Rockin’ the iPhone
2 things about me.
I love mobile photography – and my iPhone 5 is my friend.
Not only does my iPhone bring my world to me so I don’t have to go chasing all over creation after it (truthfully, any phone will do that.)… it takes photos that STILL kick all the others’ ass. If you have an Android and take umbrage at that last part, I’m sorry. But it’s true.
I’ve tried the MotoX, the Nexus 5, HTC One… and checked out scads of others – new and old – that friends own. Believe me, I’ve tried stretching my wings. But all roads lead back to the iPhone camera. Still!
It IS too small anymore. But with the new BIGGER ones on the way… well, you know where I’m headed. heh.
My Mobile Categories
I think of mobile shots in a few ways, and approach each shot according to each one.
On my iPhone, I can take purty photos on the spot, give them a little KHutt love, post them – and enjoy the fact that they don’t scream ‘MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY!!’. Sometimes its fun to see if people register that it IS a mobile shot! This one was taken over the weekend at ZigZag Creek at the foot of Mt. Hood in Oregon. We were up visiting our friends Brian Matiash and Nicole S. Young. On Sunday, we went out to photograph and also shoot an episode of The Chat with Brian, which we did sitting on a log by this very same creek:
I named this photo “The Climb”, ’cause well, how could I not? The hubs and I were out hiking and photographing along a stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail, one lovely day on Donner Summit in the Sierra Nevada mountains a couple of weeks ago – and we’d gotten separated. No biggie – we agreed to meet back at the car when we were done. As I clambered through a section of rocks, I stepped out onto a granite outcropping overlooking a small group of rock climbers. There were couple of spotters on the ground, a fella on some crazy section of rock – and this gal.
She was working on a move that was relatively new to her, though not being a climber I couldn’t tell you exactly what it was. I just know it looked pretty tough to me – and that she was getting coaching and encouragement from the guys on the ground. Whatever it was required several tries. In between them, she’d dangle in mid air like it was the most comfortable place to hang out; a hundred feet above the ground on a rope. She was huffing and puffing like a freight train too, which gives you an idea about how challenging it was. One thing I CAN tell you for sure: she was badass.
Like a Girl
And it made me think of this video I’d seen recently called Like A Girl . Standing there, watching her focus, determination and strength – I knew what it meant to climb like a girl.
I’m a climber too.
Just not on vertical granite rocks.
But I do it focused, determined and strong… like a girl.
Hoping to help re-define just what that means for younger generations.
How ’bout you?
Being interviewed is fun – and always a bit surreal. Especially when an entire 1 hour show is dedicated to YOU!
But photographer Paul Griffiths makes it easy.
Recently, he asked if I’d join him on his video podcast (is that a “vlodcast”?) titled “Live and Uncut“, which he publishes on his blog: “One Camera, One Lens.” I was happy to do it. even though it’s a whole hour talking about myself – something I don’t always feel comfortable doing. That’s a whole lot of oneself!
Paul is an apprentice in The Arcanum, and is a member my friend Valerie Jardin’s cohort. They study street photography over there… but I guess he got landscape-curious.
I guess cross-discipline-curious is going around, since I’m joining Valerie in Paris next year as a guest of her spring workshop. (did I say that out loud? Man, just LOOK at all the scoops you get here first! I’m not officially announcing Paris yet. But it’s coming. heh.)
Anyhoo, Paul and I had a good time on his show… which you can see right here. And check out his other episodes – they’re great!
But First, A Question…
Where DID the term “banner year” come from, anyway?
We all know what it means, the dictionary defines it as if it has always been… but anybody know where it actually came from? I was just wondering. But I digress (and I haven’t even started!)
It’s been one (a banner year, that is) for skies and sunsets this summer up in my neck of the woods. Lots of thunderstorms – which means lots of awesome sunsets and amazing colors/designs in the sky. I never get tired of looking at them!
