Thursday, September 29, 2011

The 5 P’s

When I was in high school I had this teacher and mentor that constantly said, “Proper planning prevents poor performance.” 

I was thinking about that as I started pulling together ideas and lists for a session I am doing this weekend.

One way I work to plan before the session is to get lots and lots of ideas so if I hit a creative block I can avoid the awkward silence  with clients. 

Ideas come from everyday life, movies and constantly and consistently from my Google Reader feeds.  Once I have an idea or a theme for the session I will dive into old posts from photographers I admire and look for something that will keep me going.  I have about a zillion blogs I follow and I don’t read every word but Reader has become a great resource for me.  Here is a quick look at my Reader home page.


The picture is from Voltron of Awesomeness. They are rad.

Reader allows me to star posts, email them and most of all search all of the old posts as well!  If I have an urban theme I can search for urban and get results.  If I am taking photographs with backlight I can search that too. 

I created my Reader over the years by subscribing to RSS feeds of blogs from all over the country so it was not a quick process but looking back I am so glad I did it.  It has become a valuable tool.

Friday, September 23, 2011

How bad do you want it?

Check out this post and video I found on fStoppers!13758

Awesome.  That is all!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The beginning or the end…

It is all how you approach the situation

End of the tracks

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Overcoming creative resistance

In one of my last posts I linked to an article that talked about the desire to become a stronger creative person and how there is a time when your ability seemingly will never get you there.  That article gave me some inspiration to get out an shoot.  This was one of my favorites. 


Sweet Shot Day

Monday, September 19, 2011

Creative Reassurance

What a great article putting into words a little of how I am feeling right now.  At times it seems your vision moves so much faster than your ability.

The curve of misery – what every beginning creative should know

Thank you Spencer at Ground Glass

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ooh, aah at the Colorado Balloon Classic

We have been living life to the fullest.  A couple weeks ago we went to the balloon classic here in Colorado Springs.  Our first attempt Saturday morning was a bust because of the wind.  We tried again that night for the balloon glow.  The wind was kind enough to hold of for a while.

Eli was beside himself that evening.  The first time all the balloons lit up he gasped and let our a big oooh.  Then they stopped and he would clap.  He is such a smart dude.

Balloon Glow (6 of 6)

Balloon Glow (5 of 6)

Balloon Glow (4 of 6)

Balloon Glow (3 of 6)

Balloon Glow (2 of 6)

Balloon Glow (1 of 6)

On a different note I have been reading about different ways to have your camera focus.  They are all good in different situations but the key is remembering that you have changed how the camera will focus.  I spent about the first 20 minutes thinking that I had screwed up the lens or the camera because it was not focusing.  Duh

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

“Carve out some time.. and you will be rewarded”

Chase Jarvis recently finished a personal project in New York.  I saw a couple of things about it here and there while it was going on but this video really shows why he did it and helps explain why we should all take some time to do what we love and to create.  Thank you Chase for sharing and letting us see a bit of your world.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Swing

I had the pleasure of going to the driving range with a good buddy to take some pictures of his swing so he can evaluate.  After I had those I took a few pictures of my own.  This was a favorite because you can see the ball leaving the tee.
Golfer (2 of 2)
On a side note this guys swing is super fast through the ball so it was tough to time this.  This was taken in the evening with a 580 EXII to camera right with no modifiers.

Sweet Shot Day

Monday, September 5, 2011

The love of a father

My sister recommended this talk a few years ago and I just watched it.  I wish I had watched it sooner.

Lucky for you it is available for free on the net.  Randy Pausch with Carnegie Mellon University delivered this talk entitled The Last Lecture and also wrote a book about it which I added to my Automobile University collection and listened to in a day.  This is also an amazing source of inspiration.

Friday, September 2, 2011

The path to sainthood...

Inspired by Elizabeth Halford, I put together a little story about one part of our evenings.
Eli Story (1 of 11)
Eli Story (2 of 11)
Eli Story (3 of 11)
Eli Story (4 of 11)
Eli Story (5 of 11)
Eli Story (6 of 11)
Eli Story (7 of 11)
Eli Story (8 of 11)
Eli Story (9 of 11)
Eli Story (10 of 11)
Eli Story (11 of 11)
My wife endures this face a few times a day.  I think she is on her way to sainthood for sure.