Tuesday, December 30, 2008
It still functions as a school of architecture. There are no grades, no tests, and no set period of education, yet it is a fully accredited school of architecture.
Here's the man, himself:
and here are some pix I took of TW on Sunday:
Monday, December 29, 2008
They say that even now she sometimes stumbles upon an unknown treasure in the house left behind by her eccentric father 63 years, or more, before. Like when she spied a mismatched wedge of wood in a ceiling beam. She pried it out to discover some money hidden behind it!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Take a look at this video that details some of the fancy features of the new Radiopoppers. Just announced within the last 24 hours! These sound awesome!
Friday, December 12, 2008
So, without further adieu....
Thursday, December 11, 2008
- Friday or Saturday, Radiopopper is supposed to announce a fancy new version of the popular radiopopper device. Syl Arena has some info here. Also, check out radiopopper's own site.
- Here's a different sort of video editorial on the new Nikon D3X. It's funny, weird, creepy, and really well-produced.
- Here you will find a free Google Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide - SEO PDF
- The girl from famous depression-era picture by Dorothea Lange
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Friday and Saturday I had the wonderful job of photographing kids visiting Santa over at Harmon Elementary in Queen Creek. Santa sure is good with kids. And the reindeer were very patient up on the roof for several hours.
Thanks Harmon Elementary, Dad's Club Dave, Chris Lineberry, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and everyone who lent a hand this weekend.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Lots of good stuff around the cyberspace of photography recently, and here are some of my favorites...
- Detailed tips on improving a bad contract by the ASMP
- If signed in, Google offers a wiki-esque ability to promote, demote and comment on search results
- Check out the Orbis ring flash adaptor (like Ray flash, but with apparent universal fit)
- Polaroid fan? Well the film is going the way of the dinosaur, but this clever app. for the Mac can give you back your instant pix (look) fix.
- Heard about Yousendit? Makes easy work of transmitting large files, even directly from several programs such as Photoshop and Aperture. FTP-based and FREE!
- The folks at ProPhotoLife put together a nice gift guide of Five photo gifts under $50 . I would add the fancy spy tube that I mentioned in a previous post (although it is $50, and tax, shipping, etc. might drive it over the limit....)
- A nice little diatribe on Why Photographers Should Study Design . I couldn't agree more. And a fun, super light incredibly basic intro might be the childrens book, "A Book About Design" by Mark Gonyea. Check it out!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Terrific recent stuff from around cyberspace...
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
- A review of the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 that is my shortlist choice substitute for the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens that I really want.
- I've been a fan of Prem Mukherjee's (of Arising Images in MI) work for some time now. Now I see that he is speaking at Imaging USA here in Phoenix Jan. 11-13. I'm going to have to try to make his presentation.
- RED has announced two amazing sounding (and amazingly high priced) high-resolution digital motion and still cameras, Scarlet and Epic. If they were affordable, it sounds like they would blow everybody else right out of the water!
- A nice little guide to capturing motion in your pics.
- David Ziser comments on a trend toward shooting and burning.
- Turn your images into custom made fabric, then turn that into something else!
- The megapixel myth and why maybe I should just be happy with my 40D!
- Terrific article introducing using high-speed synch for full daylight shoots. Very valuable to those of us in the Phoenix area!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Lamps. That's right. Lamps. Streetlamps to be specific. Just something I ran across in downtown Tempe. Might have been along the rail line.
I like the look of it. What do you think?
I love lamp. BTW, have you seen Anchorman? Lowbrow to be sure, but I bet you laugh. And "I love lamp" is right up there.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
So, I put the temporary kibosh on theknot to save a few dollars and make the transition to a new market. I am happy to report that as of about Nov. 7, I will be back on theknot.com for the AZ/Phoenix/Sedona region!
To commemorate a fresh start (and the anticipated influx of new business and new friends) I have re-designed my logo. Very simple, light, and airy.
The old logo was not nearly as friendly. Hope you like.
Friday, October 24, 2008
So this black lab makes for a far more dramatic image, diving bravely into the deep end chasing the splash and bob of a thrown tennis ball. Go, dog, go!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Or is it just getting to be Halloween time! Oh, yeah, that.
