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    I know you're time is valuable so thanks for taking the time to visit. Here you'll find irregularly-timed irregular posts about what I've been up to or about topics that interest me or I think might interest others. Mostly the content will be about photography, cinematography and the such, but I'll also occasionally diverge into my personal life and share slices what I do in my spare time.

My Work Featured in FoundExposed:Objects of Desire October 2011

Today some of my work was featured in the latest FoundFolios FoundExposed series. The theme this time was “Objects of Desire.” I am truly flattered to be featured beside the company of some really great photographers such as Stan Musilek, Jimmy Williams, Bill Cahill and others.

My feature shot is a bold graphic shot of the front grill of an Infiniti FX45. We shot this as part of a dead front shot for After I delivered the shot to  the agency, I wanted to simplify the shot and take it back to it’s stylized shapes. So, I darkened the interior, removed windshield wipers, and some patterned “bumps” in the grill design I found distracting. It’s always been a favorite of mine. Please let me know your thoughts.

Some Accolades Come My Way

Recently, I took a business trip to San Francisco which consisted of hanging with my rep Lenlee Jenckes and fellow Lenlee Represents roster photographers and going to agency portfolio shows every day for three days. After the shows, I decided to tack on a few days to the trip and just go shoot some stuff for me. I’d just head north along the coast and shoot landscapes, nature, life, whatever I felt like. No restrictions. Oh and maybe stop in at a few breweries along the way.

I ended up having a ball. I not only experienced a “high on photography” feel I haven’t felt so intensely for a while, but I got some pretty cool stuff to boot.

In fact some other folks agree. I took 2nd place in the 2011 PDN Great Outdoors Photo Contest with one of those shots. Unfortunately at the time PDN has not updated the 2010 Contest winners so  there is no link available. Here’s a crappy iPhone shot of  my image in PDN.


The image was captured just before sunset. I’d been on the run driving and shooting all along the coast since sunrise. I pulled in to check out the lighthouse and had to park really far away due to the summer crowds of tourists. Despite the distance, as soon as I stepped out of my truck and made my way down to the ocean, I knew I had a special location. I set up, composed the image and shot alot of various exposures for HDR combination later. I used a heavy variable ND filter to slow my shutter speeds way down to blur out the waves and make them look more surrealistic. I processed the RAW images using Aperture 3. Later in PhotoShop I combined the various light and dark exposures as different layers. Then using masking I painted the light exactly as I wanted it to appear.

After several requests I have made high-quality large-format prints of this image available on my stock site. Here’s the final version.

"Between Day and Night" - Pigeon Point Lighthouse, CA, USA

Keep Walking

In another effort of targeted marketing my rep Lenlee Jenckes recently came up with a an idea to re-create an ad for Johnnie Walker using one of my shots and her design skills. I shot it, she created the “ad,” then emailed it to a handful of agency creatives at Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York. Next step…their Facebook wall:-)

Here’s the shot. Can you spot Johnnie?


W+K NY Lands Heineken

After notable unrest in the past decade Heineken’s US business landed at Wieden & Kennedy’s New York City offices in May 2011. You can read more about the story on

Now, I’ve always wanted to work for Heineken and W+K, so I’m going after the business. I photographed two test shots to hopefully catch their attention. The first shows an open fridge full of Heineken, symbolizing the employee fridge at W+K, with the word “Congratulations” spelled out in magnetic letters.

First in series sent to W+K NYC offices.

This was sent by emailer first. If the user clicks on the fridge they will be rewarded with a view of this tasty, frosty Heineken shot (below) on my site. Once on my site, hopefully they will look at the rest of my liquids portfolio and remember me for the next job!

This image was shot specifically for this emailer campaign. Yum!

The emailer campaign will be followed up with a snail-mail campaign consisting of the two images sent on postcards about a week apart. The fridge shot will be sent out first and then the second will followup as the reward. These will include a handwritten note from me to personalize each card.

Wedding blog - June 15, 2011 - 7:43 am

One word…Great!

Wendi - June 13, 2011 - 11:00 am

Well done. Good luck, fingers crossed:)

JQ - June 12, 2011 - 8:14 pm

Fantastic work, John!! Good luck!

