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on Jan 12, 2015 in Field Reports, Random Thoughts

“Where are these rules …”

“Where are these rules written down?” The squinty eyed, glass wearing accountant asks the sage weathered, wise cowboy sitting astride his horse. He answers, “Damn it man, they aren’t written down, they’re lived!” This quote from Monte Welsh strikes me every time I hear it. It makes me think back on the email questions that have arrived in my InBox of late, what I’ve seen on the web, and at times I scratch my head. I am amazed how often I put out something I use in my photography that I have found works for me and then I see it next put out as a rule and then the inevitable web debate begins. While it is true there are some aspects of photography that appear to be craved in stone, no sooner you think this then you see someone, for good or bad, go and do the contrary and produce results. And while we need to have some of these “rules” they should be considered as a starting...

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on Dec 15, 2014 in Landscape Photography, Random Thoughts

As Big As Your Heart

How big of a camera do you need? How big of a lens should you have in your bag? How big should the pixel count be that you work with? These questions find there way to my inbox it seems hourly with fews of my answers pleasing those asking. This simple click from a Nikon 1 V3 is of as big a subject as they come but has big impact only because its as big as your...

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on Dec 11, 2014 in Random Thoughts

Warbird Calendar – Christmas Present?

“70 years ago they were fighting for our freedom and today their roll is to cause people to remember that.” We still have some in stock but coming to the end of the last print run! There is still time to get them ordered and in hand to get them under the tree. We are very proud to release this commemorative calendar and your orders tells us it will be hanging on hundreds of walls around the globe!. Featuring the planes of the Texas Flying Legends, this calendar for 2015 also includes history on every page. Help us remember by ordering one today. Please enter the security code: Security Code (lowercase letters): Please enter the captcha verification code. Order    ...

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on Oct 10, 2014 in Random Thoughts

Doing that Africa Homework

Now I’m bloody excited! I’m heading out for my first Africa safari in a few hours and going with the amazing Images in Africa folks for what will be a trip of a lifetime. Being all new, I’ve been busy doing my homework trying to learn the new critters I’m hoping to photograph. Knowing your subject is so important to coming back with that memorable photograph. Now the giraffe and elephant, I’ve got them down. It’s the Cape Fox, Lesser Bushbay and African Swamphen or White-backed Mousebird (great, they combine mammal and bird names!) and so many more I’m working on. Jake is there now and today he wrote us saying, “even the dirt birds are great!” so I’m jamming and cramming. Part of this process is creating my file naming architecture. Each night, I will go through my images and edit them, figure out who is who and then with that done, be able to rename, file and back all the images up so when I get back...

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on Aug 25, 2014 in Aviation, Random Thoughts

The Other Life of the Vertical

“Think vertical, vertical, vertical!” My good friend Richard likes to remind aviation photographers to think vertical when flying air to air photo missions. I don’t know about you, but I just don’t think verticals naturally. My vision is always on either the wide or intimate horizontal not the vertical. My mind’s eye just doesn’t naturally go vertically but if you want magazine covers, you gotta think vertically. In my entire editorial career, I was never after covers because I naturally arrange elements horizonatly. The one cover I cherish the most was the last wrap around cover Audubon magazine ever did in 1995, a horizontal image of a California Gnatcatcher. Not really worried about covers, I don’t shoot verticals for covers. Just having my 10th cover for 2014 hitting the news rack this week, it made me think I should say something about this unnatural photographic format that does pay bills. Being an old fart, I still call them verticals still while most call them the portrait format. Anyways, the...

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