So this handsome fella with the great smile showed up toward the end of the party in Rawhide on Friday night. I think it was the management's idea of a subtle way to say, "Time to check out, folks. Pack up your life and mosey on out, or this guy will go find his sickle and show you the way!"
Maybe it wasn't so subtle after all.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
He trained them six-shooters right between my eyes. I froze.
Then he lowered the guns and said, "Dance."
"But there's n-n-no music..." I stammered.
He shot the ground around my feet, and despite my fear, I thought, this guy has terrible aim! But, lucky for me, the quaking in my boots segued nicely into a gentle two-step.
Everyone around laughed at me and that seemed to satisfy black bart, as he would come to be known. Black Bart, Ridiculer of Sneaky Yellow Photographers.
I lowered my camera in shame and rode out of town in the opposite direction of the sunset. Because, as we all know, riding into the sunset is strictly reserved for the hero.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
There is also a whole lot of new stuff since she was here last.
This funky building with the EXPLORE sign jutting out backwards and at a 90 degree angle.
Nice 'n' arty. Just the way I like 'em.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Some adventurous bicyclists were there when I passed through.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Then he spun a few tales about rustling cattle and chasing a few good-for-nothings (who tried to take what he rightfully stole) into the foothills. A dozen good shots of rotgut later, he quite amicably posed for this shot, although "posed" isn't quite the right word. He kept waving his arms around and starting a new story at every turn.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The Smiths were unable to conceive children and decided to use a surrogate father to start their family. On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr. Smith kissed his wife goodbye and said, "Well, I'm off now. The man should be here soon."
Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer happened to ring the doorbell, hoping to make a sale. "Good morning, Ma'am", he said, "I've come to..."
"Oh, no need to explain," Mrs. Smith cut in, embarrassed, "I've been expecting you."
"Have you really?" said the photographer. "Well, that's good. Did you know babies are my specialty?"
"Well that's what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a seat! After a moment she asked, blushing, "Well, where do we start?"
"Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the couch, and perhaps a couple on the bed. And sometimes the living room floor is fun. You can really spread out there."
"Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn't work out for Harry and me!"
"Well, Ma'am, none of us can guarantee a good one every time. But if we try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven angles, I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results."
"My, that's a lot!" gasped Mrs. Smith.
"Ma'am, in my line of work a man has to take his time. I'd love to be In and out in five minutes, but I'm sure you'd be disappointed with that."
"Don't I know it," said Mrs. Smith quietly.
The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of his baby pictures. "This was done on the top of a bus," he said.
"Oh, my God!" Mrs. Smith exclaimed, grasping at her throat.
"And these twins turned out exceptionally well - when you consider their mother was so difficult to work with."
"She was difficult?" asked Mrs. Smith.
"Yes, I'm afraid so. I finally had to take her to the park to get the job done right. People were crowding around four and five deep to get a good look."
"Four and five deep?" said Mrs. Smith, her eyes wide with amazement.
"Yes", the photographer replied. "And for more than three hours, too. The mother was constantly squealing and yelling - I could hardly concentrate, and when darkness approached I had to rush my shots. Finally, when the squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just had to pack it all in."
Mrs. Smith leaned forward. "Do you mean they actually chewed on your, uh...equipment?"
"It's true, Ma'am, yes. Well, if you're ready, I'll set-up my tripod and we can get to work right away."
"Oh yes, Ma'am. I need to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It's much too big to be held in the hand very long."
Mrs. Smith fainted.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The Saguaro cactus asssociated with the Sonoran Desert are found nowhere else on Earth and can live to be over 150 years old.
Despite developmental sprawl, Arizona still sports many great and small patches of undisturbed desert. Just remember the water and make a lot of noise so you don't startle a rattlesnake!
Look here for more Sonoran Desert Facts.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Caught this fellow on the striking red bike in Chandler, or along the way out.
Suffice it to say, I like the look of the bike and red is a great color for anything trying to elicit the idea or sensation of speed. Must have something to do with the doppler effect. See, I can manage to be a geek even in the midst of all this cool. Sheesh!
Check out this great site for a fun history of the motorcycle with lots of great photos.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
- will free up your friends to simply enjoy the wedding!
- can be ordered about (within reason!)
