I'm currently a student at IUPUI taking classes to get into medical school, following a full-time position as a research writer at the Center for Hip and Knee Surgery and publishing six papers. Outside of all that science, though, I take photos whenever and wherever I can. I often freelance for The Indianapolis Star, and I completed a six-week stint at the Lafayette Journal & Courier while one of their photographers was on leave. I also do wedding photography, as well as whatever catches my fancy for my blog.

I've been places:

  • London for a science public relations internship
  • Basketball games across the Midwest following the IU men's team
  • Indiana state spelling and trivia championships in high school
  • Madrid for a six-month study abroad program
  • All over Ohio for the 2012 presidential campaign
  • Guatemala, as a translator for Operation Walk

On the side, I volunteer at IRIS. I had a good reading voice in high school, born of acting out Dave Barry columns as a kid when no one was home and fine-tuned by that greatest of lifelong influences, my theater teacher. Now, I put that little quirk to good use, reading newspapers and books for the visually impaired.

My lifelong dreams are for these and future pursuits to take me to the lip of an active volcano and to low-Earth orbit. (Call me crazy, but that's what a childhood of imagination and Bill Nye the Science Guy will do to you.) If I can tell a few stories along the way, stories that change people's minds and open their eyes, then I will consider my life complete.

En español

En la actualidad soy estudiante en IUPUI tomando clases para entrarme en una facultad de medicina, despés de trabajar de jornada completa como escritor de investigación en el Center for Hip and Knee Surgery y publicar seis informes. Fuera de toda esta ciencia, hago fotos donde y cuando pueda. A menudo soy fotógrafo freelance para The Indianapolis Star, y trabajé durante seis semanas en la primavera de 2013 para el Journal & Courier en Lafayette. También hago fotos de bodas, y hago lo que me interese para mi blog.

He viajado a muchos lugares:

  • Londres para una pasantía de relaciones públicas de las ciencias
  • Juegos de baloncesto a través del Media Oeste siguiendo el equipo de Indiana University
  • Campeonatos estatales de deletreo y trivialidades en la escuela secundaria
  • Madrid durante seis meses de estudio en el extranjero
  • En todas partes de Ohio para la campaña presidencial de 2012
  • Guatemala, donde fui traductor para Operation Walk

Aparte de esto, trabajo de voluntariado con IRIS. Tenía una buena voz para leer en la escuela secundaria, nacida de exteriorizar las columnas de Dave Barry como niño cuando no estaba nadie en casa, y afinada por mi maestra de teatro. Ya, doy buen uso a esa singularidad, leyendo periódicos y libros para los quienes no pueden leer.

Mis sueños que han persistido durante toda mi vida son que estas búsquedas me traen al pico de un volcán activo y a la órbita terrestre. (Llámame loco; es lo que te resulta una juventud de la imaginación y Bill Nye the Science Guy.) Si pueda contar unos cuentos durante el recorrido, cuentos que cambian la mente y abren los ojos, pues consideraré completa mi vida.

In English

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Awards and Recognition

  • Eagle Scout, 2004
  • Published, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, May 2008
  • Published, Orthopedics, March 2010
  • 1st place, sports action black & white photo, Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), 2010
  • 1st place, sports multi-page black & white presentation (staff), CSPA, 2010
  • 2nd place, photo spread (staff), College Media Advisers, 2010
  • 3rd place, feature black & white photo, CPSA, 2011
  • 2nd place, student-life spread (with two others), Indiana Collegiate Press Association, 2011
  • 1st place, photo slideshow (staff), CSPA, 2011
  • 2nd place, secondary online coverage (staff), CSPA, 2011
  • Kappa Tau Alpha journalism honors fraternity, 2011
  • Ernie Pyle Scholar, Indiana University School of Journalism, 2007-2011
  • Graduate with distinction, Indiana University Bloomington, 2011
  • In two photos of the week galleries, The Indianapolis Star, 2011
  • Published, Bone and Joint Research, April 2012
  • Editor's pick, Demotix, Oct. 9, 2012
  • Two photos in a photos of the week gallery, The Indianapolis Star, Dec. 20, 2012
  • Published, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, January 2013
  • Published, Bone and Joint Journal, November 2013
  • Honorable mention, feature single, Indiana News Photographers Association College Photographer of the Year competition, Feb. 20, 2014
  • Published, HSS Journal, Summer 2014

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Partial Solar Eclipse of 2014


2014.10.23

Yesterday, there was a partial solar eclipse visible to pretty much the entire United States. I really wanted to see it; I missed the nine previous times a partial eclipse was visible in Indianapolis in my lifetime, and I have to wait until 2017 for my next opportunity (but first chance I get, I'm booking a hotel room in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, to see totality).

To watch this eclipse safely, I found a piece of welder's glass left over from the transit of Venus in 2012. I wanted to do better than take photos of a green sun, though, and Roberts had what I needed: a neutral density filter (the test of which captured the first of the four suns shown below). It makes everything about 10 stops darker, so it's not feasible for anything but taking photos of really bright objects. It was worth the money, both because this was my first eclipse and because I could use it in the future to take photos of sunspots. I'm a nerd.

I then found a spot along Eagle Creek Reservoir, called a friend over to see the show with me, waited until 5:32pm, and... watched clouds cover the Sun. They were patchy enough at first, so I shot until a solid wall of cloud completely blocked the view half an hour before sunset. I was a bit disappointed...

...but only a small bit. Every time I could fire a clear-ish shot, I looked at the back of my camera and saw something I had never seen in person before: Earth's nearest celestial neighbor casting a shadow onto me, blocking out at least a little bit of the light that Earthly life has depended on for five billion years. I said, "This is so cool!" at least five times in the hour I spent shooting.

Composite of four photos taken at 2:12pm, 5:56pm, 6:02pm, and 6:12pm. Used 80-200mm lens with 77mm ND1000 filter.
Composite of four photos taken at 2:12pm, 5:56pm, 6:02pm, and 6:12pm. Captured with a Nikon D300, 80-200mm lens, and 77mm ND1000 filter.

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This has blown my mind: The band didn't even exist in HS


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