Memorial Day

Today is a very important day. Today we stop and give thanks to all those that served this country and fought for the freedom that we enjoy every day. It is not just a holiday that gets us out of work. It’s a day that truly deserves our gratitude even if it is just for a moment. Stop and say thanks.

It Only Takes One Image


It’s really easy to feel overwhelmed in photography when it comes to the need of having lots of photos. The more time you spend in the business the more you realize that you need images for so many little things and it sucks when you just don’t have them. So what do you do? You go out in the field and take a chance to see if you can find that image to fill those gaps in your files and often time you come up short. That’s the reality of this game. But that’s when you have to tell yourself, “I only need one good image.” One image that makes you smile.

I was at the eighth annual memorial day parade here in Bozeman and went there with no expectations, just a camera in hand. I’ve photographed it in the past with some results but nothing wow and again I didn’t get a wow shot. But I found one that made me smile. This little kid was waving at everyone that went by and everyone kept waving at him. It was just kinda cute and kinda fun.

That’s what you gotta do though. Keep going out, keep looking for that one shot and come back with one that makes you think it was all worthwhile.

Images Captured with Nikon D5, 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film


Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, with Passover tomorrow and Easter on Sunday. For some this is a very important holiday with time being spent with friends, family and church. While it is not a federal holiday some states do recognize it and shut down certain functions and facilities accordingly. You might be wondering why I bring this up?

Well as a photographer churches are very interesting subjects to photograph. The lines, the geometry, the stories and of course the light make cathedrals very fascinating. Since some of you will probably be spending some time this weekend in such a place you might consider how you can take a photograph while still being respectful to the church and your fellow congregation.

This photograph of Kings College Chapel I took with the Nikon 1 V3. It’s quiet, small and is non disruptive to everyone else around me. It makes for a perfect camera for these kind of moments. Now everyone has another method for taking these kind of photos called their phones but as I’m sure some of you have experienced phones can be considered rude.

If you don’t have a small personnel camera like the V3 then your best bet is to take your photos during the times before and after services where no one will mind and if someone does say something, just be polite. Kindness goes a long way.

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