- has multiples of all important equipment in case of technical failure
- has and understands different lenses to achieve very different looks
- knows how to stay out of the way as needed
- fully understands aperture, shutterspeed, ISO, light, exposure, and white balance
- understands high-speed sych, second-curtain sych, bounce and off-shoe flash
- has a binding contract to serve your photography needs
- will arrange for replacement in case of emergency
- has a proven, tested track record with great composition
- also, proven dealing with no-flash rules, low-light conditions, and other impediments
- Beyond initial photography, the professional understand both proper and creative use of image editing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom
- consults with you about the event and what you like and want in a photo
- stores backup copies of your wedding photographs (including offsite)
Some people are put off by the seemingly high cost of professional wedding photography. It's just a few hours of pushing a shutter button, isn't it?
Only to the naked eye! Here's the real story and I won't even elaborate on the cost and value of years of training and honing of craft, investment in very expensive equipment, marketing and advertising, and staying current with constantly changing software and other tools.
So....for each and every wedding, the following occurs:
- contracts and consultations
- equipment maintenance and cleaning
- format memory, charge batteries, sychronize cameras
- travel, often including a venue exploration days before event
- shoot the event (no small feat with 20 pounds of gear hanging off your neck for eight hours!)
- THEN! multiple backups of image files (burning to DVD-R)
- storage of backup offsite
- initial weed-out of unacceptable images
- 1st phase image edit via Lightroom (typically 1-2 days)
- 2nd phase, highly detailed image edit in Photoshop (3-10 days)
- conversion to usable jpg files, burning, labeling, packaging, shipping proofs or files to client
- creation, editing, and burning of DVD slideshows
- order fulfillment of prints
- creation, consultation, approval, changes, final approval of album design
- Submission, instructions, and order fulfillment of album printing and binding
- image printing, matting, framing, shipping, etc.
- Parent albums, photobooks, file for digital frames or video Ipod or Iphone, etc.
- Follow-up, communication, promotions, etc.
You "see" a day of what may look like easy work, but you reap the benefits of at least two weeks labor, plus all of the training and investment the photographer did behind the scenes! So although your pal who is "into" photography may be inexpensive, a wedding photography professional is priceless!
For further reading, take a look at "Hiring Professionals Pays Off". Well-written and insightful.
I hope I've given you something to think about and thank you for reading!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Stickin' with a theme here for a minute. Bands. Don't remember what band this guy was with, I think it was some sort of band-off competition, so I didn't catch all the details. But I remember he was very serious about beating the skins. And not super happy about me, as I recall. Still, I like the shot. And isn't that all that really matters!?!
Want an introductory drumming for punk lesson? Isn't the internet (and youtube) grand?
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Equals "45 Cents". That's the name of the band this fellow is in. Unfortunately I don't remember his name, but just remember 45 Cents.
They say they had the name well before anybody ever heard of 50 Cent and I believe 'em.
They do a punk/speedpunk sort of thing. Pretty good. And photogenic.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Still, a very interesting experience. Crazy clothes, diva-esque designers (and requisite entourage), and lots and lots of photographers. Because, really, who doesn't want to photograph a bunch of pretty girls all evening?
Want to become a fashion photographer? Take a look at this how to. It's a fun little intro to this very specific part of the market.
On an only slightly related note, ever see the movie Zoolander? Extremely silly, but I challenge you not to laugh.
Derek Zoolander asks the truly important question, "Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good-looking?"
And while you're mulling that over, I have to mention that I saw a baby last week that looked just like the baby Zoolander at the end of the movie. Crazy!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Taken at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI. Greenfield Village is an entire village of American History (right next door to Henry Ford Museum which is a similar theme but more of an indoor venture).
Greenfield Village is open year round, showcasing different aspects of American history in each of the four seasons. Winter visits are only for die-hards, but it is very nice around Christmas.
Here is a brief historical timeline of the suffragette movement in American that you might find interesting. It goes much further back than the early 20th Century. Happy reading!
Sunday, October 05, 2008
These two polar bears sure are fond of each other. Aw, shucks!
These incredible beasts are in a bit of trouble up there in the Arctic Circle. To learn about polar bear conservation and how you can help, check out Polar Bears International. Pix, webcam action, PB giftshop, info for teachers and a whole bunch more.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
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