Blindfold Magazine

Today I received the first issue of Blindfold Magazine. It’s a ‘socially conscious photojournalism quarterly’ focusing on important issues. According to their site it’s about people and companies doing things outside of the box with an emphasis on giving back.

There is a story about my hometown of Asheville, NC in this issue which features several of my photos. I was thrilled that the magazine’s print quality and paper is gorgeous.

Ian Somerhalder is on the cover; he was in Lost and currently stars in Vampire Diaries (which he “sucks” in) and they interview him about his charitable organization IS Foundation. Good stuff! I recommend ordering a limited edition copy, not just because my photos are in it, but because it’s a magazine with a great cause. You can order a copy right here:

http://www.blindfoldmag.com/merchandise

Derek Olson holding Blindfold Mag

Asheville story in Blindfold

Cover of Blindfold Mag

I did not photograph the cover photo of Ian Somerhalder. Though I would do a photo shoot with him in exchange for a Vampire Diaries t-shirt

San Francisco, California

Sometimes it takes 2 years to get around to blogging personal work… I visited San Francisco a couple years ago to photograph a wedding (technically in Palo Alto) and spent one day downtown shooting for fun. All these shots are taken within a 4 hour period, and I particularly enjoyed photographing Chinatown.

San francisco streets
San Fran street
City
San Fran
On a bench
San Fran
Man
Streets and sidewalks
Townhouses

Guy
CA
Lady leaving store
Mailman
San Francisco

Cathedral

San Francisco streets


Chinatown

San Fran
Chinatown
street vendor

Fall in Asheville

I sure am going to miss the beautiful fall colors here in Asheville. Here is a photo from a recent engagement shoot with a perfect autumn tree.

Asheville engagement photography

Photos Taken with iPhone 4S

Call me a sellout. Or, call me on my iPhone 4S and tell me that. I’ll admit I’ve silently made fun of people for taking images with cell phones cameras (mainly when they were about 1.2 megapixels). I’ve taken photos with my cell phone camera in the past, but never shots that I might want to print or have for archival purposes. The iPhone 4S has changed my view on that. I’ve been having lots of fun playing around with the camera. I am a professional photographer (i.e. – full-time) and have lots of great Nikon gear, but there is something very liberating about using such a small, simple device to take photos on. It’s great to always have a good camera (for most scenarios) in my pocket. For instance, I would never bring a big, full-frame camera into the grocery store to take random pictures of vegetables (see carrot shot).

I have been using the Instagram app, which forces me to shoot in a square ratio (1:1). It’s a lot different than just taking a 6:4 ratio shot and then cropping it. I rarely intend on cropping an image to square when I’m shooting with 35mm.

All these images were taken using an iPhone 4S (most of them with Instagram). I am amazed by the sharpness of the first picture of my cat, Pierre.

Picture of cat
Vivid iPhone 4S photo
carrots
Hotel
Dog
stained glass
film camera
Sky and clouds

On the Streets

 

Here is a series of photos that I feel go well together. All of these were taken somewhere in downtown Asheville.

Film noirInterior of BasilicaStella BlueTupelo Honey

North Carolina Wedding – Black and White Photography

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything wedding related, which is odd since that’s what a lot of my time is dedicated too. I’ve fallen back in love with black and white photography lately so figured I’d post all monochromatic (five-syllable Andrew Bird way of saying it) shots mainly in the photojournalist style. Moments like these define a wedding for me, and as much as I love color, stripping it away often leaves nothing but that pure emotion. Not every photo looks great in b+w, and I notice while editing that b+w can potentially make a decent photo look kind of … boring. I don’t typically shoot with the intention of making a photo b+w, but sometimes while shooting I’ll know on the spot what will make a good monochromatic image. And sometimes I’m wrong because my first name is not Ansel.

So here are some of my favorite images from Jen and Phil’s recent wedding in North Carolina.

Bride gets ready

Groom reflectionCeremony siteNC weddingBrideMoment between bride and groomChild at weddingblack and white portraitNC wedding photojournalistSaturday Night FeverCreative wedding photographyNC wedding photoBride and groom

Page 4 of 12« First...23456...10...Last »