Overcast Wing -- Photo for September 8, 2012

September 08, 2012

Flying through the soup on the way back home.

Steve Inglima Teaching at Photoshop World

September 07, 2012

My passion for photography recently reignited. To further fuel the flame, I'm attending Photoshop World1 this week. On Tuesday, I attended the "Canon Live Shoot" workshop that's part of the conference. It looked like a great opportunity to watch top pros teach and learn a little something. It did not disappoint.

The instructors were Jack Reznicki2, Eddie Tapp3 and Steve Inglima4. I spent the majority of the shooting session in Steve's group. Of course, I took the opportunity to shoot a little behind the scenes shot with my Canon S1005 point and shoot.

Steve was a great teacher. He did a fantastic job of working with all the photographers and our model Michelle. Part of the workshop included a competition where the entire Photoshop World audience picked the best photo from the day's shoot. One of the images Steve setup won. Sadly, it wasn't my image, but I'm still happy with my shot.

Anyone familiar with DK's6 work will easily be able to tell he's been my mentor for the past couple of decades.

Links and Notes

  1. Photoshop World - Best decision I've made is long time was deciding to come to this event. I've been largely out of the game for a long time. I'm still way behind, but I learned more in the past couple of days than I would have been able to on my own in months and there's still one day to go. Aside from the Photoshop stuff, it's also been great to see some of the best at work. My mind won't stop racing with ideas for things I want to shoot and ways I want to shoot them.

  2. Jack Reznicki - Teacher and commercial shooter. I didn't get to spend as much time working with him as I would have liked, but really enjoyed his part of the presentation.

  3. Eddie Tapp - Eddie gave the post processing part of the presentation. This marked the start of my entrance back into the world of photoshop. I'm already seeing benefits from the notes from his talk.

  4. Steve Inglima - I'm not finding a personal web site for Steve. Perhaps Vegas has blunted my Google skills. One thing I know he does is Canon's Explorers of Light program. Something I've enjoyed for years.

  5. Canon PowerShot S100 - This is the point and shoot that I carry and recommend.

  6. Dennis Keim - My friend, mentor and all around great dude.

Vegas Looks Like Tron -- Photo for September 7, 2012

September 07, 2012

The planners for City Center in Vegas must have been fans of Tron when they were kids.

Jay Maisel -- Photo for September 6, 2012

September 06, 2012

Jay Maisel is a master photographer. You've seen his work before on the cover of Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" album. This week, I was lucky enough to attend a session taught by Mr. Maisel at Photoshop World. He discussed his street photography and capturing people in their native environments. It seemed only appropriate to take this shot of him in the same vein.

Penn & Bass -- Photo for September 5, 2012

September 05, 2012

I crossed something off the bucket list today. Namely: see Penn and Teller1 do a live show. It was great. If you find yourself in Vegas, make sure to check out the show. Penn does double duty as a musician during the pre-show. He plays a mean bass with a crazy good pianist named Mike Jones2. This is Penn laying it down before changing into a magician. Dude is talented in multiple disciplines.

Links and Notes

  1. Penn and Teller - I would be shocked if you don't already know about these guys. However, if that's the case, you should know that they are magicians and that one of them doesn't talk. They'll also tell you how tricks are done from time to time.

  2. Mike Jones - Bad ass pianist. Piano jazz generally doesn't do much for me, but Mike blew me away. I haven't pulled it down yet because I'm on a slow hotel connection, but his latest CD is free on his web site. I'll be grabbing that and also purchasing some of his music because everyone should support artists they like.

Mandalay Bay Corridor -- Photo for September 4, 2012

September 04, 2012

Two cultural flashbacks pop into my head when walking down hotel corridors:

  1. The Shining

  2. Scooby Doo chases

Someone needs to do a mashup of those two.

Prepping for Flight -- Photo for September 3, 2012

September 03, 2012

Today was a travel day. I didn't shoot much, but this one will work for my photo for the day. I would call it "my plane", but that's not really accurate. More to the point, it's the plane I rode on for a few hours.

G2 -- Photo for September 2, 2012

September 02, 2012

I accidentally grabbed a pack of Gatorade G2 instead of the regular stuff on a recent trip to the store. This is the first time I've been pleasantly surprised after unintentionally grabbing a low calorie version of something. I can't drink too much of the regular stuff. It has too sugary a taste. The G2 is much better.

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