JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 09.15.18

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Aside from a half-day shoot of talks, it was a bit of a low-shoot week. That said, I spent a some time in the editing room pulling potential cover images for a new Race Williams book.

So, sometimes when it’s not one thing, it’s a another.

Let’s see what this week brings, shall we?


This Week’s Links:

What I Watched This Week: Castle Rock

What I Read This Week: The Storyteller’s Secret

What I listened To This Week: Jolene, by Dolly Parton

Domestic Blindness

Emmy Nominees Star In A Noir Portfolio by Art Streiber

The Pros and Cons of casting real people for advertising shoots.

Lighting Living Legends

The Funniest Wildlife Photographs

“Chance is always there. We all use it. The difference is a poor photographer meets chance one out of a hundred times and a good photographer meets chance all the time.” ~ Brassaï, born Gyula Halász, who was born September 9, 1889

In Remembrance

Jersey City 9.11

This is the 9/11 Memorial in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Never Forget.

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BTS: Back To School

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My kids went back to school this week. As they were getting ready (and I was getting ready for the traditional Back-To-School photos), I noticed just how wide Olivia’s profile was.

The backpack on her small frame seemed crazy big to me. I had a quick thought to do a not-the-norm-back-to-school photo.

I quickly went into my garage studio and set up my stands. Rather than my black, white, or gray backgrounds, I opted to go with a red Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display board that I picked up at a local crafts store.


Once I was all set up, I had Liv come out, and enlisted her brother Chase to hold the yardstick.


Took some doing to get Chase to hold the yardstick straight but we got there. And to Liv’s credit, she gave me a good face for the “final” image.

Shot the images with my Fuji X100T and did do some contrast/saturation in post-production, and some cropping as well.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive, portable background, pick up some of the tri-folds. They come in different colors and can help you get a different look on location…or in your own garage studio!

Behind The Scenes AND Back To School! Heh!

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 09.08.18

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Anyone else have the post-summer blues?

Or are you rejuvenated and ready to get on with the end of the year?

I’m somewhere in the middle, I guess.

It’ll be good to get back on a schedule again (though it’ll have to wait a few more days. My kids went back to school on Thursday, but they are off again on Monday for Roshana.)

And just maybe I’m starting to be ready for cooler weather.

But I’m also using the start of September as a new beginning of sorts. Much of it surrounds my overall health and fitness (running more, doing the the core work, going meatless [again]).

I’m sure there are other areas that I can look at and try to improve upon. One study says it takes about 66 days of doing something (or not doing) for a new habit to be formed. Seems like a long time, but in the grand scheme of things, maybe not.

Maybe that’s the time it will take for me to break the “summer habit” – the time from when the kids are off till they went back to school was just over 70 days.

So, we’ll use this beginning part of September as the restart.

Why wait until January 1?


This Week’s Links:

What I Watched This Week: Ozark, Season 2

What I’m Reading This Week: The Storytellers Secret

From Outside Magazine: An Ode To Being Old

Joe McNally on using the Nikon Z (and aliens)

Photojournalist extraordinaire David Burnett had a birthday this week. Here’s the first time I had the pleasure of working with him.

Dark Days and Starry Nights

Photographs need stories.

Delivering on challenging assignments.

“You can only hold your stomach in for so many years.”RIP Burt. 

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