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on Feb 5, 2010 in Friday Thoughts

Where Did that Week Go?

So I’m back where it’s cool and the humidity doesn’t run down my cheek, back in the snow filled Sierra. I’m back from an amazing week in Kelby Land, that magical place where there is no limit to energy that drives the creativity. I’m incredibly lucky to have been able to spend the week with Scott as we wrap up my new book. Scott is the editor and man, I am so glad he is. Couldn’t sleep all week, just too darn excited. But while at NAPP shot more videos, Dtown, Photoshop UserTV and of course, hung out with my bud RC (we have a new workshop we’ll be announcing shortly). And of course my fearless assistant Stephanie was there the whole time making sure I wasn’t late, notes taken and hair in place for all the taping. I even got in a little shooting as you’ve seen here. But with all of that, there was no one Friday Thought and when the book comes out, you’ll understand why. But I wanted to leave you with a couple of things for the weekend.

Syl Arena has come out with his new book. LISLIPS or Lessons I Didn’t Learn in Photo School is a an insightful and humorous book looking at what it is we do as photographers. You’ll find a book full of one liners like, “You can’t create and edit at the same time.” and then a paragraph defining that statement. There is a lot of wisdom in his words and it is a good read. While I enjoyed reading it, one nagging question kept cropping up in my mind. Where are the photos? All this wisdom and not one visual. If nothing else, I would love to have seen one photo to know all this worldly advice came from a click I could relate to. It is a fun read and in this day and age of passing along “sage” advice, this is a great addition to your library. You can get your copy here.

Another book I want to recommend is from a Moose’s hero, Michael Forsberg. Michael is a marvelous photographer and his book Great Plains is a photographic treasure trove! The “flat” part of our country gets so little attention, I’m so glad Michael put out his great book drawing attention to this rich heritage. I can’t say enough about this book other than, I wish I had had the opportunity to make all those images and produce it myself. great read!

And finally, here’s a little for the photographer in you. My bud Jeff Snyder at Adorama hooked me up with the new TC-20E3. I’ve just started my testing of this new converter and I’m liking what I’m seeing. I wanted to give you a little preview so went out with the 200f2VR and made a quick, handheld click. It’s not a flat subject but I think you’ll see the quality is pretty schweet! The focus point is the trunk dead center in the photo, shot at f/2 with effective f/4.

You want to click here to open up aTC-20e3 image in Zoomify.

I’ll have a thought his week I’m sure for next friday. Have a Great Weekend!