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on Oct 27, 2014 in Friday Thoughts

Litterati

Litterati is not your normal social photography project. And until you watch the video, the whole video, does the bigger picture emerge. What Jeff has come up here is really pretty ingenious, using photography, the internet and the most important ingredient, YOU, to come up with something so simple it is effective. I just wanted to make you aware of it, I’ll let you do the...

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on Oct 24, 2014 in Friday Thoughts, Moose Adventures

The Boys of the Bush!

The key to success for the majority of photography is knowing your subject. Something taught to us when we’re real young when it comes to writing, it totally applies to photography, especially wildlife photography. The open African woodland habitat that is Mala Mala is not your stereotypical African savannah you conjure up in your mind when picturing the bush. While I had been studying my mammal and bird ID books prior to going over, I was ill prepared for what we encountered. Besides the overwhelming sensory overload of critters ~everywhere~ you look, there is the challenge of making the photo that is more than a memory of that amazing moment. Step in the Rangers, the Boys of the Bush. Roan, 27 and Greg, 24, grew up in this African environment of the “bush” and it shows. On top of this, they have spent their time in school, Greg with his degree in Zoology and Masters in Wildlife Mngmt. But what really makes these two rangers unique, at least to...

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on Sep 12, 2014 in Friday Thoughts

The Moment of Truth

We would come out of the darkroom with our “masterpiece” in the box. We would put the print in the washer and then after a few minutes, grab it from the wash and put the print in the dryer. Then the moment I dreaded with all my soul, the print would come out of the dryer for all my peers to see. It was a brutal but invaluable experience when the comparisons hit the air from print to print, photographer to photographer. Within a heartbeat you might be in the dumper or on top of the heap. At least in your peers minds which might all change when the print hit the rack and the teach would crit them all. My stomach was always in my throat and often, head in my hands as I left class. That was back in 1978 and what’s coming up tonight has me reliving those feelings all over again. Warbirds and the Men that Flew Them, is a whole new venture for us....

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on Sep 8, 2014 in Friday Thoughts

The Joy of the Print

Our meeting was by no accident! This is Don Rolf and while he is a WWII vet, our meeting was originally because of the aircraft you see behind him. This ’31 Waco is the exact aircraft Don flew around So California in 1940. In fact, there is a famous photo of Don taking off from the Monrovia Airport (no longer in existence) with Don at the stick. A few weeks ago, my good friend Warren, the owner of the Waco arranged for Don and his son to come to Minot to reunite plan and pilot. With this news, Sharon & I arranged to be there at the same time. I was also arranged that we would make the portrait you see above. This is a real simple click, D810, 24f1.4AFS, Profoto B1 shooting TTL. The setting is a 1929 hangar cleaned out just to make this portrait. With that smile, I really didn’t need any light because at 92, Don lights up the room! The portrait out to be...

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on Aug 22, 2014 in Friday Thoughts

YOU Can Make a Difference!

Photography brings all sorts of gratification, being recognized for your efforts is one. The success of the final image of course is also on that list. But the biggest I feel is knowing that our work effects a positive change, makes a difference in the lives of others. Sharon & I had no way of knowing in July when we said we’d returned in August just to meet one WWII vet the rest of the week would unfold as it did. It’s very rewarding to know, it made a difference for others as well. You can read the story here. Understand, with your camera, YOU can make a...

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on Aug 22, 2014 in Friday Thoughts

The EDL

The first day of class at Brooks in 1978, we received our first assignment, the EDL. The EDL, Every Day Life is all about taking photos of what we see every day, often things we take for granted and make a visual story about that event. It didn’t make a difference what your major might have been at Brooks, this assignment which is very editorial in nature was required. Being an Industrial major, it seemed really stupid to me and I didn’t like doing them at all. Not only did it take me way out of my comfort range, it required me to work at taking photos when I wanted to have fun. Man, am I ever glad that I was required to do these every week for a couple of years! Now you’re all going to Photoshop World, right?! Because while there you need to listen to the talks by the master of EDLs, Jay Maisel. Called by most as the Father of Color Photography, Jay does EDLs...

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