A Frame a Day (June)

13 image pano taken with Nikon D810 and Sigma 35mm

Most of May was spent anticipating for June and when it came, it felt surreal. Back in February I found a cheap flight deal on Scott’s Cheap Flights, a newsletter I learned from my friend Phoebe (who has a travel bug so great that it moved her to Denver). The flight proposed $400-ish round trip deals to Europe with a layover in Iceland for up to 7 days. Even though I did Iceland in November, I’d like to spend more time there, especially during the summer months. The Iceland deal sold out and I couldn’t booked it, however a few other’s remained on the table. I had always wished of seeing the Alps, especially since so many photographers had been sharing images form there. I stumbled upon a deal from NYC to Zurich for $352. This can’t be real, it must be a shitty airline. The flight was by American Airlines. It was real.

Cameron. June 6, 2017 (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm)

Looking over the month’s spread, I am happy with the diversity in the images: portraits, streetscapes, landscapes, long exposures, drone work, etc. It feels complete. If I were making zines of each month, I think I’d be happiest with June. This may be a testament to shooting to 181 days straight, but I give most of the credit to my friends and other photographers. I haven’t posted a finding inspiration post in a while, but I promise to do so soon. Scrolling through Instagram and seeing so many incredible images has inspired me to learn how they did it and emulate the image styles. This is done through and error, but mostly error. Where my biggest fault is the sense of not feeling good enough. No matter how good my images are, they will never compare to the images someone else posts. I need to learn to trust my work and remind myself that this project is for me. It is for the evolution of my creative thinking.

DJI Mavic Pro

June included crazy fun activities, beautiful weather, and seeing so many of my great friends. But as I could see July nearing, a horrible, horrible thing happened. I was photographing a street view I really liked and all of a sudden, my camera went black. It began making grinding noises. All the buttons did not work anymore. I have no idea what the problem is yet but maybe something with the shutter? This was my Fujifilm X-E2, so not my workhorse D810/D800 combo (phew to my clients, right?). I hope to bring it to the shop for a repair, but I’m contemplating my next camera move. I am planning on saving up for the Sigma 24–70 ART, so this is a bummer to my savings account.

The total number of cameras I’ve used this month, off the top of my head, was 6. I want to increase this number to 7 or 8 in July.


June 1, 2017: I was told this lens needed repair for the mount. Despite what they said, I tested it, and it seems okay to me. (Nikon D800 with Sigma 70–200 | f/4 | 1/1,600th | ISO200)
June 2, 2017: Seen in Adams Morgan (Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon 23mm | f/4 | 1/500th | ISO200)
June 3, 2017: New sunglasses (Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon 23mm | f/3.6 | 1/4,000th | ISO200)
June 4, 2017: Marylyn (Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon 23mm | f/4 | 1/4,000th | ISO200)
June 5, 2017: I used an iPhone flashlight to light from camera left (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/1.6 | 1/160th | ISO800)
June 6, 2017: Had a flight to Switzerland in a few hours (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/1.4 | 1/8,000th | ISO 100)
June 7, 2017: Hiking around the Appenzell District (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/4.5 | 1/1,600th | ISO 100)
June 8, 2017: View above our Airbnb (DJI Mavic Pro | f/2.2 | 1/1,250th | ISO 400)
June 9, 2017: See while scrolling through The Visual Collective (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/1.4 | 1/6,400th | ISO 100)
June 10, 2017: Milano, Ciao Ciao Vino (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/4 | 1/640th | ISO 100)
June 11, 2017: Como (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/3.5 | 1/5,000th | ISO 100)
June 12, 2017: Zurich (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/1.4 | 1/8,000th | ISO 100)
June 13, 2017: On a ferry in Bodensee, Lake Constance (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/4 | 1/5,000th | ISO 100)
June 14, 2017: Munich (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/4 | 1/2,500th | ISO 100)
June 15, 2017: Ryan at the Olympic Park (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/1.4 | 1/8,000th | ISO 100)
June 16, 2017: A day of exploring the English Garden on our walk home(Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/4 | 1/1,000th | ISO 100)
June 17th, 2017: Ferry ride home; start of our long trek home to the States (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/1.4 | 1/8,000th | ISO 100)
June 18th, 2017: Flight from Zurich out the window (Canon 80D with Sigma 17–35mm ART | f/3.2 | 1/3,200th | ISO 200)
June 19th, 2017: Home (Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon 23mm | f/1.4 | 1/250th | ISO 100)
June 20th, 2017: See near the Lincoln Memorial (Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon 23mm | f/1.4 | 1/1,000th | ISO 100)
June 21st, 2017: Dinner at Cork (Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon 23mm | f/1.4 | 1/50th | ISO 100)
June 22nd, 2017: Metro (Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon 23mm | f/1.4 | 1/10th | ISO 100)
June 23rd, 2017: A theme of mine, lone subjects (Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon 23mm | f/4 | 1/4,000 | ISO 100)
June 24th, 2017: A lake weekend (DJI Mavic Pro| f/2.2 | 1/800 | ISO 100)
June 25th, 2017: Flowers on top of a car in Adams Morgan (Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon 23mm | f/1.4 | 1/2,000 | ISO 100)
June 26th, 2017: I’ve been wanting to test my limits and skills with these blurs (Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon 23mm | f/16 | 1/8th | ISO 100)
June 27th, 2017: Lincoln Memorial (Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon 23mm | f/2.8 | 1/4,000th | ISO 100)
June 28th, 2017: The Red Keep (Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon 23mm | f/1.4 | 1/125th | ISO 100)
June 29th, 2017: RIP to my Fuji; seen in Foggy Bottom (iPhone 6 with rear camera| f/2.2 | 1/1,400th | ISO 100)
June 30th, 2017: Rooftop (Nikon D810 with Tokina 11–16mm | f/22 | 30 seconds | ISO 400)