Blogging Once a Day or Once a Year

It’s been more than a year since I last blogged.  When I started the blogging project I was blogging daily.  Perhaps I need to find a happier medium.  Life updates are in order: we’re coming up on our 21st anniversary, my second born is 18, graduated, and has moved...

A Pandemic and A New Job

Been a while since I checked in here. Idaho is just about done with Phase One of emerging from lockdown due to the pandemic/ scare. I personally think we've over reacted.  Sometimes I quip that we made the mistake of naming and paying attention to the predominant flu...

A New Decade

It's been a while since I posted.  Since last time, I've been to Italy with Claire (my beloved wife) and we've celebrated our 19th year of marriage.  Our 18 year old daughter has moved out, our 4th and 5th kids are both in school for the first time, and we're only...

UI Photog

Lately I've been busy.  One of my regular annual gigs came up with a short turn around time, and I had to take care of that and then the UI (University of Idaho) was able to give me some regular hours again.  So I've been busy over the last few weeks. I was a...

Don’t Wash Your Hair So Much

Ok, I'm going to branch out a bit.  Consider this a bit of a PSA (Public Service Announcement).  When I was growing up I saw my grandpa and my uncle using hair gel.  I believed it was the only way to keep my unruly hair from "poofing" and because of my double cowlick...

Pray About It

We say "I'll pray about it" when we don't want to give an answer.  Isn't that the starkest truth of the matter? If we knew for sure, or if we could win the argument wouldn't we just pursue it?  "I'll pray about it" is a stalling tactic.  Isn't it?  Now actually, I...

Photog Class 8: Personal Vision

In this final installment of the crash course in photography I want to discuss the goal, the end game, what the point of all the efforts in photography really are.  On first review, photography is more or less about making nice or beautiful pictures.  But what makes...

Summer Leaves

Hot muggy weather, thunder and hail, and all the leaves-- even though it's not officially summer, I think we're pretty much there.  I'm wearing shorts, and I took a short snooze earlier on our new deck stairs landing in my zero gravity chair. As I get older I like...

Finished

Today I finished the railing for our deck stairs.  I had some help on the project-- make that a lot of help.  But I did the final touches on the railings. It felt good to finish, and I was really enjoying the work.  We still need to caulk and repaint, but the deck is...

Good Life

Today I plugged away at a variety of personal and business projects, I had a good workout, and mostly I enjoyed a spring day in paradise.  I mean that sincerely.  The sun was shining, the wind was blowing and making the wind chimes ring out, and the atmosphere was...

Ancient and Future Wind

What does it mean that the animation of weather induced air currents has preceded my existence by at least six thousand years, and is very likely to succeed my earthly journey by at least as many millennia?  We think of winds and weather as temporary and changeable,...

Is “Like-Minded Friend” an Oxymoron?

So maybe that title looks like nonsense to you.  Maybe you think "of course, you can have like-minded friends, that's what draws people together, shared values!" And that's right, I can pretty much agree with that statement. So is that the end of the story?  Well, not...

The Difficult That I Do Not Think Is Work

Today on YouTube I was listening to Mark Manson on the Impact Theory vlog with Tom Bilyue.  You can listen to the interview/podcast here although I need to give a language alert.  Mark's book is named "The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F$%*" so swearing comes up a few...

Travel Camera

We're planning a trip, and I'm trying to decide between a few different main camera options.  Here are the options on the table: Take my Sony a7iii and three zoom lenses including my large 70-200 f2.8.  I'm worried that the 70-200 is too big and heavy. Take my Sony...

Photog Class 5: The Moment

A photograph is a visual moment frozen in time. Whether you have captured the sunlight shining through a rolling breaker wave, or a fleeting expression on a mother's face at a wedding there is an enduring and captivating magic in the ability of the camera to freeze...

68 GB

I attended and photographed the the UI commencement for the first time today. I've lived in Moscow, Idaho since 1996 minus 2000-2001 and I have never attended a commencement at UI.  I brought home about 68 GB of photos.  And commensurate with that number I was...

VIPs and Cameras

Definitely one of the perks of being a photographer is that your job takes you to photograph interesting people, and sometimes those people are also VIPs.  Tonight was one of those nights.  I covered the Presidents Commencement Dinner for the University of Idaho and I...

Public Relations and Publicity

I'm watching the Netflix documentary on Donald Trump right now.  The role of Public Relations and Publicity in his whole story is very interesting.  I'm interested in his story as an avatar for what social media and the availability of unlimited distribution has put...

Work

I have an interesting relationship to work. I was raised in the midwest (North Dakota to be precise) with a farmer grandpa on one side and a retired farm equipment dealer on the other.  I remember learning to use a push broom.  My dad showed me the right way.  Brush,...

Photog Class 4: Exposure

Exposure is the amount of light you record on the sensor for any part of a frame.  First, we'll talk about the various ways to control your exposure, then we'll discuss some creative principles and opportunities created by exposure. There are three ways to control...

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