Weekend Shot: Childhood

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The old “rearview mirror shot.” A little trite, I know.

But I like this one. I had a great long weekend with two of my three kids, Olivia and Matthew. They are four years apart, but get a long quite well. Matt is more like Olivia than Chase, which may be why they gel so well.

It rained much of Saturday, but then cleared up in the afternoon. On the way to pick up a pizza, we had the windows down and the music up.

I know I can’t stop the kids from growing up, but I hope to always remember days like these.

Little hand + open window + Nik Silver = This Weekend Shot.

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I Believe

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In the cornfields of New Jersey….

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JSP Visual Week In Review | 10.04.14

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Quick recap today. My wife and Kraj Kid #2, Chase, are in Florida. His first airplane trip!

I’m watching Kraj Kid #’s 1 and 3 so we’re trying to stay occupied on this rainy Saturday here in the Great State of New Jersey.

All I can say is….October. Already. Whew.

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This Week’s Links:

* My buddy Joe McNally has his first solo gallery showing at Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this weekend. Congrats to him.

* Speaking of Joe, great post about his use of available light.

* Adventures in 19th Century Photography

* Leice recreates 35 famous photos to celebrate 100th anniversary.

* They should have just used John Malkovich.

* Kelly Ripa had a birthday cake made out of Tastykakes (if you’re from in or around Philadelphia, you know Tastykake.)

* 80 Must Reads (As an aside, I finished To Kill A Mockingbird this week. I liked it, but it’s not on my top 5 of books. Kind of meandered, but in a good way.)

* Great watch: What does director David Fincher NOT do.

* “Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” ~ Bruno Barbey

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Into The Wilderness…It Could Cost You

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There was some hullabaloo (good word; we should use it more) last week about the U.S. Forest Service talking about charging media $1,500 for permits to for still photography and commercial filming on the 36 million acres of National Forest System lands. (Read the full directive here. Much easier to read news accounts.)

This permit wouldn’t be just for those folks photographing buffalo with their 300mm lenses, but for any bloke taking photos or videos even on an iPhone. The fine for not getting a permit would be punishable with a $1,000 offense.

Ansel Adams is turning over in his grave.

Of course, after much outcry, the Forest Service has backed off it’s fine language.

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I just don’t understand how this stuff gets out before a level-headed PR flack taps someone on the shoulder and says “Uh, have we thought this through?”

Getting a permit is all well and good (though a pain in the next at time). Even in NYC, if you want to drop a tripod, you run the risk of law enforcement involvement. Nothing serious, just someone telling you you can’t do that. I experienced that first hand in Grand Central Terminal a few years ago. Then again, getting a permit isn’t too difficult.

Now, I’m not into landscape photography too much. I do shoot landscapes, but I don’t normally seek it out unless I can get a person in it to give it scale, like the handstand shot I took in Vermont that leads off this post. To me, it’s always good to get a person in there the frame. Just gives it some context, some drama.

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But I couldn’t imagine being in one of our national parks, snapping a shot and then having the Park Service roll up on you.

If anything, they should be helping you move a mountain when you’re trying to take a shot of a bee.

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