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.

Kickoff Saturday Elephant -- Photo for September 1, 2012

September 01, 2012

Huzzah! Bama Football starts tonight!

To finish the elephant countdown, I'm changing things up a little. The elephants in the rest of the countdown were gifts my mom has given me since I moved to Florida (A.K.A. Enemy Territory). Today's elephant was given to me by my dad when I was about five. We were living in Virginia. He had taken a business trip to Africa and brought this little fella back to give me as a souvenir. The piece is made of ebony with ivory tusks. I've treasured this guy since long before we moved to Alabama or I attended The Capstone. It's neat that something I loved so much as a kid has such a connection to the rest of my life.

Here's hoping everyone has a great season and the player for each team stay healthy and safe.

Roll Tide, Roll!

T-minus one day and counting (with elephants) -- Photo for August 31, 2012

August 31, 2012

Normally, I shoot photos on one day and post them on the next. That way, I get to pick from all the possible options. Today, I knew from the moment I woke up what the shot would be. No need to wait.

Here's the T-minus One Day Elephant from the collection my mom has given me over the years. To say I'm excited about Bama kicking off tomorrow is an understatement.

Roll Tide!

T-minus two days and counting (with elephants) -- Photo for August 30, 2012

August 30, 2012

Continuing to count down to the Crimson Tide season kickoff with elephants my mom has given me over the years.

Another change in the lighting. This little guy is sitting on a piece of foam core board. There is a bare flash behind and a little above and then a side flash that's flagged off so that it only illuminates his head and ear.

Roll Tide, y'all.

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