Coming This Fall (sneak peak, only for us guys right now)
This ties in nicely to one of my projects for my new website under construction… cloud packs. “The Heavenly Cloud Collection” to be exact. I’m making packs of cloud images for use as background, sky replacement in composite or design work, which will sell on my site. When I first started working in composites and textures, I looked high and low for good skies. They were not to be found, the little scamps – so I decided to make my own!
Now I’ve got over 3000 images! Some are compositional variations, but even at that there’s a lot. And this year being what it’s been, the collection is growing! So I decided to pack them up and make them available in what will be my new store! I’m just now culling, gathering, prepping (cleanup, sizing – but no processing.) and generally making the groups. Then I’ll do some videos to share ideas on how to use them. Fun! That’ll be coming in November, shortly after the site launches.
That’s just a little sneak peak I’m only sharing on my blog right now… and is one of many projects I’m working on as we speak! So much more to come.
In the meantime… enjoy an evening from a couple of weeks ago. I sure did!
The Peculiarness of Downtown Santa Cruz
I’m sitting up at 1am. Awake. Not because I want to be… no, I’d much rather be sleeping.
But here in Santa Cruz, California where I spend part of my time, there’s a contingent of… what do I call them? Street people… night crawlers… musicians (no, that’s too generous)… lost souls… sigh. Whatever they are, they come out after midnight.
Their fave thing is to set up a band.. complete with bongos and other percussion instruments and start playing them on the street corner below the apartment. Badly. They sing. Badly. They keep anyone who lives nearby awake. Really, really well. It’s like a midnight (wannabe) music festival. I’ve learned that the way to handle it in downtown Santa Cruz is to call 911. Weird, huh? But one day, I asked the cops who patrol the streets by day how to get help with this dilemma and they said “Call 911.” So I do. Every time. Because one thing I learned from training horses is that you have to be consistent to get results.
Ah now, there… see? In the time it took to write this, which I did after calling 911 (again)… the cops came, the festival broke up and I can now lay me down to sleep.
Thanks for keeping me company!
Random thought: I wonder if anything keeps redwood trees awake at night?
If you didn’t seen last week’s The Chat with my guest Chris MacAskill, I kind of envy you! Because you get to go and experience it for the first time. Lucky you!
Baldy is truly one of those people for whom a short format show like mine is NOT long enough! He’s lived more during his time here on Earth than most people pack into 3 lifetimes! And it wasn’t all warm and fuzzy.
For one thing, there was Mom. Brilliant, with a Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry, a Minor in English… and a schizophrenic. Loving, but an alcoholic and incapable of living a normal life, she and son Chris lived on the streets for many years. The story is painful and unsettling – and is one he doesn’t tell all that often. It takes a lot out of him to do so. In fact, he was somber for the rest of the day after shooting this segment. But he was willing to share this incredibly personal story with us for this show, for its unique ability to inspire and inform. Because the way in which Chris MacAskill re-created his adversity into huge opportunity is a lesson for us all!
I’ve seen this “Extra” several times – and I never get tired of it! It’s one that didn’t fit into the main episode… but it was important enough that I want to make it into a segment all its own…
Whew! What a summer it’s been. Who knew you could get so busy – and in so many ways? Hey, no complaints – but I’m tha-RILLED to be back ON with The Chat after its unintentional summer hiatus… because people, I’ve got some amaaaazing folks to share with you!
To kick it off… I’m stoked to present Chris MacAskill. Talk about deep. And awesome! You may know him as President and co-owner (along with son Don MacAskill) of SmugMug, Inc… one of the top photo-sharing, photo-selling sites in the world. But did you know he was a Geophysicist? That he was founder and co-owner of Fatbrain.com, Inc.? That he worked with Steve Jobs at Apple… or how being at ground zero on 9/11 completely changed the direction of his life?
Well, then this is The Chat to watch! Because we talk about all that – and quite a bit more in this action-packed episode. His story is one incredible journey, paved with one stunning tale after another. Plus we take a tour of SmugMug HQ in Mountain View, California and hear stories about some of his favorite photographs on the wall. I mean HUGE photographs! Baldy (as his friends call him) doesn’t do anything halfway, let me tell you. In fact, there was so much to cover, we made this episode plus two short “extras”; pieces that I’ll show separately from this one, but are no less fantastical.