[...] Now, I’ve always wanted to work for Heineken and W+K, so I’m going after the business. I photographed two test shots to hopefully catch their attention. The first shows an open fridge full of Heineken, symbolizing the employee fridge at W+K, with the word “Congratulations” spelled out in magnetic letters.” via John Early’s blog [...]

May San Francisco Trip Part 2

…this is continued from part one of my May San Francisco trip…

..So the bouncer waved me up a dingy set of stairs to a loft area above the bustling brewery below. Up in the loft I found a space about 50 x 80 with a long bar, lots of comfy low chairs and couches and lots of kitschy hippie-esque stuff adorning the walls and environs. A mellow non-vocal jazz band was grooing away in the far corner. “What a cool taproom!” I thought. I sat down at the bar and ordered their flagship beer, Lagunitas IPA. I noticed the bartender didn’t charge me. Hmmmh? Perhaps he was going to settle up at the end? Well, soon I noticed no one was paying. So I asked the young lady next to me what gives. She told me it was “Industry Night.” and there was free beer and food. Score. But how did I get in? But then I realized I am in the industry since I’ve now done some work for The Bruery out of Placentia, CA.

Unfortunately I could not partake too much as I had to drive back down to Mill Valley to hang with Lenlee and the roster for dinner and a comedy show. So as it turns out my luck was good that day. Ordinarily the taproom is closed Mondays and Tuesdays but I stumbled in to the first “Industry Night.”

On the back to The City ran across this guy in foreign territory.

On Cinco De Mayo we did a big afternoon show at Butler Shine Stern & Partners in Sausalito. We catered some tasty Mexican munchies including duck tacos and grilled lime-shrimp skewers and quenched the creative’s thirsts with real margaritas! We had a great turnout of creatives to com out and look at our books and party!

Wendi Nordeck mixing up a mean margarita.

Rhea, Wendi and Lenlee prepping the tasty Cinco De Mayo food.

After our week of portfolio shows the roster parted ways to other parts of the country but I stayed on for a bit longer in the Bay Area. Over the next few days I roamed around Marin and north of their on the coast. I loved the drive up through Lucas Canyon. Rolling grassy hills dotted with coastal live oak stands and little puffy white clouds. I’ll have to bring my mountain bike back to ride here. There are cool trails everywhere! The first day I spent up by Bodega Bat and ended up staying at the Bodega Bay Lodge. Nice place. The view wasn’t bad either.

View from Bodega Bay Lodge

Please forgive the heavy-handed HDR-look applied by my iPhone. Better than completely backlit I guess though.

Next, I spent a couple days in Pt. Reyes National Seashore driving and hiking alot, taking photos. This place is one of my favorite places on Earth. There’s something about it. The open spaces. The wildness of the place. The beauty of it. I love it.

Cows roaming in Pt. Reyes


Breakin' the law! Breakin' the law! Waiting for sunset.

It’s only about 1000′ feet down to the ocean directly behind me! Here’s  the view beyond the fence…

One of the historic ranches in Pt. Reyes.

I ended staying in town at The Motel Inverness. The room sucked but it had a shared lodge area with a huge fireplace that I took advantage of at night. The motel was in a nice spot on the water-side of the main road, facing out on the marsh and Tomales Bay. The place even had it’s own walkway and duck blind for birding.

For the next couple days I enjoyed full days of hiking around getting photographs then racing back in to town for last call for grub. Most places in these small towns close at 9pm. There are no 7-11d in town. So if you miss dinner. You miss dinner. Absolutely loved the Bovine Bakery in Pt. Reyes station and subsisted on their blackberry-buttermilk muffins for breakfast.

Before I knew it I found it was time get myself to the 5 for the long drive south. I have a ton more photos from this trip that I still need to work on and post so keep stay tuned for update alerts. Here’s a teaser…

The latest image I just finished is one from Pigeon Point Lighthouse (between Santa Cruz and San Francisco).

Pigeon Point Lighthouse, CA ©2011 John Early

JQ - May 24, 2011 - 7:08 am

Fantastic lighthouse image! Glad you had a good trip north. I sure wish I’d had a couple more days out there…