Monthly Archives: October 2009

Road Course 3:

Road Course 3 by Photographer Adam Wright is NOW out!

Road Course 3

Road course 3 is some of Wright's best work yet!

Adam’s Blog:

http://roadcoursemagazinetypething.blogspot.com/

It’s best to move quickly as they flame off the shelf.

 

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Isshinryu Karate:

“EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE CHANGES”

-Tatsuo Shimabuku, founder of Isshinryu-

Are there applications for today’s business model?

Fall Stream Fall Stream2 THE CODE OF ISSHINRYU

A person’s heart is the same as heaven and earth.

The blood circulating is the same as the moon and sun.

The manner of drinking and spitting is either hard or soft.

A person’s unbalance is the same as weight.

The body must be able to change direction at any time.

The time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself.

The eye must see in all ways.

The ear must listen in every direction.

 


Cobbler’s kids and no Shoes:

The mid-morning sun is softened by the thin white embroidered curtains.

In reality there is no harsh light as it’s filtered by the winter clouds before entering the bedroom window.

The old oak chest sits in the corner with two large drawers on the bottom and two half their size on top.  It is showing age…too many moves.  You can tell that the miles are taking their toll; a bit of the varnish is coming off.  It’s the same for people.

The chest is painted brown with streaks of black paint covering the surface.

In the 1950’s and 60’s the paint technique was called “antiquing”.  I’m confused by the idea of taking something that is truly an antique and painting it?  I guess the chest was just thought of as an eye-sore at the time.

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A wood jewelry box filled with small treasures sits in the middle.  Not expensive in content, but treasures none-the-less.

To the left, hidden in the shadow is a small empty putter picture frame.  It proudly displays grey cardboard.  I’m unsure why it is empty.  There has been no shortage of the past, only the future is the unknown.

I’m reminded of the story of the village cobbler who worked so hard providing shoes for the town that he wasn’t able to find the time to neither make, or mend the shoes of his family. “Cobbler’s kids and no shoes!”.

On the right of the chest, just touched by the soft window light, sits a camera…there has always been a camera.


The Winter Snow:

There is a softness that comes with the first winter snow as it lightly touches the ground creating a white icy shawl on the trees.

  The bright autumn leaves now have muted colors.

The first snow muffles the sound made by humans and amplifies that of nature.  The pair of doves are the first to clear the hilltop; their wing-beat moving the air with the force of an eagle.

With the weight of the snow comes a stillness only broken by the sound of dry summer limbs creaking under the pressure.

The doe and her two fawns cross the white covered black-top.  Their spots have now faded into a thick brown coat; they now stay closer to mom experiencing their first snow.

I’ve experienced hundreds of “first snows” none better than the last.

 


Creatures of the Yard:

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
-Henry David Thoreau-

 


The Acoustic Crunch of Leaves:

I AM ALWAYS DOING THAT WHICH I CANNOT DO, IN ORDER THAT I MAY LEARN HOW TO DO IT.

-Pablo Picasso-

 


lights, Camera, ACTION!

“Never reach into the garbage can before you check to see what’s in it!”

-Gary Engell, Crown Camera, Redding CA-

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So you’re asking yourself “What does that have to do with photography in New York City?”

I’m not sure that it really does, except I’ve been thinking about words of wisdom lately and their source.

I was walking around the city this side of midnight and it was an awesome sight of folks just having fun taking pictures.  Every type of film, digital and professional camera available on the world market was in Times Square and there was a smiling face clicking each shutter release.

Ok, there was the guy and two models dressed as French maids who didn’t seem to be smiling that wide, but his assistant standing off to the side seemed to have a pretty hefty grin (note, always watch your assistant).

“Some days, better than others.”

-also, Engell-

I use this almost daily.

 Are you the person in charge?

“Some days, better than others.”

How is the job search going?

“Some days better than others”

How did the shoot in the city go?

“Some days, better…..well, you see where I’m going with this.”

 Maybe photography is just about having fun and not the new lights, camera or best action.


Think color and break the rules:

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With the temperatures starting to dip heading into October throughout the country, we’re starting to see rich autumn colors throughout the northern United States.

It’s the perfect time to keep your still and video camera close to you on those drives to and from work.

Along with thinking color, think motion.

Let the wind blow and slow the shutter speed down for surprising results that have the appearance of brushing overlapping watercolor on an easel.

If you are working on your blog, website; placing images in a scrapbook; or hanging them on a wall…think of the story you want to tell.

Know your space and think of how your image might interact with one another by changing size and relationship.

FirstFall2 copyFeeling stronger about one photo over another?  You may want to make that your dominant image and give it more space.  Remember that nothing “carries the same weight” which means that elements in one photograph will be more visual pleasing than another.

Stay away from images that are redundant.  Keep things different when possible and think about “movement” in a photograph.  Some pictures may have subjects that offer physical movement from left to right or up and down.  Use that movement to place your next image.

It’s also a great time of year to haul out that never used tripod.  With the harvest moon coming into the picture later this month, it’s a good time to grab a coat and play with some time exposure.

Remember to break the rules when ever possible.