Life + Story = Chris MacAskill. I hope you enjoy getting to know this positively inspirational man!
And… look for 3 episodes of “The Chat Extras” that I shot with Chris this day over the coming couple of weeks! They’re pure inspiration…
PS… huge thanks and gratitude goes to Michael Bonocore, for filming our “walkabout” through SmugMug HQ… and helping create our cozy “set” for the day!
The Chat And Chris MacAskill
… and then her mind was blown!
That’s the ending of the story that began with my emailing Chris MacAskill of SmugMug and asking; “Baldy, how would you like to do a Chat with me?” some months ago.
A full day with SmugMug HQ in Mountain View resulted in my mind well and truly being blown! You’ll see why… THAT episode goes live tomorrow!
The Chat Extras
This week will also begin “The Chat Extras”… segments you’ll sometimes see in between show, with additional footage posted separately. These won’t happen every time. Their content could be outtakes – or, in the case of Chris MacAskill – they’ll broaden the scope of a person’s story and message. Because sometimes, those are just bigger than the format. With “The Chat Extras” you’ll have a chance to experience the depth and the breadth of it all. These won’t happen every time… but you can definitely look forward to them related to this week’s show!
The Plan Moving Forward
Moving forward, while I’m not making the perfect promise of sticking perfectly to a bi-weekly show schedule (sometimes it might be more like once a month!)… but I CAN promise you some amazing people appearing here in the coming episodes! And sometimes you’ll see the “Extras”.
For now, while I run off to put the finishing touches on everything for tomorrow, here’s a backstage peek at Baldy and I the day we recorded his amazing episode:
Photo credit and big gratitude goes to Michael Bonocore.
What’s Been Going On Behind the Curtain?
I’ve been nose to the grindstone. Behind closed doors. Below the radar. “Leave a message at the beep” now for weeks. I might even say for months!
So, I thought perhaps I’d take a moment to have a gander of the lay of the land looking forward… and share it with you. Because fun stuff is coming up!
An ALL NEW Episode of The Chat This Week!!
FIRST up this week is my first completed episode of “The Chat” in about 2 months!! Yes, on Wednesday it will be released to the world. Woot!
The pace of said past few months has been so intense I haven’t had time to edit a single episode, which has pained me to no end. Well, truthfully I had to finally let GO of the pain, because it wasn’t doing me – or you – any good. But it’s unintended hiatus will be over on Wednesday with a brand new episode. Chris MacAskill, President of SmugMug will be my guest. And LORDY what an amazing life he’s had! In fact, we shot the main episode AND 2 shorter segments as “extras”, which I’ll show as exclusives right here. It’s all fantastic!
But wait, there’s more! Like who my upcoming guests on The Chat are, a new website on the way, TWiP Pro, Photo+ Expo, a big NYC photo walk, new works coming up and more!
First, however… a word from our Mother Nature in New Zealand:
New Influences, New Ideas
Anything can make you want to try something new artistically. Anything! That’s why you have to keep your eyes, ears and heart open. Oh and try not to judge. (no, I’m not talking about myself on the latter – whatEVER gave you that idea?)
Well, this is a new piece… quite different from my norm.
… and it turned out to be one of my favorite photos yet!
HeeHee. Thought I’d begin at the end for a change. Because, yes this one did!
But it was HOW it happened that was a surprise…
I love shiny things.
I don’t mean to the exclusion of other things. Just that “shiny” is high on my list of “liked things”.
What I liked about this shiny thing image is how it responded to just the wee bit of processing I did in Adobe Camera Raw. Clarity, a little contrast… that was about it. It surprised me. The way shiny things often do.
Shiny things reflect light… which of course, is what make them shine so.
The nice thing about that quality is that you can see yourself in them.
Reflecting. Never a bad thing to do, especially if it leads you onward and upward.
Which is where I was just heading… and shall continue to, now.
Thank you for joining me on this KHutt stream-of-consciousness moment.
It’s always such a pleasure having you along!