My Snaps

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Seen at the Museum

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LACMA, los angeles, ca (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

LACMA, los angeles, ca (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

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August 12th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

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Kani Xiong, Tattoo Artist

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Kani Xiong is a tattoo artist in Appleton, Wisconsin (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

Kani Xiong is a tattoo artist in Appleton, Wisconsin (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

While traveling with dutch journalist, Maarten Kolsloot, on a story about a couple dutch brothers working their way through the minor leagues we ended up in Appleton, Wisconsin. As is evident young players like getting tattoos. This brought us to Colt’s Timeless Tattoos in Appleton where we met Kani Xiong, a tattoo artist with, of course, his own set of amazing tattoos. Before I even asked Kani to do some pictures I knew I wanted to make a photograph in the front of the store where there was nice window light and these very cool, dark paintings on the wall. I also noted that the walls were blue/green so also cool in tone. I thought if I had the opportunity to do a portrait, warm skin tones would be a nice contrast against the wall.

After chatting awhile I finally asked if we could do some photos. Both portraits and of him working. At first he was a bit reluctant because he didn’t feel photographs of him would be appropriate to the story we were working on. But he eventually agreed.
Working with window light is pretty straight forward, I wanted to get a nice ratio of highlight to shadow on his face but I also knew this lighting ratio would really highlight the tattoos. Putting Kani closer to window would also allow the wall and paintings to be slightly darker separating him from the background and creating depth to the photo.
Click the photo to see a few more photographs of Kani.

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July 31st, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Palm Tree

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palm tree, Pasadena, CA (John Nelson)

palm tree, Pasadena, CA (John Nelson)

“I long to see a vista uninterrupted by the skinny, merciless palms — they mock the very idea of shade, and in a region with abundant sunshine, their presence is exasperating. Like alien invaders, reckless colonizers, and “escaped exotics,” as invasive plant species are known, palms have driven out more modest species, claiming, as autocrats do, the exclusive right to reign supreme — they alone signify the arboreal realm of Los Angeles despite their inability to provide shade, their over-reliance on water and their environmental incongruity.”

–Piety and Perversity: The Palms of Los Angeles by Victoria Dailey

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July 26th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

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Mr Padre

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Anthony Keith "Tony" Gwynn, Sr. (May 9, 1960 – June 16, 2014), nicknamed Mr. Padre and Captain Video, was an American professional baseball right fielder who played 20 seasons (1982–2001) in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres. The left-handed hitting Gwynn won eight batting titles in his career, tied for the second-most in MLB history. He is considered one of the best and most consistent hitters in baseball history. He was an 18-time All-Star, recognized for his skills both on offense and defense with seven Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Glove Awards. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, his first year of eligibility. Gwynn attended college at San Diego State University (SDSU), where he played both college baseball and college basketball for the San Diego State Aztecs. He was selected by the Padres in the third round of the 1981 MLB Draft as the 58th overall pick. Gwynn played in the only two World Series appearances in San Diego's franchise history. He had a .338 career batting average and never hit below .309 in any full season. Gwynn accumulated 3,141 career hits as a contact hitter. Following his retirement, the Padres retired his jersey number 19 in 2004. He served as head baseball coach for the Aztecs. Gwynn died on June 16, 2014, after battling salivary gland cancer. (John Nelson)
Years ago when I was a photographer in the San Diego area I got to spend an afternoon with one of the great MLB hitters of all time, Hall-of-Famer Tony Gywnn and his family in their Poway, Calif. home. He didn’t just have talent he was was an amazing student of the game and spent extra  hours at batting practice and pioneered the use of video in perfecting his swing and honing his craft. When reading the many obituaries you’ll find that he was classy guy, down to earth and loved by  baseball fans. RIP Mr Padre.
click on the photo to see a couple more photos from that afternoon.

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June 17th, 2014 at 4:11 am

Memorial Day

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A sentinel guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. (John Nelson)

A sentinel guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. (John Nelson)

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May 26th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

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Julie Lawson

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Julie Lawson is a marketing consultant and environmental activist in Washington, DC. (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

Julie Lawson is a marketing consultant and environmental activist in Washington, DC. (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

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April 23rd, 2014 at 4:09 pm

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It’s Right at the Tip of my Tongue

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comic book super heroes gather on the Mall, Washington, DC. (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

comic book super heroes gather on the Mall, Washington, DC. (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

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April 20th, 2014 at 3:09 am

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NOMA Chef’s Competition

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Water and Wall works on final touches on entry at NOMAbid Chef's Competition, Washington, DC (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

Water and Wall works on final touches on entry at NOMAbid Chef’s Competition, Washington, DC (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

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April 20th, 2014 at 12:55 am

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Heather Schoell

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Heather Schoell came to DC 18 years ago, and in 2000, she and her husband Eric bought a house on Capitol Hill where they still live with two children, a cat, and a dog. She likes books, music, photography, and Project Runway. Heather advocates for the success of public schools, writes for the Hill Rag, and is a real estate agent with The Smith Team. She strives for a strong and healthy community.

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April 8th, 2014 at 12:58 am

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Ivan Frishberg

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Ivan Frishberg is an ANC Commissioner from the Eastern Market neighborhood in Ward 6. He is a prominent environmental and community activist in DC. Follow Ivan on Twitter: @DCIvan

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February 13th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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