the world and share my stories. In addition an upcoming blog will take you into the OR and describe the different aspects that are involved.  Get your booties on! Continue reading “Behind Closed Doors – Surgical Photography”