Walkabout in the Snow

Yesterday we were the lucky recipient of a fresh snowfall here in the midwest. I took a break from compiling my “Best of 2010” collection to let my mind absorb the world as it is. (Something that I have learned is vital to a creative like myself.) Bundled up from the elements and my Nikon in my hand, I found a few pictures that were just waiting to be taken. After going through them while warming up with a cup of java, I thought to myself, “If I didn’t take these pictures today, these moments would have gone unnoticed for the rest of time.” We …

Sunday Coffee Links!

This has been a great week for reading RSS feeds although I will admit I’m a bit behind in reading the ones that I subscribe to. But I made progress on 200+ feeds this week but still have 456-and counting to catch up on. As a recent follower to fstoppers.com, I have dug deep into their content and found how valuable their site really is. One could spend an entire year learning from what they share. Great content and behind the scenes videos, daily. From How to Shoot Fashion Photography In a Pool to their latest Product Review (Nikon Pocket Wizard …

(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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

Spread Some Holiday Cheer (and support) JPGmag.com

This past year I discovered a quite avant-garde photography magazine/web site called JPG. Please take a moment and click on my photo above and vote for me! At JPG, it is all about the love of, and for, photography on all spectrums, talents, point-of-views, and general user addiction, mixed with a contest for publication and $100 for every photo picked to be published. Members of the site (membership is free) can upload images with retaining all copyright for a chance to get published in this bi-monthly magazine based on a mixture of vote from peers and how well the photo represents …