1. Anonymous said: Your pictures are sick as fuck

    Yo thank you!!

     

  2. The actual act of failing isn’t failure.

    mikelernerphotography:

    always remember that. 

     
  3. first-reactionss:

    lexienalley:

    GIF of a storm out west that I drove through for about 4 hours that I made

    nice

    yo when the fuck did these notes happen

    (Source: lexiealley.com, via nenepaparosesandpieholes)

     

  4. jordanjfelix said: come to colorado and party poser

    I fuckin’ wish.  I love it out there

     
  5. Excited to be heading out on this mini tour with St. Lucia and Red Bull next week

     

  6. "Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it - that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing - an actor, a writer - I am a person who does things - I write, I act - and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun."
    — Stephen Fry (via psych-facts)
     
  7. Spencer Sutherland
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  8. Vacationer at FMMF
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  9. marinaesque:

    inside The Grand Budapest Hotel

    his work is so inspirational to me, especially this movie

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  10. Local Natives chillin in their hotel
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  11. (Source: Spotify)

     

  12. Anonymous said: So I am honestly curious about what makes a photographer. I don't mean to offend you or disrespect photographers I'm just a little confused. Like what makes someone a good photographer because don't you just edit everything. I always see on twitter photographers saying I'll share my pictures after I edit and all the hours spent editing. So are photographers just good at editing or is there something more?

    mattburkephoto:

    There’s so much more to being a photographer that I’m not sure if this question is sarcasm or a joke or whatever, but, in the event that people think all a photographer does is take a shitty photograph and then edit it, I will explain some things.

    Being a good photographer and being a well known photographer that is good at what they do are 2 entirely different beasts.

    A well known photographer that is good at what they do exhibits the following traits:

    Will have an incredible technical understanding of their camera, source of light, which lens to use in what situation, etc.
    Will be able to market themselves to every demographic that may or may not be interested in their services.
    Will be a good businessperson to make sure that all business sides of things are taken care of (booking shoots, putting shoots together with hair/makeup/wardrobe/location/assistants/etc)
    Will be good at networking. In order for people to hire you, people need to see your work and you need to have a dedicated fanbase that will act as your ‘reviews’ when potential clients google you.
    Will be passionate and excited about each and every shoot they do… whether it’s a celebrity portrait or a product shot of toilet paper; Every shoot that you work on should be the most important shoot of your life.
    Will be able to see something before it happens/see something that isn’t there/or build something from their imagination. Great photographs don’t just ~*happen*~, great photographs are MADE. Great photographs are created. Great photographs are a photographers vision visually represented. 

    As far as editing music photography goes (I assume this question is music related since that’s the only side of my photographic catalog that’s ever discussed), have you seen the conditions that photographers shoot in?
    We shoot in dark clubs with shitty light and crowd surfers/band dudes falling on us. We have water/beer spit at/on us. We shoot artists standing on a stage 10 feet above us, but somehow have to capture images that put the viewer right up close so that you can almost feel the sweat. We do this all while having 20-65,000 people screaming behind us and telling us that they can do our job better than we can.


    A great music photographer anticipates the action and captures what people in the crowd don’t see. While you’re at the shows jumping around, giggling with your friends, putting the shirt that you just bought of the band you just watched,etc, the music photographers are up front figuring out their plan of attack. They’re up there squeezed into a shitty little photo pit to get awesome images to show to fans who most of the time don’t appreciate the amount of hard work went into each shot that is mindlessly reblogged or stolen to put some shitty lyric overlay over it.


    And, on a personal level, when I was shooting bands every night, I’d do my homework on them. I would watch youtube videos, look at other photos of them to see what kind of energy they brought to the stage, listen to their set list to try to put little bullet points of when some energy may explode, and so on.

    So, the answer to your question, anon, is that NO, photographers aren’t *just good at editing*. Photographers are good at knowing exactly how they see the world and then displaying it for other people to either appreciate or destroy. 

    Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday.
    Happy weekend, tumblidiots.

    .mB.

    ^^^^^^^^^

     
  13. Parachute in Columbus, OH
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  14. Future Islands in Columbus, OH
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  15. Anonymous said: What lenses do you use by chance?

    Almost always used a 35mm sigma for few months, then my stuff got stolen so been renting the 16-35mmL and I’m obsessed. New favorite lens. I use a 50mm 1.4 every once in awhile too especially for people & portrait stuff