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

December 16, 2010

Figge Cellars: December

Happy Holidays.

This was my shot for Figge Cellars for our December collaboration.

Below is my setup:

One Nikon SB-800 through a white umbrella at probably 1/32 power.

Shot with my (favorite) 85mm f/1.4 at f/1.8 on my D700.

One more with cookies.

December 13, 2010

Metal Heads.

Last week, a cool opportunity cropped up where I found myself shooting some stills and, more importantly for the sound factor, some video of three friends jamming in one of the guy's record store.

After hours, Angelo (guitar), Keigan (bass) and Bob (drums) set up in Bob's store—The Vinyl Revolution—and played loud, heavy rock for a few hours.

November 30, 2010

Black and White Film

Moss Landing, Fuji Acros 100

Santa Cruz, Ilford FP4 125 pushed two-stops.

November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010


I brought my camera over to my folks' for Thanksgiving today and took some pictures. I don't do that too often, but figured I should start to document more of us getting together.

My sister and her husband joined us, as did my cousin Michele and my uncle and his two girls.

As my dad says, "This is better than getting together."

We ate great food, laughed and were together.

My family is good people.

My sister and brother-in-law. They're weird sometimes...


As my uncle Walter calls them, "good groceries."

November 16, 2010

Far Out Flavorful Food


Tonight I took my folks way out into the middle of nowhere, literally, for a really cool dining experience at the Cachagua General Store with the fantastic chef skills of Michael Jones.

Jones uses local goodness to create some amazing dishes and has some great, local wines to pair.

Cachagua Store chef Michael Jones.

Restaurant front door.

Really good bread.

Really good wine.


The store is located out in Cachagua. About 30 minutes past Carmel Valley Village, which is a haul in itself. Dinner is only on Monday nights in two sittings and the menu consists of great appetizers, entrees and desserts.

The bar.

My pops.

Rabbit. Five ways.

People come from all over to dine there and there are locals of Cachagua who hang out as well, like Grant Risdon (below), who we profiled at the Monterey County Weekly last spring for his wild stories of growing up and lifetime of living in the area.

November 10, 2010

People I Know.

Liz. We have been friends since third grade.

Anyone who knows me on Facebook, knows that I put photos of my friends in albums called "People I Know", where I post random photos of friends that I have taken while we're hanging out.

I found a few in my archives while searching for something for a client and picked these, because all of them illustrate how I see the person.

Jake. Lives in Big Sur. Wild, good dude.

Carly. Chef schooler and bad-joke maker.

Zoe. Super talented musician.

October 12, 2010

Film: Al Jardine of the Beach Boys on Kodak Tri-X 400

Al Jardine. (Nikon F100, 85mm f/1.4 AF @ f/11, Kodak Tri-X pushed to 1600.)

A few weeks ago, original Beach Boys member Al Jardine fell in front of my camera at a trip to Jardine's Big Sur property and Red Barn Studios for the Monterey County Weekly.

He was preparing for his first, upcoming Big Sur show at Henry Miller Library.

Aside from two digital cameras, I rattled off 1 roll of Fuji Pro 160s and 2 rolls of Kodak Tri-X which I had pushed two stop in order to shoot indoors, but then we went outside, so I had to stop my 1600 ASA film down to f/16 in bright sunlight... It made for some super sharp, high-contrast images, which I actually like very much.

I only shoot film for certain editorial projects and I felt this was a proper application for old black-and-white film.

The above shot was one of the few single shots I really liked of the nearly 100 film shots I got. It is a simple moment of reflection from a member of a music group that brought great, pop music to many decades of fans world-wide.

September 29, 2010

Ocean at Dusk

Clear skies and recent warm weather collided this past evening as the sun lowered to create a few nice post-work photos.