Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Looking for revenue from your old photos

State and Madison streets in downtown Chicago following the Chicago Fire in 1871.
Millions of archived print photos spells new streams of income, or at least this is what the Chicago Tribune is hoping. In an attempt to create revenues the Chicago Tribune is looking to digitize all of their print photos; some 7 million plus. The up front costs are probably going to be mind blowing, but the long run should be fruitful. Time will tell and this project is worth following, book mark it. To read the full article click here...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Adobe Creative Suite 5

Yes, it is true folks, Adobe has set a launch date for the new CS 5. Join them for their global launch. To see what CS 5 has to offer click here...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Kangaroo Conservation Center

Red Kangaroo
This weekend we headed up to the Kangaroo Conservation Center in Dawsonville, Georgia to see the Mob. Yeah, you read correctly the mob. Well, not the mob as in bad dudes but the Kangaroo Mobs. The weather was nice and the drive was short, only 45 minutes. The center itself was not a bad deal, although the cost was a bit high for what you get. The people were friendly and the Kangaroos were out sun bathing and the whitetail deer were active. Overall the attractions were in good order.

Blue Crowned Pigeon
Bearded Dragon
However, the photo opportunity was not as good as I had thought it would be. I really did not a get a good shot of the kangaroos. Most shots were long and I didn't have a 400mm lens. (The photo on the page here was blown up to 175 percent.) A disappointment for me. But the billobong center had a lot of photo opportunities. The billobong center had the birds, reptiles and lost kids. Just kidding about the kids.
If you plan to visit and want some good kangaroo photos I suggest at least a 300 - 400 mm lens. Oh yeah, eat before you go.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Wonderful Days of Spring

Gazing out at the blue sky makes me long for spring and all the new growth that will be here soon. Spring is a wonderful time for photographers with all the new colors. It is a bad time to be caught sleeping. Don't let spring sneak up and pass you by. Check your equipment now, ensure it is ready. Below is a list I usually go through before I start my Spring sessions.
  • Clean your sensor
  • Check your camera, your lens and other equipment you might use for proper operation
  • Ensure you have ample storage, i.e.. cards and hard disk space
  • Clean out the camera bag and replenish expendable supplies, such as lens wipes and batteries
Do not let the "oh no" of poorly operating equipment keep you from enjoying shooting in the Spring. Be prepared, happy shooting!

    Sunday, March 14, 2010

    Drought reveals Church

    I found this article while reading the National Geographic Daily News and thought it to be worthy of re-posting, in case you do not receive the Daily News. Reading this article brings to mind our own drought a couple of years back. Hopefully, those people that might have found odd objects in the water ways recorded them via a camera for generations to view later. Enjoy the article.

    Exposed Church

    Photographs by Diario La Nacion, Reuters (left) and Jorge Silva, Reuters (right)
    You might call it an act of God. A severe drought in Venezuela has exposed a church—pictured in 2008 (left) and on February 21, 2010—that had been inundated when a hydroelectric dam was built in 1985. Read more here...

    Saturday, March 13, 2010

    Georgia Cities...A Story to Tell (Photo Contest)

    Contest are a vital part of a growing photographers lifeline. Contest help the photographer grow, branch out and most importantly get their work in front of the public eye. To help all the growing photographers I will begin posting contest, as I learn of them, to this blog. To start this effort will be the

    The City of Valdosta is proud to once again participate in Georgia Cities Week with a host of events for citizens of all ages to enjoy. This year's theme is: Georgia Cities...Energy to Transform.  The City is proud to host the Georgia Cities Week Photo Contest 2010 and is looking for photos that capture the best of living in Valdosta! Read more...

    To see the complete list of 2010 Participating Cities click here!
    Happy Shooting!

    Friday, March 12, 2010

    30 Photographic Goals for 2010

    Creating goals and accomplishing them are not always the same. That really goes across the board in all areas. How many times have you set goals, but just never got around to putting the effort into accomplishing them. Reading this post from a friend sparked a thought that if I accomplished half of these, I would be on a good course for the year and perhaps increase the goals next year. I felt I should share this article "30 Photographic Goals for 2010", by Christina N Dickson as well just in case some folks have not seen it. To read the full article by Dickson click here. I feel it is inspiring and if you only set a few of the goals and accomplish them you should be on your way to a good photographic year. Good luck and happy shooting!

    Wednesday, March 03, 2010

    Canon Group Donates $168,000 To Chile relief efforts Following the Devastating Earthquake

    LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 2, 2010 – The Canon Group, including Canon Inc., Canon U.S.A., Inc., Canon Latin America, Inc. and Canon Chile S.A., today announced that they have pledged approximately $168,000 (15 million yen) to relief efforts for Chile, following the powerful earthquake that struck the country on February 27, 2010, causing extensive damage and loss of life. read more...

    Monday, March 01, 2010

    Chile Earthquake Pictures: Quake Spurs Tsunami Threat

    Chile Earthquake 2010: From Rubble, Grief

    Photograph by Victor Ruiz Caballero, Reuters

    As the sun sets on February 27, 2010, the day that a massive earthquake struck off the shore of Chile, people console one another next to a destroyed building in Talca... (read more)
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