Dispatches: Ireland


I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

But today seems like as good a day as any to revisit that trip to Ireland in 2008.


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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 03.16.19

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This week was a good one in my corner of New Jersey.

Spring was teased with a couple of full-on warm days and the spring peepers have been out in force – a truer sign of spring for me than even seeing a robin in the yard. Even slept with the windows open one night.

I shot some sports, threw some blades and did other shoots for business and personal projects.

Here to hoping this coming week (I have a couple of very diverse shoots at the early part of the week, so stay tuned) gives as much goodness as this past one did.


This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: Arrowood (very good, highly recommend)

What I watched This Week: Palmdale (short and taunt)

What I Watched This Week, Part 2: La La Land (second watch, love the colors)

Magnum: On Entering The Photography Industry

Jim Marshall: There is a documentary screening at SXSW about the legendary rock photographer. Not sure if this one or not.

NY Times: What’s the opposite of a cellphone photo?

Esquire: Sam Jackson

PDN Online: The importance of keeping notes (I’m not good at this; in fact, at this moment, I can’t find my photo notebook)

The Miracle of the Mundane

Be kind.

Happy birthday today to Danny Lyon.

“Be it a good thing or bad thing, if many people can do it, the medium gets too crowded for your work to seep through, so you have to be absolutely unique in your ideas” ~ Vanessa Ansong

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Dispatches: Wet Work in Clayton Park


Long before he was disgraced as a sexual predator, Bill Cosby used to have this bit in his stand-up act  where he says that, when he was a kid, for the longest time he thought his name was Jesus Christ.


“My father used to call me that all the time. Or so I thought. ‘Jesus Christ, put the cereal away!’…..’Jesus Christ, clean up your room!’…’Jesus Christ, what are you doing out in the rain? Get inside!’ “

It seemed funny at the time. And I still think of it when it’s raining outside and my kids want to go play in it. In the summer it’s not bad, but in the spring or fall…Cos’ dad resonates with me.

But last week sometime, I saw a social media post about going out to shoot in inclement weather. Everyone shoots when it’s nice out. But why not try to go look for photos when its raining, or snowing?

Yes, you’ll be a bit uncomfortable, and yes, you have to watch out for your gear. But the payoff is that you can get some really nice photos.


So, last weekend, it was supposed to be drizzly all day. Not full-on rain, just some drizzle.

I decided to take note of that social media post, and told my boys we were heading out to nearby Clayton Park. This is one of my favorite Central New Jersey gems, a place I’ve hiked through, ran through, and have gone just to clear my head in trying times.

So, we pulled on our boots and our rain jackets and headed out.  Note: If you don’t have a good pair of weatherproof boots, you’re missing out. Go out, get a pair you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. It’s like having an armored tank for your feet.



Truth be told, by the time we got out the door, the rain had stopped to even less than a drizzle. A few drops, really. But the forest was wet and slick and drippy. A fun playground to tromp through.




While we didn’t see any woodland creatures (aside from birds), we weren’t the only ones taking advantage of Nature’s splendor.


I love how her jacket and hat pop against all the golds and browns.


I was using my little FujiX100T for these shots (and my phone took the one of me crossing the log up above). I didn’t need a rain guard for the T, but if I had my Canon DSLR with me, and it was raining, I’d use one of these (this is what I use when I shoot the Polar Bear Plunges, too.)

So, here’s an idea for this weekend: Check the weather. Even if it looks inclement, get out and shoot anyway. Put on a good pair of boots and see what you can see. Never stop exploring.

And drop a link below to show me what you shot.


Me and the boys want to see your shots!

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 03.09.19

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This was one of those weeks that seemed to fly by.

We started our march into March with a bit of snow here that didn’t last long, and will end this weekend by pushing the clocks forward.

I always like to do that, to get more light in the day, but I have to admit, I get lulled into the night, and the look of the night.

I guess it’s my film noir mindset. I start out hating that time in the fall were we move the clock back. But after a few weeks, I start to see the beauty in the dark.

And it’s that winter’s bone beauty. The summer night is different – warm and friendly. Winter night is like an ice pick ready to poke holes in you.

Summer nights are crickets and cicadas and soft music coming for someone’s backyard BBQ.

Winter night is shadowy. The kind that makes you hurry your steps up to get to some place more lit.

But the last few weeks have also given us here in New Jersey those great late winter sunsets. The oranges and reds streak across the sky getting warmer and deeper until *poof* they are gone.

Now, though, we’re ready to turn the page into a new season and all that it holds.

I’m ready.


This Week’s Links:

What I Watched: Free Solo (amazing) and the rest of The Umbrella Academy

What I read: A short story, The Broken King, by a writer I know, Brian Panowich. I also bagged Shadow of the Serpent, which I mentioned last week. Just not doing it for me. Started Arrowood instead.

NY Times: The Challenges of Photographing Trump

Texas Monthly: Photography is almost always about trust

Artsy: 4 Secrets to living a bold, creative life (by one of my favorite artists, James Victore)

Roads & Kingdoms: Street Connections

Mother Jones: Main Street: The Lost Dream of Route 66

“I will not speak of advantages that my discovery promises as a result of the various uses that can be made of it…” ~ Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, the inventor of photography, who was born March 7, 1765.

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