Happy New Year 2015!

It’s the beginning of a New Year. Isn’t it an amazing feeling knowing that another year has passed and we have a whole new year to look forward to making so many things happen. The possibilities are endless and the adventurous are everywhere. 2014 was a great year for myself and my family and it’s one of those times when it’s good to reflect on how good it was and what there is to look forward to.

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I had the great fortune of going on many trips to many places that I had never been before, and many more that I had been. As photographers we have the privilege and the challenge of constantly trying to come up with the next big thing. To improve upon our own work so that others may learn from what we have accomplished, while capturing the history of what we are witnessing. With the new year comes the challenge of learning from last year to make this one better.

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Whether we can see or not see the path that leads forward in this career, all we can do is keep working. Photography isn’t just about following your passion but about taking on anything that comes your way. Being able to rise and fulfill any job you wouldn’t normally do, can be more rewarding than anything else you have done.

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During this year we will meet new people and add more stories to the already bursting hard drive. Take time to enjoy those moments with those people you care about for often the best moments are fleeting. It is those times that we truly need a camera in hand.

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Above else, make sure you have a wonderful place that you can call home. For at the end of the day, at the end of the next trip, you need that special place to return to. Have a Happy New Year, may it be filled with joy.

Overcoming New Challenges

Last week I mentioned another new project that I was working on over this past summer. This past May I started working with my Brent and Red Rover Adventures to create content that would be used to show Dr. Ross’s work with patients with eye problems. The overall goal behind the project is to bring help to those that are in need. Like all big projects it has to start somewhere and grow. That’s where me and Brent came in.

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The first thing that we had to do was to photograph the equipment the people, and how everything is used. There was a great challenge in photographing everything in part because of the small space of each room. Each room had a different piece of equipment in it so getting an image of each one was important. Unfortunately my bad memory of names has apparently rubbed off on when it comes to equipment as well because I honestly can’t recall the names of all these machines.

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The equipment by itself doesn’t quite tell the story so Diana was a great sport and held her head in place for a number of shots as we got Dr. Ross’s perspective as well as the “patients.” Using the D4, 24-70 AF-S and a single flash with an octa, I was able to light the three subjects while getting rid of the boring tan painted background.

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Part of what I wanted to capture was a combination of the old and the new. All of the rooms had a new high tech piece of equipment, most had a monitor, that was needed for everyone to do their jobs. Well I started asking about some of the older equipment that they used to use and that you mental picture you think about optometry. Well one of those items was the old classic eye chart. Well they just happened to have one and it seemed too fitting to have Dr. Ross pose with it. More to Come.

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