Damn kids with their music. LOL Sorry I can never find a conversation to use that comment.
Well, kids its a new year and I am ready to go. Please dont make me look back. I want to use this year as a leaping point and usually when one leaps they dont look back. I plan to fill this year with risk and self atoning. I want to embody a change to be myself, throw off the blinders and eat the carrot if you know what I mean (with a sprinkle of drama queen after that statement).
New to the shelf
Before the wrap of 2007 I purchased a couple of books. As you all know I like to share my knowledge and resources and I am sure there are a few photographers out there that might find these books a great use. (doing spell check) First book: 2008 Photographers Market A cornucopia (reason for spell check) of over 1450 listings for book publishers, magazines, stock agencies and more. My old roommate gave me the 2006 edition and I never looked at it so I pick up the 2008 copy and I have to tell you it is an eye opener. Second Book: Welcome to Oz: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop. A system for creating images that owes as much to the traditional darkroom as the digital one. Dont just read the book; study it.
Gear: Got and Wants
Well, after the cruise I found that my camera has to be put down. I now have .5 of a zipper on a bag that does now hold all of my photographic gear. Not fun trekking the globe with that feeling that everything is not secure. So I order the Nikon camera backpack. I dont have it yet but I will update you when I get it.
I will also be on the lookout this year a new tripod and head. Lets get real people, this is the most important item to any good photographer and the cheapo ones just aint cutting it (see that, I got a little ghetto there). With HDR processing and a mid level pro camera, this is the one thing I for one cannot do without.
Suck A Fart from my bum, I hate that word. As a few of you may know, I own a Zune. You may not know that I work for Microsoft as well. When I brought this small gift to my ears I was thinking that if there was ever an issue with it I could just walk over to the department, walk up to the project manager and say Broken, you fix. But I have never had an issue with it.
Anyway, from one of my RSS Feeds I found a Podcast from Nikon. As I sat at my desk pretending to work, I chuckled as I listened to Mark Ellwood who sounds like Stewie from the Family Guy speak with the Nikon mucky muck. I mean the real deal guys that are building my new girlfriends and lovers (pause for chuckle) LOL.
Then it hit me, like a sloppy cheek kiss from an aunt sporting a goatee. I could get Podcasts on photography but not give that but the sub-subjects that interest me like HDR, cityscapes, landscapes and well you get the idea. So I did a search and damn baby you are fine, I found a ton of good sites with podcasts. I would list the ones that I found but you may want to do a search for the things that you are into. No one is ever into bubble baths and long walks on the beach at sunsets
Are you? LOL
Trek 2009 the 3rd Coming or Goings and getting my crap in line
So the 2007 trip was fun and an eye opener. I was unprepared for the experience, I mean as a photographer. There was just no way a person can walk off a boat into a city that they know nothing about and come away with the type of photos that will define them as a photographer. Well guess who tried
Sure I got a few good shoots but I could have had so much more.
So 2009 will be the next cruise and I am getting my crap in line now. I am learning the language, checking out flicker for location shots as well as DA. This way I can go right to the spot, shoot and be back on the ship having a drink and cigar before we pull from port. I have listed the ports below that we will be hitting. If you live in that area, ever been or know smoothing about the locations, note me.
London (Dover), England
Le Havre (Paris), France
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
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