I am not proud to be admitting I have learned the following lesson the hard way. By sharing this experience I hope others may avoid making the same mistake.After reading many times about the importance of backing up files at least twice for safe keeping, I purchased an external hard drive wih plenty of space. Although I had planned to copy my photographs, there was always the urge to spend any spare time capturing that next shot as the idea came to mind. My computer was only a year old, how could... continue reading
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I was happy to have one of my images accepted in this months assignment, this was really a fun one! I did enter 10, but was happy with the choice they picked. I think what makes this image, is the little girl's expression... I did have some smiling shots but this one said something more. lots of fun! what do you think? please vote! continue reading
You may have heard that we have had bad flooding in parts of Iowa this Spring.I am very fortunate, I only had a few puddles in my basement.Some neighbors have reported having several feet of water in their homes.I am a bit of a photojournalist at heart-so I had to get out and about and document what was going on.I have photographed car accidents, fires, and now flooding.Here I will share some tips on photojournalist type shoots in crisis situations.1) Safety first.Not just yours,... continue reading
I just read a recent article about a woman who was killed by a train while photographing another train coming from the opposite direction.It is a tragic situation that could have been avoided, but this woman is certainly not the first photographer to put herself into a risky situation for a photo.It is likely that many of us take on risks for this craft.The two questions are: 1) Do we even realize that we are in a risky situation?2) What do we do to reduce the risk?I invite all of you... continue reading
Taking photographs on blustery days presents a number of challenges, including:- Getting a sharp image- Getting a clean image- Protecting your gear- Protecting yourselfGetting a sharp imageHere are a few tips to reduce the effects of camera shake:- Use the heaviest-duty tripod you can carry, lock your elbows on your body as you are shooting, or brace the camera and yourself on firm supports, e.g., rocks, buildings, or anything else that won’t wobble in the... continue reading
We enjoyed a three-day weekend here in the US in celebration of Labor Day.An opportune time for me to complete my Traffic School (joy!) especially because it is due in court this coming Monday![The side story to this is yes, I was pulled over because allegedly I did a rolling stop.I fought this via written trial but was found guilty anyway.If you guessed that I strongly disagree with this conviction, you are right, but that’s another story.But hey, second traffic ticket in twenty-five years of driving. I find a little peace in that.]... continue reading
STOP ! What ever you are doing NOW ! Hope that got your attention ? As part of a safety poster competition for the company I work for I was lucky enough to get Mimi to pose for me, she is a full time professional model and just an hour in the studio managed to get plenty of "safety" based images. We just missed out on winning the first prize at work, so I have used some of the other images from the shoot on here.I hope those of you who do work in industry will check you are wearing your PPE correctly... continue reading
“Ha ha ha,me and poetry? Ha ha”That was my first reaction when I was asked to write a poetry for a competition that was held for the forthcoming National Safety day. Incidentally that is tomorrow (the 4th of March)The fact is that I had never written a poetry in my life. Was only impressed by some like “Charge of the Light Brigade” and “Daffodils”which we had to learn at school.But there is always a first time, and I thought why not give it a try.So within 24 hours (which... continue reading
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