‘HULK’ THE WORLD’S BIGGEST PIT BULL!

I had the pleasure of photographing ‘Hulk’ the world’s largest pit bull weighing in at 175lbs and still growing. He’s a handsome dog with an amazing temperament…..just don’t piss him off.  The weather was a frigid -14 degrees celsius in New Hampshire but we managed to get a couple of nice images despite the tight UK deadline, the cold weather and the exhaustion from his new found fame!!

Hulk, the world's biggest pit bull!l © Dan Callister

Hulk, the world’s biggest pit bull © Dan Callister

Lisa and Jordan © Dan Callister

Lisa and Jordan of Dark Dynasty K9’s with Hulk © Dan Callister

The world's biggest pit bull © Dan Callister

The world’s biggest pit bull © Dan Callister

Hulk takes the writer for a walk! © Dan Callister

Hulk takes the writer for a walk! © Dan Callister

Hulk the world's biggest pit bull © Dan Callister

Hulk the world’s biggest pit bull © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Saturday, March 7th, 2015

INSIDE AMERICA’S TOUGHEST JAIL

I’ve been on the road for the past week or so in Arizona and was assigned to photograph Sheriff Joe Apaio’s notorious Tent City Jail in Maricopa County. We had full access to photograph Tent City, the inmates and the chain gangs out in the field including burial detail.  Sheriff Joe Arpaio, calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff”. His infamy comes from his tough stance on crime and the criminals involved. He does not think twice about putting women prisoners in chain gangs and forces male prisoners to wear pink underwear under their black-and-white-striped jail uniforms.   “Tent City” lacks even basic air conditioning, temperatures regularly top 130 degrees, causing heat-related health issues amongst its jail population. The Sheriff once boasted that he spends more feeding his police dogs than he does on feeding his prisoners: “The dogs never committed a crime and they work for a living,” he said to justify the poor quality of the food served in his jails.

Sheriff Joe Apaio © Dan Callister

Sheriff Joe Apaio © Dan Callister

Chain Gang © Dan Callister

Chain Gang © Dan Callister

Sheriff's Detention Officer, Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

Sheriff’s Detention Officer, Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

The Infamous Vacancy sign, Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

The Infamous Vacancy sign on the main guard tower, Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

Inmates during downtime © Dan Callister

Inmates during downtime © Dan Callister

Female chain gang leave for burial detail © an Callister

A female chain gang leave’s for burial detail © Dan Callister

Chain gang burial detail © Dan Callister

A chain gang burial © Dan Callister

A moment of silence at the burial © Dan Callister

A moment of silence at the funeral © Dan Callister

The guard tower overlooking Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

The guard tower overlooking Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

 

For more pictures, please go to the America’s Toughest Jail gallery

Read more.. Saturday, February 28th, 2015

INTERNATIONAL UFO CONGRESS CONVENTION

I’m here in Arizona to cover The International UFO Congress Convention in Scottsdale. The convention is a fascinating event and there are some interesting and colorful characters here, all with a story to tell…. A believer or not, you will be entertained!

International UFO Congress  © Dan Callister

International UFO Congress © Dan Callister

Grey Aliens © Dan Callister

Grey Aliens © Dan Callister

Derrel 'The Alien Hunter' Sims © Dan Callister

Derrel ‘The Alien Hunter’ Sims © Dan Callister

A Grey Alien © Dan Callister

A Grey Alien © Dan Callister

Physicist and UFO researcher Stanton Friedman © Dan Callister

Physicist and UFO researcher Stanton Friedman © Dan Callister

UFO Congress Convention © Dan Callister

UFO Congress Convention © Dan Callister

Read more.. Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

MAYBE A SIGN OF SPRING IN NEW YORK?

I saw these birds in Central Park as I was passing through and saw the first sign of some snowdrops (Galanthus) this year.  Hoping for some warmer weather here on the East Coast, this winter just won’t end…

A female house sparrow with some snow drops in Central Park © Dan Callister

A female house sparrow (Passer domesticus) with some snowdrops in Central Park today © Dan Callister

Birds in Central Park as the recent snowfall February 11, 2015 starts to thaw in Central Park

A Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) snacking on worms in Central Park © Dan Callister

A female Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Copyright Dan Callister

A female Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Copyright Dan Callister

Birds in Central Park as the recent snowfall February 11, 2015 starts to thaw in Central Park

A Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) filling his boots on grubs © Dan Callister

 

 

Read more.. Thursday, February 12th, 2015

THE VALUE OF PHOTOJOURNALISM

An interesting video published by the National Press Photographers Association on the true value of having photographers on staff……..

Read more.. Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

NOW ON INSTAGRAM

Finally relented and joined the Instagram…..

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Read more.. Monday, January 19th, 2015

HOUSE SPARROWS TAKING A BATH

I saw a pair of house sparrows bathing in a stream the other day. It looked like something you would see in early spring not the beginning of January!

