welcome

industrial compsitionWelcome to Taylor Mahoney Photography. I hope to use this site as a forum to write about my photographic process, and a place to showcase my most recent work. Scroll down for my blog and recent stuff, or check out the tabs at the top of the page for my portfolio and other information. I would love to hear from you, let me know what you think. Enjoy…

Photo-J Favorites One Year In

It has been quite a year…I started working as a staff photographer for the Arizona Daily Sun, Flagstaff’s local news paper, took over black and white printing operations for Hidden Light and did a lot of personal stuff in addition. Below is a slide show of about 30 of my favorite images taken while on assignment for the Sun during my first year as an official photojournalist. Some of these have been on this blog before, but perhaps that is for a reason, this is not a complete best-of-year, just best-of-year-at-the daily sun… Click on an image to enter the slide show and see caption info…

Some additional features and stuff

A few shots from the last month or so, everything from portrait, to feature and even some sports shots that I don’t hate…make sure to click on an image to enter the slideshow and show caption info.

A Few Fine Features

A selection of feature shots from the last month or so taken around Flagstaff…Enjoy.

Forest Thinning

In an attempt to keep the ball rolling, here is another slideshow from a recent assignment I shot for the Arizona Daily Sun…State and local crews are working on a few sizable forest thinning projects in the Flagstaff area. Some residents see trucks full of logs coming out of the forest and fear that  the thinning has gone too far and is more like a clear cut.

Unfortunately the article kind of spins it this way, which couldn’t be further from the truth. The thinning of sick, dead and over crowded Ponderosas is necessary for forest health and to help reduce the risk from wildfire. Our forests are far too dense from generations of mismanagement, a forest floor covered in pine needles is bad, there needs to be open space, grasses and flowers too. Here is a link to the original article, and the slide show below, click on an image to enter the slide show and see captions etc…

Discovery Channel Telescope

I promise this blog isn’t dead, I have been quite busy working for the Arizona Daily Sun as well as printing at a traditional black and white darkroom, this has left the ol’ blog on the way back burner for a while…Hopefully this post will be the first of many as i attempt to reboot this site with new content and new ideas. Below are photos I took while on a tour of the Discovery Channel Telescope for an article at the Sun. This was a rare and exciting opportunity to tour this not typically open to the public site. Please check out the following link to read the story written by Eric Betz…

 

Changing of the Guard pt.2::Week One as a Canon Shooter…

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If you are just seeing this post, please read over the previous post Here…Ok now that we are all on the same page, Ze Going…

I have had the Canon 5dMkIII in my hands for about a week, and so far it is a very serious upgrade from my previous rig. That isn’t to say I don’t have some grievances with it, but let’s start with what is good before moving onto what I don’t like/understand. To save room on my home page, please hit the following link to read the rest of the story (sorry for somewhat poor image quality in this post, all were shot on an old D200 (a basically piece of shit camera)… Continue reading

Changing of the Guard::My journey into shooting Canon…

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For those of you who know me, or have followed this blog with any regularity, you will know that I have been a loyal Nikon shooter since I took the digital plunge back in 2005 or so…I started with a D70s, moved onto a D300s and have been through several D200’s. They have (for the most part) worked swimmingly and I couldn’t have been happier…

Again, for those who know me personally, you know that late last year I managed the impossible, I was hired as a staff photographer, at a news paper, like a real, daily print paper (yes they still exist, and so do photo jobs). While the paper has lots of Nikon pool lenses, their camera body selection is, well, less than optimal. Which is why until last week, I opted to use my personal D300s for assignments.

What happened last week you may ask? The frame count passed 167,700 images on that camera, and it decided to go to that great gear grave yard in the sky. And while this is a tragic event (there is no way I can afford a new camera right now), it couldn’t have been better timed. The very next day, my editor at the paper called me up and told me I was switching to Canon and that he had a brand new 5dMkIII and the classic trifecta of lenses  and flashes for me…

I will shoot on anything. Personally, I don’t believe in the Nikon/Canon debate (everyone knows Leica is the best anyway). A camera is just a tool, it’s vision and technical expertise that really matter. Either way, today I start a new series on this blog about my journey into a Canon shooter. Like Luther before me I will be nailing a list of grievances to this blog’s wall as well as discussing the success’s and surprises along the way…

Stay tuned in the next day or so for my initial reactions from my first couple assignments with the new rig in my hands…

A Hotsy Totsy 1920s Tea

Although I haven’t been posting much as of late, that does not mean I haven’t been busy. Quite the opposite in fact…Stay tuned right here for more details about the last few months coming soon. But on a current note, I had the distinct pleasure of photographing a 1920s themed tea party hosted by the one and only Dapper Dre this evening. Head over to the Taylor Mahoney Photography Facebook Page to check it out and join the conversation…

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Winter Storm On It’s Way

Flagstaff is supposed to be hit with what could be our first real winter storm this weekend. I drove to the edge of the Mogollon Rim to check out the clouds as they roll into Flagstaff. Although it came close, the sun never broke through the clouds to give a little color to the sunset; however, considering the frigid nature of this storm system, I think I prefer the cold color palette in these photos…

Halloween at The Raven Café

mahoney_20131031_0783I spent Halloween night shooting a very fun dance party featuring Oh! Allen the DJ and hosted by The Raven Café in Prescott, Ariz. If you are looking for the photos from the night, then head over to the Taylor Mahoney Photography Facebook Page to see more…Make sure you ‘Like’ the page so you can tag yourself and your friends…