Behind-the-Camera of Photojournalist Nic Coury in Monterey County, California.

April 29, 2015

Osocalis Distillery for Imbibe Magazine.

Osocalis brandy.
In March, I had another opportunity to shoot for Imbibe Magazine.

This time, I got to go up to Osocalis Distillery in Soqual and hang out for an afternoon with Dan Farber who distills brandy. He's a fun guy from New York and also teaches science at U.C. Santa Cruz. The brandy is really cool stuff.

Distiller Dan Farber taking a barrel sample.
A distillery siphon.
Dan Farber works on a barrel.
Barrels aging in the brandy room.
Farber sniffs a sample from a barrel.
Osocalis Brandy.
The three brandies from Osocalis.
Osocalis' vineyards in the Soquel mountains.
Oh yeah, I got the double-truck photo on the opening spread of the article.

December 23, 2014

2014 Instagram Photos of the Year

Pleasure Point. Capitola, California.
Black Sea Nettle Jellyfish. Monterey, California.
I love shooting in a square.

This year, I changed it up and did my personal photos of the year from my Instagram feed (@photographnic) as I love shooting photos (mostly black-and-white) on my iPhone 5s. 

The phone is great for quick feature images, when I want to get something kinda different or just get tired with my regular camera.

Point Sur Lighthouse. Big Sur, California.
Coffee. Monterey, California.

August 10, 2014

2014 Indianapolis Moto Grand Prix.

This past weekend I traveled to Indiana for the fourth consecutive year to shoot the Indianapolis Moto Grand Prix at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

It's a fun town, though a ton different than I am used to in California, but it's a nice place.

This year, Honda Repsol factory rider Marc Marquez has been on a tear, to put it lightly. The young Spaniard has won every race, a total of 10 so far. He has started eight of those 10 from the first spot. He has now won every American race (3 last year and 2 this year) since he has raced in the U.S. The kid is impressive to say the least.

MotoGP did not return to my home track at Laguna Seca, a mere 5-minute drive from my house, but I got some GP fill in. This is now my seventh year shooting the U.S. rounds of the world championship.

More next year.

August 2, 2014


I occasionally shoot wedding photos and a few months ago helped out my good buddy Scott MacDonald, who is a killer photog of weddings, for a neat wedding in Carmel. 

It was a really fun wedding of Marshall and Cynthia and we made some nice pictures.

July 17, 2014

Professional Bull Riding at the 2014 California Rodeo Salinas.

Last night, I shot my seventh Professional Bull Riding at the California Rodeo Salinas and it was by far the best set of photos I have made at this event. I think mostly because I consciously thought about the photos I was trying to make and had a vision. Or maybe that I was just tired of shooting the same shot of a bull rider coming out of the chute.

An old colleague said told me once if there are two events I ever have to shoot in my career, it's boxing and rodeo. Even though the rodeo culture isn't me whatsoever, I do really enjoy photographing it.