Saturday, April 30, 2011

Passionate world

Her pasion..WOW! Listen to her story but more importantly listen to her motivation and witness her passion. we should all have this amount of passion for what we do. I belive that everyone needs to have the conversation with themselves and decided what it is they want to do and step out of the boxes and the labels.


Friday, April 29, 2011

Photography Tutorial 1 (Fundamentals)

One of the things that new photographers struggle with is understanding the basics, or the big three. Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. This short tutorial I found on You-Tube can lend a hand with this. In the end thought he only real way to understand it is to get out there with your camera and play with the settings.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

TED - Beverly and Dereck Joubert

I think nay photographer who has considered photographing wildlife wants to get one of the big cats in front of their lens.  I would love the opportunity to do so but alas I am a long way from accessing that type of photography.  The best I can do is to take a day trip to one of the nearby zoos.  Beverly and Dereck Joubert however live in the wild, filming and photographing lions and leopards in their natural habitat. Their footage is nothing short of stunning.  In this TED video they discuss their personal relationships with these majestic critters -- and their quest to save the big cats from human threats.





Wednesday, April 27, 2011

First Interstellar Space Flight

I recently blogged about why I feel we should grow beyond this cradle we call Earth. The reasons to me are compelling. What form will that travel take, when will it occur and what will drive us to it. All of these flow through my brain. The explores of the planet, went out for many reasons and though I hate to think it we will likely go to space for two reasons. 1 - Economics or 2 - survival. Like Dr Hawking, I feel it is imperative we leave and expand.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Salman Suhail - Street Photographer

I tend to find a lot of great videos over on f-stoppers.  As a rule though I use their posts to inspire me to create my own post.  It was ironic to me that today as I sat preparing posts for the blog I inadvertently found a video produced for f-stoppers.  The video I found on YouTube was created by Salman Suhail, a photographer who at the time of the video production was working in Cairo.  When he mentioned in the first few seconds of the clip that he was producing the vidoe for F-stoppers I decided to watch the clip but not to post it.  Which was a shame becuase even though he is not a professional photographer he turns out images on an upscale point-and shoot that would make most photogs envious.  Then a few seconds later he launches into his philosophy that it is not the camera but the photographer who makes the images and I was hooked and knew I had to post the clip.

Like Salman I belive it is not the camera that makes great images.  It's not the megapixels or the amount on the price tag that is important.  It's not even the glass, lens, you hang on the camera.  It is, and always will be, the photographer that makes the image.  The camera is just a tool.  A point I often speak about on the Everyday Photographer.  Unlike Salman I use a DSLR but for the type of photography he does I can see why he has made the choices he has made.  Watch the video clip and as you do so pay attention to his philosophy on photography as well as the way in which he interacts with his subjects.

Also pay attention to what he has to say about the digital dark room in the end.  Enjoy the video!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Balls of Light


I've looked at some really cool light painting over the last few years but this is just killer.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Flying on a beam of light/energy

When I started watching this piece I did not get the point.  However as it progressed I began to see the idea and what it could be expanded to.  Imagine a network of satellites transmitting power to a fleet of vessels around the globe.  This fleet would be powered by the energy of our own sun.  No fossil fuel pollution.  The same system could be used to lift object into low earth orbit (LEO).  From LEO we would be able to create larger vessels that would allow us to travel our own solar system.

Back on the planet these vessels that would resemble a UFO could transport us cheaply around the globe.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TED - Ryan Lobo

Ryan Lobo gives a talk about his photography and how it has changed him.  Pay attention to what he says about pursuing success.  Just before he tells his three stories.





Monday, April 18, 2011

TED - Miru Kim - the forgotten places

Kim explores industrial ruins underneath New York and then photographs herself in them, nude -- to bring these massive, dangerous, hidden spaces into sharp focus.





Sunday, April 17, 2011

TED - Rachel Sussman

Rachel Sussman shares here 2000+ old project.  You can find ideas and projects in your everyday life.  Look where this one took her.




Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Genius of Photography - Snap Judgements

The folks at BBC 4 have released a series entitled The Genius of Photography. For now at least you can watch it on YouTube. Over the next few weeks I will place the videos on YouTube on the site. Barring a message from BBC I will endeavor to provided you with the episodes. Each part is broken down into chucks for posting so I have elected to spread these out over several days. I hope you enjoy.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Light Painting - from simple to complex

Want to have some fun? Try your hand at light paining. This is a technique in photography that allows you to use various light sources to literally pain on the canvas of the night. Take a look at the videos below.






