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on Jul 11, 2014 in Friday Thoughts

How Our Photography Gives Back

We first meet Brian a year ago. He was in a wheel chair recuperating from a near tragic airplane crash in his Ag Tractor. We were in the showroom of our dear friend, Brian’s partner when he was wheeled in. He had more rods, pins and sutures then you might see in an old Frankenstein movie. But Brian’s great laugh was still very much alive and in use. And his love of life and friends was greater than ever. So while he looked like death warmed over, his heart warmed up the room. A year later and he’s recouped and as you can see, doing just great. The only thing he lost in the crash was fulfilling a part of his great passion for flight. He can no longer fly any of his aircraft. While still very much a part of the business and a mentor to many other pilots, Brian isn’t in the cockpit. Sharon and I had just gotten off our flight, not even left our luggage...

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on Dec 31, 2013 in Friday Thoughts

A New Year Wish

It’s New Years again, where did that time go? As photographers we are blessed we can answer that question. We can reflect back on our year through our images, our memories, passion, failures and successes forever preserved in those carefully organized pixels. We can look back on the plans we made the year prior and how they actually unfolded. And now we look forward to the unfolding next year with the plans we have made this year. I often wonder if photography itself makes time go faster, speeding up our lives by its very nature of constant providing a visual milestone of our lives. A year ago Sharon & I were in the last throws of months of secrecy as we packed for our trip to Costa Rica. We along with a crew from Nikon were heading out to the rain forests for a two week shoot with the then unknown D7100. A shoot on this scale starts months prior and encompasses aspects of life and photography we normally...

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on Dec 27, 2013 in Friday Thoughts

The Web & Print Sales

The web is a wild and wonderful place for photography! I’ve been know to spend a little time there myself. One of the more common questions and requests I receive is to look at photographers website and provide suggestions to help them improve their prints sales. This comes from their having heard from others what a rich bounty awaits any who posts images on a website. Print sales are just a click away! Now if you are happy with any sale at all, then none of my discussion that follows matters. But those that have been reaching out to me were counting on a whole lot more. I hear from and I’m talking to those who are seeking to make real income from web print sales. There is no doubt that some have done and do an amazing business on the web selling prints. But those are the exceptions, they are not the rule. I know because not only do I hear from all the heartbroken folks wondering where...

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on Sep 27, 2013 in Friday Thoughts, Wildlife Photography

The Spirit of the WIlderness

With 50knt gusts, first dusting of snow on Mt Yak and the flocks of Emperor Geese winging their way south, there is no doubt the season has changed. Alaska this time of year is unpredictable and gorgeous! In our modern life with internet, cities and cars, the spirit of the wilderness is often missed by most. This if for no other reason is why I love being a wildlife photographer. It’s a simple journey back to basics. Our time at Hallo Bay, Alaska was nothing short of magical. It was also very typical of any wildlife adventure where you plan a year in advance to photograph a critter that has no calendar. We were anything but skunked during our time with as many as seven individual bears photographed in any given day which included mom with three spring cubs. And while being at point blank range with a griz eating barnacles is way beyond way cool, that’s not really the point when we venture out. And it shouldn’t be...

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on Aug 27, 2013 in Friday Thoughts, Wildlife Photography

What’s Better?

There we were in the metal junkyard in Chuchill, Canada. Then from nowhere a Merlin takes to the air cacking at a crow and chasing it out of the area. In June, that’s a sure sign they are nesting. Merlins are a funny little raptor, they tend to nest on the ground in the Arctic. I’ve seen Merlin for the last 30yrs but I’ve never had glass on one long enough to get better than what looks like a dust spot on the sensor. Here was an opportunity that even though less than ideal (shooting in a junkyard with the sun high overhead), it was better than what I had had, nothing. I had no shots in my conventional or digital files of Merlin. The last 12 month, the #2 question I’ve been asked has changed. It was, “What’s the best f/stop?” but now it’s “How do I get better?” We have known units of measure, inch, ounce, miles per hours, kilowatts, but there is no known unit of...

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