World’s Largest Dome Structure – The Bigloo!

A few weeks ago I get a call from my friend Ben who I have not heard from in a few weeks. After a short conversation of catching-up, he told me about this group of people that were building an igloo in their back yard and going for a new Guinness World Record™. My response, “That’s pretty cool.” One week went by and the “Bigloo” was still under construction and my schedule was so that I wasn’t able to make it over to shoot, but I was more excited to shoot this thing in it’s final completion. Fast forward another …

A Renewed Point of View

I have had a bit of trouble making time to get out and shoot for myself lately. [Work] is demanding more and more of my time and creativity so when I get home, I need that recovery downtime. I have some really great ideas and projects that I’m planning, but I’m still working out the details and logistics before finalizing and creating. I hope that everything works out. Turn the page. I have really been into the panoramic stitching mode with my photography as of late. It started with a few cell-phone pictures that I stitched together to make a …

Update from yesterday

Well, yesterday didn’t entirely go as planned. To be honest, I didn’t even get a chance to take my camera out of my bag. :( I’m not too disappointed though, instead of making pictures I ran into some really great people yesterday that have influenced very many of my photographs. I don’t really believe that there was a defining moment in my life where I said to myself, “hey, I want to be a photographer.” It was more of a “calling” as many call it. I remember going my older siblings sports games with my family and no matter who …

On the Road Today

I have set a personal project today to photograph some of my old childhood stomping grounds. As I head back into memory lane I plan on photographing places where some more-than-major events happened to be me in my life that relate to where I am now. (One may argue that all things that happened in the past made me who I am today, but these are direct things that I see have impacted me and my photographic journey.) I will be posting the results of this adventure this afternoon/evening. Stay tuned!

It’s Winter….Still

Just when I started thinking to myself the other day that winter was “almost” over, we had another four inches of  snow fall. I’m getting really excited for this “winter blues” weather to break and Spring to make things green again. I’m also looking forward to hitting the trails with my bike, taking walks without having to wear as many layers that I dress like the Marshmallow Man, Touring Wisconsin’s Disk Golf Courses, Music at The Small Theater and Drinking a Cup of Coffee outside at Luna. Last weekend I got a call from a friend of mine wondering if I …

Sunday Coffee Links!

There is a slew of new links to share this Valentine’s Sunday! Trying to stay true to my purpose of this blog is to keep the inspiration and creativity going not only within my own head, but within your head too. Coffee always helps too. Thumbing through the Strobist flickr pool with a search requirement limited to the term “coffee” turned up some really nice results. Really opened my eyes to some new ideas. One of my RSS feeds that I follow announced the launching of an entire website dedicated to Canon Speedlight shooters. (Speedliting.com) I’m a Nikon user myself, …

Jpgmag.com Contest

I have been a member of jpgmag.com for a few years now, It all started with a trip to the the Green Bay Barnes & Noble one day for a day of looking and picking apart photographs in magazines. With a bold cover, JPG stood out along with the likes of PDN, Archive, SliverShotz, and Skateboarding magazines but I owe more of my inspiration to the online JPG (jpgmag.com) due to members of all skill-sets from all over the world. There are some pretty awesome photos done by “amateurs” and hobbyists that rank up there with some of the best …

The HDR Debate

Going through that RSS feeds this morning and I see another post about HDR effects on Scott Kelby’s blog today. Just wanted to share my response to that along with the original post from Scott. HDR “Quote of the Week” A week or so ago, by buddy Dave Cross had a great post called “The Debate about HDR”, which talked about the strong feelings photographers have about HDR, both pro and con (here’s the link). But what really caught my attention was a comment posted by one of his readers, because I’ve heard other photographers say the same thing, but …

Working late these next few days

At work we are in the middle of shooting to promotional material and due to scheduling with the clients we end-up having to work into the evening hours. Far different from those shoots that many of us professionals are used to going into the weeee-morning hours of 1-2am. At the end of a hard days work it’s always humbling to walk out to my car with sunset like this. Just wanted to share the view.

Sunday Coffee Links

Ever pickup your camera and wonder what to shoot? Are you working on your new 365-project and starting to hit a wall on this 10th day of 2010? Trying to find that new subject or “look” for your next shoot? Here’s a list of a some links that should help get your creative juices flowing. As always, if you are looking for something to shoot. Great content is only a few clicks away with David Hobby at Strobist. I sometimes just take a look through the archives to get the wheels turning. Believe it or not, YouTube is also a …

The 9th of January

I sit here still working on my “2009 – a Retrospective” series. I look through the final cuts and see that so many things are missing and then go back to add more. Thanks to everyone who had a helping hand in getting me to the places where my photos are made. Without certain people, many of the photos that I have made would have not been possible. I plan on having this collection loosely “completed” by then end of the weekend. There are so many people that had such a large impact on my life that I want to …

A New Year

I have wanted to use this blog as a more creative output than I have been. I really enjoy the online community and would like to take more time to give-back and offer some of my own creative thoughts, links, topics, and random cool things that I find. What do I want to get out of this? Well, I do like the idea of having all of my ramblings all in one place, along with the comments of others that build and sometime expand the original topic for one. Keeping all this organized is and always has been a challenge …

Behind the Camera with Clay Enos by WIRED

I came across this by WIRED Video with Clay Enos awhile ago and have been meaning to share it with everyone. Clay’s recent work include an AWESOME book of portraits made on the set of Watchmen. Listening to Enos is inspiring in itself. Take a quick watch and leave your comments.

Wi-Fi, Good Coffee and Outlets…

While deciding on what coffee shop to read today’s RSS feeds, a few questions came to mind that seems to make one coffee shop stand out more than others. Wi-Fi (of course), Good Coffee, and Outlets. Of course, this is subjective, and I know for a fact that my daily morning coffee pick-up only includes the “Good Coffee” part and stop at my local coffee roster, Luna Cafe. Since August 2000, Luna Coffee and its owners, Angela and Mark Patel, have been serving fresh-roasted coffee in De Pere, Wisconsin. Our cafe’, once a turn-of-the-century horse harness maker’s shop, offers a …