Want to see something a little more complex in light painting...try this one.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Genius of Photography - We are Family

The folks at BBC 4 have released a series entitled The Genius of Photography. For now at least you can watch it on YouTube. Over the next few weeks I will place the videos on YouTube on the site. Barring a message from BBC I will endeavor to provided you with the episodes. Each part is broken down into chucks for posting so I have elected to spread these out over several days. I hope you enjoy.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Star Wars 3D

I do not know how I missed this announcement but according to thewrap.com George Lucas is planning on releasing all six of his block buster Star Wars films in 3D starting next year, 2012.  As a Star Wars fan I have to say this is going ot be killer.  I can well remember the opening sequences of Episode IV in 1977 as a kid.  Sitting there in the theater and seeing a ship whizzing by the camera and thinking thats neat and then the Star Destroyer bow appears and it just keeps coming.

“We’ve been looking for years and years and years of trying to take ‘Star Wars’ and put it in 3D,” Lucas said. “We’ve been struggling with it, but I think this will be a new impetus to make that happen.”  George Lucas comment at a Golden Globe party.  The impetus he is referring to is James Cemeron's huge success with "Avatar"
 According to the article and related links there is currently no plans to make any alterations to the films, other than to convert them to 3D.  The current time line would have Episode IV - A New hope being released in 2015, some 38 years after its original release.  It is their hope that this will re-introduce an entire generation to Star Wars on the big screen.  Many of it's newer fans have only saw it at home or via DVD.  The last theatrical release of Star Wars was Episode III - Revenge of the Sith in 2005.  My step-son who is a Star Wars fan only knows bits and pieces of the story as he learned it via the Lego video games.  He often confuses characters and  events.  He constantly tries to tell me that Anakin will fly an X-wing.  I then have to point out that no Anakin, or rather Vader, will fly tie fighters.  It is Luke who flies the X-wing.  Getting him to sit down and watch the epic from beginning to end, though i have copies of them all has been a challenge.

Leaving that the thought that one day soon I will be able to sit in a theater and again see those canonical charters on the silver screen is exciting.  As a fan I do wish they would change one small thing in the movie.  I really preferred the cantina scene where Han shoots the bounty hunter first for threatening to take his ship.  It made Han seem a little rougher around the edge, a bit more raw.  Yeah he was a good guy, after all he did rescue Chewie from the Empire.  (Ever wonder why he did that?  The story is interesting and it also figures into how Han knew so much about imperial procedures.  At one point Han had been an Imperial Officer.  Thats where he got the boots from.  He was drummed out of the service because he refused to kill the wookie.  Han refused largely because he had been raised by a wookie.) Since that time the two of them had survived by their wits and their blasters.  As a smuggler the threat of losing his ship would have meant being stuck in one place and for a galactic vagabond like Han that would have been worse than a death sentence.

I'm rattling so I'm out for the day..enjoy yours!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Genius of Photography - Paper Movies

The folks at BBC 4 have released a series entitled The Genius of Photography. For now at least you can watch it on YouTube. Over the next few weeks I will place the videos on YouTube on the site. Barring a message from BBC I will endeavor to provided you with the episodes. Each part is broken down into chucks for posting so I have elected to spread these out over several days. I hope you enjoy.

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Follow your passion...


I hope you enjoyed todays movie. This was made with passion, not money. It only took the creator his/her time to make this. The effects rival that of any big time project. I was blown away and at first I did not know who created the peice but that only serves to make my point. If you love something, you do it right. If you do it right you will be found. Let your work speek for yourself. Follow your passions and you will be amazed at where they lead you.

The peice was created by Harvey Nichols.  After I tracked down the creator I was rewarded with the discovery of this, a BTS video.


It only takes passion, find yours...show us your stuff!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Genius of Photography - Right Time Right Place

The folks at BBC 4 have released a series entitled The Genius of Photography. For now at least you can watch it on YouTube. Over the next few weeks I will place the videos on YouTube on the site. Barring a message from BBC I will endeavor to provided you with the episodes. Each part is broken down into chucks for posting so I have elected to spread these out over several days. I hope you enjoy.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It's a long road...


 Matthew made the big move to Boy Scouts.  After five years of Cub Scouts he has crossed over and now starts his trail.  He wants his eagle and I have to say if he keeps up with it like he has his Cub Scouts he will make it.  It's a long hard road to the Eagle Scout award.  Here is a short version of the requiremens for the Eagle Scout.  Keep in mind there are six ranks that proceed the Eagle, each with its own list of requirements.
  • Be active in your troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least six months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout.
  • Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life. List the names of individuals who know you personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf, including parents/guardians, religious, educational, and employer references.
  • Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the following: (These merit badges are required for ever Eagle Scout)
First Aid
Citizenship in the Community
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the World
Communications
Personal Fitness
Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
Environmental Science
Personal Management
Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
Camping
Family Life
  • While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility:
Patrol leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Order of the Arrow Troop Representative, Den Chief, Scribe, Librarian, Historian, Quartermaster, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Chaplain Aide, or Instructor.
  • While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project should benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) The project plan must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your Scoutmaster and troop committee, and the council or district before you start. 
  • Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  • Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.
Not all scouts who join Boy souts will make it to this rank, in face only about 5% make it.  This however means that since 1912 the Boy Scouts of America has awarded more than 1.7 million Eagle Scout Awards.  It would surprise you to know who was an Eagle Scout.  In fact there is a small resource available online to highlight some of our more famous and infamous Eagles.  

