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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Should I Work For Free?

Being the huge fan of the barter system that I am and this being the holiday season, along with being fresh off of the Thanksgiving spirit, it seems that the banter of working for free is in the air. Chase Jarvis talks about it, David Hobby over at Strobist is talking about it, Doug Menuez is talking about it and Kenneth Jarecke talks about how it has always been going on. It obviously seems that the holiday season is not the only time of year when photographers are feeling kind. I have been shooting pro bono photography work for a …