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on Jan 9, 2015 in Friday Thoughts, WRP Ed Zone

Ambassadors Inspire

I’m such a big fan of these folks, great you can get inspired from them like I have been. Nikon Ambassadors Ron Magill, Robin Layton, Ami Vitali and Vincent Versace share with you the moment they made their favorite images of 2014 and their plans for making images in 2015. These are four great videos and articles that will inspire and get you out shooting. Great way to start the weekend....

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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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