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30-degree weather, 40mph winds, two frozen hands, one broken strobe and 15 mins of shoot-time later we have images of Union Pacific’s Jack Koraleski for Forbes Magazine. Thanks to photo editor Michele Hadlow for the assignment nod.

Made, on-location, in beautiful Council Bluffs, Iowa, January 2014.

Chris Ihle pushed a stalled car off of train tracks as a freight train was bearing down — and looked great while doing it. Photographed for Men’s Health. Thanks to Joe Rodriguez for the assignment tap.

Ames, Iowa. 2013.

Star Cristy, of the James Cristy Cole Circusand her dogs for Spirit Magazine. Gretna, NE. 2013.

Have a good weekend, all.

Quick shoot for Forbes in northern Iowa the other week. Thanks to DSM North America president Hugh Welsh for being such a good sport and climbing into and onto things, despite 100-degree weather and blinding mid-day sun. And, thanks (again) to my pal Michele Hadlow at Forbes for the assignment tap.

Last June, I had the great opportunity to photograph one of the few remaining, truly family-run, traveling circuses in the US — the James Cristy Cole Circus. One of my favorite clients, Spirit Magazine, sent me to Gretna, NE, to document the event. And after a day and a half of torrential rainfall, we finally had some decent weather for the final performance of the stop.

The Plunkett family was a wonderful host and thanks, as always, to Emily Kimbro for the wonderful assignment. Read the article here.

Enjoy the Labor Day weekend!

Thanks to Dwolla founder Ben Milne for being game to smash things during our shoot earlier this month for MIT Technology Review’s INNOVATORS issue. That willingness (and creative director Eric Mongeon’s good taste and design) landed the photo on the cover. Check the article out here.

Also, big ups to Dwolla’s Jordan Lampe for his mad LEGO skillz and to the intern’s name that I don’t recall for the fab dry-erase marker skillz.

Sunrise over the Niobrara Valley #2. Nebraska, 2013.

Sunrise over the Niobrara Valley Preserve. Nebraska, 2013.

Outtake from The Greatest Show on Turf for Spirit Magazine. Gretna, NE. June, 2013. More images tomorrow.

I had a last-minute, 20-minute portrait session with Drake University President David Maxwell for Forbes Magazine last week. It was so hot that morning that I sweated through two shirts by the time we were set-up for the 9am shoot. No way of telling in the images though — thanks to the ever-cool Dr. Maxwell.

So, big thanks to Senior Photo Editor Michele Hadlow for the tap and to David for making time!

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

Part 3/3 - Outtakes from prescribed-burn assignment for Nature Magazine.

Part 2/3: Portraits of Prescribed-fire burn-boss Jeremy Bailey

Fun with composition: GolfBusiness Magazine. July 2013.

Here’s the still version, in case you’d like to stare at the photos longer…

The very-talented Kyle Ferino kindly sent me an amazing clip over the weekend. Last year, Kyle and I worked together on a project for The Shipley School. Kyle’s design, illustration and art direction are amazing. I mean, look at the envelope that he sent it in! He’s also a very talented photographer — check it out…now!

Of course, thanks also go out to everyone at Brownstein, including the   lovely ECD Dan Shepelavy, who, right about now, is probably slayin’ the ladies around Philly with his lovely gams (an actual dramatic representation of Dan’s legs).