Photographer profile for WIRED.com: Ezra Shaw

America's Cup photos by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Getty staff photographer, Ezra Shaw, had extensive coverage of America’s Cup in San Francisco. Click on the image to read more about it in this article I wrote for WIRED. (photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

Getty Images staff photographer Ezra Shaw’s coverage of the America’s Cup this year was incomparable. I spoke with him for WIRED.com recently and he explained how managed to capture these great photos of the America’s Cup from land, sea, and air.

Photographs from Santa Rita Hills wine region featured in San Francisco Chronicle

Vinyards along California State Route 246 in Lompoc, California.

Vinyards along California State Route 246 in Lompoc, California.

I met with Justin Willett of Tyler Winery on a Friday in late February and he gave me an excellent history lesson on how the area became known for pinot noir starting back in the early 1970s at the Sanford and Benedict vineyards. He showed me the La Encantada vineyard, which he uses for his wines, as well as pointed out all of the vineyards in sight along Santa Rosa Road near Buellton.

What I learned is that the proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the relatively stable temperature of the region and the composition of the soil all contribute to the unique growing conditions of the area, resulting in some favorable characteristics in the pinot noir and chardonnay grapes.

My lesson on the region continued a couple of days later when I met up with Sashi Moorman, the winemaker for Evening Land Vineyards.  Moorman took me to some vineyards on the windswept hills along Sweeney Road in Lompoc.

From the higher vantage point I could clearly see how the appellation populates the valley. After taking in the panoramic scene, Moorman then directed me to the soil around a row of pinot noir vines planted four years earlier. It looked like a bed of white rocks, not the rich sandy soil I am accustomed to seeing in other vineyards. Moorman said that locals call the diatomaceous earth”chalk rock” and pinot noir seems to thrive in this stuff. But in this part of the appellation, the vines don’t grow as rubust as they would in other conditions. Because of this, Moorman was able to plant 7,000 vines per acre.

Moorman doesn’t just limit himself to grapes, he pointed out a plot of land where he grows wheat and has plans to make his own bread in the tasting room of his own wine label, Piedrasassi New Vineland Winery.

I learned a lot about the region during my two recent visits but I learned even more once I read the story Jon Bonné  wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle titled, “A Dramatic new chapter for Santa Rita Hills”. The story was published on the SFGate website on March 2, 2012 and it also appeared on the front page of the Food section of the Sunday paper on March 4, 2012. Eight of my pictures ran with the story on SFGate and three photos appeared with the Sunday printed edition.

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Justin Willett of Tyler Winery. (photo by Joe Gosen for the San Francisco Chronicle)

Winemaker Sashi Moorman in Siren's Call vineyard off Sweeney Road in Lompoc, California. (photo by Joe Gosen for the San Francisco Chronicle)

Winemaker Sashi Moorman in Siren’s Call vineyard off Sweeney Road in Lompoc, California. (photo by Joe Gosen for the San Francisco Chronicle)

Photos featured in San Francisco Chronicle’s 2012 Winemaker to Watch article

WINEMAKER TO WATCH PROFILE -- Gavin Chanin of Chanin Wines

WINEMAKER TO WATCH PROFILE — Gavin Chanin of Chanin Wines


In late December 2011 I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing Gavin Chanin for the San Francisco Chronicle’s annual “Winemakers to Watch” series.  After finishing high school, Gavin Chanin began working with Santa Barbara County winemakers at Au Bon Climat and Qupe where he is presently the assistant winemaker. In addition, he started his own wine company, Chanin Wines, making Pino Noir and Chardonnay from the Bien Nacido vineyard in Santa Maria, California. Chanin holds an art degree from UCLA and each of his wine labels features his original art work.   The article  ran in the Food & Wine section on Sunday, January 15, 2012, and then on its website, SFGate on the 16th. Read about Gavin Chanin’s wines in the San Francisco Chronicle.

5 Attitude Changes Toward Photography Websites

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Click on the image to read this post on Photoshelter’s blog.

Photoshelter is an invaluable resource for budding and seasoned photographers. They have been at the forefront of helping photographers market work, expand their online footprint and grow their businesses. Over the years I have read the articles on their site, watched their video tutorials, listened in on their webinars and basically soaked in as much information as my brain would allow.

In 2011 I began teaching a new kind of web class at Brooks Institute, one that was inspired by all that I have learned from the Photoshelter community over the years. Grover Sanchagrin caught wind of this and interviewed me recently. He posted our conversation on Photoshelter’s blog today, including 5 attitude changes toward photography websites.

Marine Reunited with Dog He Befriended in Afghanistan

Marine Reunited with Dog He Befriended in Afghanistan

Chloe awaits the arrival of Cpl. Ward Van Alstine in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011. Van Alstine befriended the stray dog in August while serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan, and adopted him through a program called Nowzad Dogs charity. (Photo by Joe Gosen / Special to the Chronicle)

Marine Reunited with Dog He adopted in Afghanistan

Cpl. Ward Van Alstine is reunited with his dog, Chloe, in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011.

On November 23 I was inching along the freeway in pre-holiday traffic when my cell phone rang.

It was an assignment editor from the San Francisco Chronicle asking if I would be available to shoot an assignment on Thanksgiving.

I had to think about it a minute.

I already had plans for the day with my family and friends. Did I really want to work on a holiday?

“The story is about a marine who befriended a stray dog while on a tour of duty in Afghanistan,” the editor said. “He managed to adopt it through an organization and have it flown back to the U.S. They’re going to reunite on Thanksgiving day in Santa Barbara.”

I didn’t have to think a second longer.

“Yes, I’ll do that story!”

Have a look at the touching story that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle’s website – SF Gate. Four of my pictures ran in a gallery with the story.

Michael Stern’s “Build A Better Photograph” Internet Radio Show

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Listen to the interview I did with Michael Stern to hear his thoughts on this picture I made in 1988.

On May 20th, I was given the opportunity to participate in Michael Stern’s online radio program called “Build A Better Photograph.” His show airs live every Friday at 9am (Pacific Standard Time) and features interviews with photographers from all corners of the industry. Michael said the mission of his show is to provide technical and aesthetic knowledge of photography for advanced amateurs, college students and early career professionals so they can “build better photographs, not just take pictures.” In addition to being an informative and entertaining radio host, Michael is an top-notch photographer, dedicated teacher and successful author.

If you have a spare 45 minutes or so, click on the link below and listen in on our conversation, which is archived on his site.

http://buildabetterphotograph.com/category/radioshow/2011/05/20/joe-gosen-52011-episode-16/ (sorry, link no longer available)