The truth is Eagle Scouts are all over the place and many are household names.  Let me name a few, Neil Armstrong (Apolo 11), Gil Gerard (You remember Buck Rogers on TV), L Ron Hubbard, George Myer (Writer and Producer of The Simpsons), Ellison Onizuku (Died on Challenger), Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs), Steven Spielberg, and Sam Walton (Wal-Mart).  These are just a few that jumped out at me as I read down the list. Scouting and fictional Eagle Scouts appear in many popular shows and movies see if you recognize any. Randy Disher (Monk), Greg Sanders (CSI), Professor Roy Hinkley (Gilligan's Island), Fred Flinstone, Snoopy (though he is a Beagle Scout), Jonathan Archer (Star Trek Enterprise, and Malcom Reed (Star Trek Enterprise).

Matthew has a long road ahead of him but he will travel it well, beside he has me as a guide.  Eagle Scout class of 1988 included myself and Ronald Ford.  The only two Eagle Scouts to come from Troop 1 out of Marmet WV.  Look for more pictures of Troop 99 as they travel their road in scouting.  


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

We must understand...

What I am about to say is simple and to the point. If you want to learn to do something you must cultivate an understanding of how it works. People have remarked that I make images that they could never make or never understand how to make. This to me is simply not true. If they truly wanted to make them they only have to apply themselves to the study of photography and in doing so they will quickly learn that my images are nothing special. The reason they feel the way they do about my work is that they have not yet studied photography as I have.

This thought that you can do anything you set your mind to has been with me all of my life. My parents instilled it in me and I rammed it home in my professional life. When I went to college I worked my tail off to understand how to teach children. In doing so I realized that teaching is part entertainment. To that end I enrolled in the drama courses and spent time on the stage at college. From that I learned how to play to my audience, how to read them. I took this information back to my classrooms and became a successful teacher.

The main reason I was hired in public education was that I understood technology, at least at the level that the folks in my office needed. The question to ask is, why did an education major understand technology. Keep in mind I revived my undergraduate degree and my graduate degree before 2000. Back then, though computers were quite common place they were still a big mystery and to the education system as a whole they were still struggling with the fit of them into education. I was only required to take one computer course to receive my undergraduate degree and that class was extremely basic. It taught me how to format a floppy disk and how to save files to a hard drive. Then why did I understand computers so well. Why had I taken a job at a new Horizons CLC when I could have substitute taught. That's easy, computers were fun. They were enjoyable and that passion drove me to understand them.

If you desire to master a thing you must understand it. As I look up at the heavens on clear evenings I see another passion of mine. Space. I desire to understand it but that desire is different. I know that to truly understand it would take years, my desire to understand it is simply survival. Not my personal survival, but rather the survival of our species. I once heard a fictional character make a great quote. The character was Commander Jeffery Sinclar on the television series Babylon 5 a wonderful show created by J. Michael Straczynski. During an interview Sinclar was asked if the Bablon project was worth it, and in his response he said "Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics and you'll get ten different answers, but there's one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won't just take us. It'll take Marilyn Monroe and Lao-Tzu, Einstein, Morobuto, Buddy Holly, Aristophanes .. and all of this .. all of this was for nothing unless we go to the stars." 


As I heard those words and reflected on them they echoed what I fear.  Not my own death but the death of a species, of a planet.  As I sit hear typing these words the space shuttle program is closing down.  The federal government is debating the usefulness of NASA and it looks likely that we will forget the stars as a nation.  That saddens me for there is still so much to learn up there.  We must understand...


The clip I found on YouTube and it partly inspired the post you have read.  Segan sought understanding, and promoted it.  He brought his knowledge to the table and he shared it with us.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Genius of Photography - Documents for Artist

The folks at BBC 4 have released a series entitled The Genius of Photography. For now at least you can watch it on YouTube. Over the next few weeks I will place the videos on YouTube on the site. Barring a message from BBC I will endeavor to provided you with the episodes. Each part is broken down into chucks for posting so I have elected to spread these out over several days. I hope you enjoy.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Genius of Photography - Fixing Shadows

The folks at BBC 4 have released a series entitled The Genius of Photography. For now at least you can watch it on YouTube. Over the next few weeks I will place the videos on YouTube on the site. Barring a message from BBC I will endeavor to provided you with the episodes. I hope you enjoy.

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