House Sparrows near a stream © Dan Callister

House Sparrows near a stream © Dan Callister

A House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) bathes in a shallow pool January 02, 1015 in Manhattan, New York, USA

A breeding pair of House Sparrows bathing © Dan Callister

A House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) bathes in a shallow pool January 02, 1015 in Manhattan, New York, USA

A male House Sparrow bathing © Dan Callister

A House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) bathes in a shallow pool January 02, 1015 in Manhattan, New York, USA

A female House Sparrow take’s a bath © Dan Callister

A male House Sparrow takes a dip © Dan Callister

A male House Sparrow takes a dip © Dan Callister

A pair of House Sparrows bathe in a stream © Dan Callister

A pair of House Sparrows bathe in a stream © Dan Callister

Read more.. Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

THE STATUE OF LIBERTY AT SUNSET

I needed a few images to mark the end of 2014 and managed to score a nice sunset behind the Statue of Liberty….Best wishes for the coming New Year…….Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!!

The Statue of Liberty at sunset © Dan Callister

The Statue of Liberty at sunset © Dan Callister

Lady Liberty at sunset © Dan Callister

Lady Liberty at sunset © Dan Callister

Seagulls with the Statue of Liberty © Dan Callister

Seagulls (Laridae) with the Statue of Liberty © Dan Callister

The Statue of Liberty © Dan Callister

The Statue of Liberty © Dan Callister

Lady Liberty, New York Harbor © Dan Callister

Lady Liberty, New York Harbor © Dan Callister

Read more.. Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

ANOTHER YEAR COMES TO A CLOSE……

It has been a strange old year with a real mixture of assignments. I met some amazing people along the way and was lucky enough to be sent to Uruguay, Chile, South Africa, Wales, a few other places and of course Staten Island. I’ve posted a few images from some of the various jobs that I was assigned over the past twelve months. Hopefully 2015 will be a good year for all. Wishing everyone Happy Holiday’s, a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

Angus and Charlie © Dan Callister

My nephews Angus and Charlie in NYC © Dan Callister

Alexis' first football coach Alberto Toledo© Dan Callister

Alexis Sanchez’s first football coach Alberto Toledo in Tocopillar, Chile © Dan Callister

Tamara Mellon in New York © Dan Callister

Fashion mogul Tamara Mellon in New York © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark breaches on a group of Cape Fur Seals © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark breaches on a group of Cape Fur Seals, South Africa © Dan Callister

Chaplain Mike Lawrence © Dan Callister

Civil War Chaplain Mike Lawrence © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal on a stormy first day at sea © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal on a stormy first day at sea, South Africa © Dan Callister

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Lifestyle writer Ruby Warrington in the studio © Dan Callister

The look of surprise on this unfortunate fish © Dan Callister

An egret captures lunch © Dan Callister

Singer-songwriter Sam Smith in New York © Dan Callister

British Singer Sam Smith in New York © Dan Callister

Baby Gorilla © Dan Callister

A baby gorilla gazes into his mothers eyes © Dan Callister

Baby Anna © Dan Callister

Baby Anna and her new toothy pegs! © Dan Callister

The New York skyline with the Freedom Tower © Dan Callister

The New York skyline with the newly completed One World Trade Center  © Dan Callister

The 25th Annual Neshaminy State Park Civil War reenactment April 05, 2014 in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

Civil War reenactor Keith Kauffman © Dan Callister

Civil War reenactor Larry Burger © Dan Callister

Civil War reenactor Larry Burger © Dan Callister

Jonathan Powell © Dan Callister

Civil war drummer boy Jonathan Powell © Dan Callister

An African Penguin makes his way home after a day at sea © Dan Callister

An African Penguin makes his way home after a long day at sea © Dan Callister

Alpha Male Snow Monkey © Dan Callister

An Alpha Male Snow Monkey © Dan Callister

A car explodes on First Avenue  © Dan Callister

A car explodes on First Avenue © Dan Callister

 

 

Read more.. Sunday, December 21st, 2014

ON A ROOFTOP WITH SINGER-SONGWRITER SAM SMITH

Singer-songwriter Sam Smith December 12, 2014 in Manhattan, New York, USA

Sam Smith in New York City © Dan Callister

I was recently assigned to do a portrait of singer-songwriter Sam Smith.  We had very limited time to photograph Sam, something close to five minutes before he headed to Madison Square Garden for a concert with Taylor Swift. We needed something that put Sam in New York, so we scouted a location on the roof, of which Sam was game despite it being more than a little chilly outside, brass balls to be exact! I ended up shooting it on a 100mm lens, to compress the background with a  shallow depth of field. Two lights were used, one with a medium softbox to light Sam and the other light from behind with a grid to give him some separation from the darker background.

This is the actual location © Dan Callister

This is the actual location with the lighting set-up © Dan Callister

Sam Smith © Dan Callister

Sam Smith in Manhattan © Dan Callister

Read more.. Sunday, December 14th, 2014