(Sunday night) Monday Coffee Links!

I have put together another great list of inspirational, yet informative links for you. This week there are a few new artists that I would like to draw some attention to along with some industry news that is worthy of reading as well. Leading-off is some very high quality work that I have been looking at for the past three days. The Photography of Joanna Kustra is simply stunning. Obviously working with large light modifiers and creating very soft-lit wonderfully-beautiful portraits. I also enjoyed looking back through her previous work to see her style changes. Over all very nice work. 2010 …

The 8×12, the “New 8×10”.

Over the years I have done my share of cropping photos, and even back in the darkroom I would be a little upset when I put my 8×10 piece of paper under the enlarger only to find that I would end up clipping 2-inches of my image right off. The 8×10 format has a long standing in the history of photography, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a shift to the 8×12, the “New 8×10”. To be honest, my framer that has been making 8×12 inch frames for awhile now. I was in the process of picking up some 20×30 inch …

What Is High-Speed Sync?

What is High-Speed Sync? High-Speed Sync allows photographers the ability to shoot using flash at higher than normal flash sync speeds. With older cameras your highest shutter speed that you could flash sync with was either 1/60s or 1/125s. But thanks to the new technology in current digital cameras we are now able to sync at shutter speeds up to 1/8000s of a second. A few basics about flash: 1. Flash Duration. The amount of time that it takes your flash to dispense it’s set power. A flash set at 1/1(full)-power takes a longer amount of time to discharge than a flash set to, …

What I wanted to be when I was 9 years old.

When I was about 9 I think that most of my life was wrapped-up in playing baseball and the most responsibility that I had was making sure that my paper route was done by 5pm on weekdays – 8am on the weekends. Getting every paper delivered by 8am on weekends was actually like my warm-up for baseball which usually started at 8, 9 or 10 am. Dad was always there with me, arriving a good 30 minutes early most of the time to stretch and warm-up. Flashback: I have always had a mild amusement with the camera and the fact …

Zack Arias interviewed by Chase Jarvis

First off, I have to let you know that this is the longest YouTube video that I have ever watched (2 hours). Chase must have an inside connection at YouTube HQ to be able to get away with an upload of that size! How to approach watching this video: I first had full intentions of watching this start to end without any disruptions. Well, we all know when you’re on-line how hard that is. I ended up breaking this into three viewing sessions, works well with my ADD if you know what I mean. I do dislike taking RAW content from one …

Prints Hanging on Display at Luna Cafe

It’s that time again, I recently had some huge prints made up and have them on display at Luna Cafe in De Pere, WI. For a more clear picture, head on down to Luna to check them out. All prints are 40″ x 60″ and would love to have a new home. Let me add that transporting these things was a bit of a puzzle due to the size, but I will gladly transport them to wherever you would need them to get to. I would also like to extend a thank you to Craig Johnson and my dear Maggie …

A Visit to The Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay

Photography to me holds a significant power to help others. This time, The Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay. These are the start of a new little project that I will be working on with a friend at the club. The thought behind this is to show that The Boys and Girls Club is not just a place where kids hang out, it’s a place that helps school age youth make better choices and reach their full potential in a safe and accepting environment. It teaches all young people, regardless of background or circumstances to be equipped to respect others and …

What Photography is to me – Part 2

There are many reasons why I like this photo. The first one that comes to mind is the silver heels. Second, the red text. Third the reflection of the text on the floor. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

What Photography is to me – Part 1 of ?

Photography to me started when I was as little as I can remember back, my dad would always have a camera and a video camera at just about every single thing that we did and went to. I won’t get too much into video because I was not called into that area. My calling/passion is in the still world, a picture. One at a time, several a day, millions in my lifetime. I capture images because that is what makes me, me. My goal in these “What Photography is to Me” blog posts is gain a better understanding and awareness of what …

Sunday Coffee Links

Spending the morning looking through some of the archives and came across this picture of me that was taken in March 2009 on Mt. Lemmon, AZ. It inspired me. We are so small to this world around us and yet, at times, we are so oblivious of our surroundings. How often do we take a minute of our day and think about how great and inspiring the world is around us [the present actual world, not cyber world]. All we have to do is let it in. No texting needed. No technology needed. No talking even needed. Just sit back and enjoy, nature is …

Stepwise Returns TONIGHT!

I had that awesome experience to photograph, hang-out, talkin’ smack and making a few pics of these six guys known as Stepwise. As a few of you may know I was highly involved with Boy Scouts as a kid/young adult. Yes, I earned my Eagle Scout, I earned loads of merit badges and wore a neckerchief that proudly displayed Troop 872. But one of the best things that I have taken from the scouting program is the friends that I remain in contact with over the years. Life always has a way of disconnecting you with people of great meaning and friendship …

Skeeted to Chicago for Some Fastpitch Softball

Headed out to Chicago on a last minute whim  this weekend to catch a 4-game weekend of Fastpitch softball for Marian University. It’s my younger sister’s senior year my chances to get some action pics of her playing are dwindling. I’ve covered her little league games from the time I bought my first SLR camera in high school, and have always made it a point to meet a few times every season to get some shots. I even took a two trips out to AZ for their “spring training” and enjoyed a week of double headers. Gigs of photos later, we are here at …

Roadside Beauty

Been thinking spring lately with the weather changing and the grass getting greener. Warmer weather means better shooting conditions and less ‘dead’ looking landscapes. I think everyone enjoys a life-filled photograph, but I can relate to the lack-of-life. My latest project that I have started includes pieces of life that are now……lacking life as one may put it. They have been passed along and are now out of one’s life. Right out the window that is; on the side of the road. Some of these objects as I walked by them could make one flashback to it’s previous life to …

A Richard Avedon Essay – “Be kind to me”

Digging deeper and deeper into the history of photography I love when I find something that really impacts and motivates. [Enter Richard Avedon] Today it is kind of a “guest blog” when I think about it. I’ll keep it to that and leave you with the essay that Avedon wrote about his “photo opportunity” with Henry Kissinger. I once went to Washington for what they call a “photo opportunity” with Henry Kissinger. As I led him to the camera, he said a puzzling thing. He said, “Be kind to me.” I wish there had been time to ask him exactly …

Bookmarked…

I have hundreds of photographers bookmarked in my browser, and the list keep growing and growing. This post is the first a many more to come in which I share a few links out of my bookmark vault. The three below, Steve Grubman, Tom Maday and Sean Williams, just so happen to all be located in the Chicago area. These are not in any particular order and are here for your resource. I take time to look at their sites to see what they have been up to, and  watch their work change direction and continue to grow. Basically  I’m …

Sharing Some Old [but new] Work

These are a few images that are one-offs as many say. I kinda like to look at them in a manor that’s a bit different. Every few months I like to take a look back at the work that I have produced and see if I overlooked an image to two, or if I have any unplanned collections of work that I can build on or complete as well as seeing if there is anything that will complement my current projects. So really, this is just some photos that no one has really even seen but me. Comments welcome. The …