JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 12.09.17

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This….was a tough tech week for me.

It started few weeks ago when I told you about my external hard drive issues.

It continued last Saturday. We came off our shoot on Friday in Pennsylvania and I had the images I shot on my laptop hard drive. Didn’t have time to back them up yet.

Well, I guess I did, but again, lazy.

Took my laptop to my son’s basketball practice to try to use my “sitting there” time wisely.

Except…a few image in, the laptop, balanced on my lap, fell off said lap. Not good.

Screen cracked internally. Since it’s my work laptop *yikes* I took it to our IT team on Monday. They told me the hard drive was damaged as well. Catastrophically.

Meaning I lost a good bit of data. At first, I thought no big deal, just some word docs and such.

Then I remembered all the images from the Friday shoot. Including one portrait I really liked.


Week went on, I tried to get back on schedule from being on the road. Then I thought “Hey, maybe I can retrieve the images from my actual card.”

Did a little research and landed on EaseUS, software I could download (not free, though) to scan my card and get lost data. I wiggled and wagged about whether the $70 was worth it.

Finally, I bought it. If nothing else, at least I would have this software for future. And the rate I was going, I’d need it.

The scan worked pretty well. I got a TON of images back, including stuff from earlier this year, even though I’ve erased and reformatted that card dozens of times.

Data is really not lost, it turns out. You just have to pay to get it back.

Of course, that one image I wanted back from Friday’s shoot…not on there.

Oh well.


This Week’s Links

Birthdays this week: Aaron Siskind, Anne Wardrope Brigman, Tim Hetherington, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Eliot Porter, Roy DeCarava

What I watched this week: Pushover (super good film noir)

What I’m reading: The Ongoing Moment

Photo composition tips.

Forget the b-roll.

Women photographers of World War I

The Soldier’s Camera

Stephen Shore’s Offbeat Sublimities

Is photography still worth it?

“Look, there’s nothing to it. F9 on the shady side of the street, F4.5 on the sunny side, 20th of a second, hold your camera steady!” ~ Walker Evans

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Christmas Shopping With JSP


You know the old jingle….It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Welp, it is starting to like it around here for sure. Our little homestead is decorated, tree went up last weekend (and fell over, but that’s the backstory), my kids are getting excited, counting down the days.

They are even calling for some snow this weekend. Shot the above image a couple of years ago, maybe I’ll get a similar shot soon.

Since people are starting their holiday shopping, I thought I’d help out with some gift ideas…namely, photography!

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Bruce Springsteen in Asbury Park, 2017

I’m offering up a few prints from my catalog for sale. Some cool ones, I think, and all super original.


Chor Bazaar, Mumbai, India

8×10 prints selling for $40 including shipping & handling, US only (Outside the US, S&H will be applied)

16×24 prints selling for $75 including shipping & handling, US only (Outside the US, S&H will be applied)

All prints come with a white border, metallic finish to really let the colors (even B&W) pop. All ready to be framed, really sharp.

2018 Jersey Noir calendar selling for $25.

On Deadline

On Deadline


These are just a few I have in the For Sale file.  Click here to the see the prints I’m offering on a by request basis only (I don’t have these just laying around.)

See something else on the site you like? Just let me know.

Give the gift of original photography this holiday season! But order soon so that I can get them to you in time for when Santa comes down the chimney.

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Dispatches: Walking Asbury Park

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I know, I know…Asbury Park doesn’t seem like a Dispatches type of post. I head down there enough that it’s almost like a second home.

But this past weekend I went down with fresh eye. Why? Because I played tour guide.

Last week, I was traveling with Gary and Vivian Chapman. But part of the project we’re working on included work back here in New Jersey, and nearby Pennsylvania.

Since we shot on Friday in PA, they had to spend the weekend to get to our shoot on Monday. They took Saturday to keep close to the hotel and get some work done (seriously, being on the road hampers actual production – editing photos, back up, the general business of being a pro photographer. Heck, it slows me down and I’m not even a pro.)

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Gary Chapman At Work – San Francisco Airport, November 2017

On Sunday, though, I invited them to take a drive down I-195 with me to check out Asbury Park for themselves. They hear, and see, so much of it from me, thought they should check it out.

It was a chilly, overcast day, but we three, plus my two boys, steered my truck East. At the appropriate time, I turned on Greetings From Asbury Park to get us in the mood.

After parking near, the first stop was Danny Clinch’s Transparent Clinch gallery.





From there, we walked back up past The Wonder Bar and into Convention Hall. The pop-up Christmas Bazaar was in full swing and so were the crowds. We strolled through Convention Hall and walked out the other side where I showed them the Wooden Walls murals.

Not much wind down on the boardwalk but there was a bit in the air. We walked back through the throngs of shoppers to head down to the other end of the boardwalk. Along the way, I talked a bit more about the history of AP, pointed out Madame Marie’s and the Silverball Museum.

My boys wanted to play on the playground set that is on the beach. I turned Gary and Vivian lose to explore a little while I stayed to watch over my guys and snap a few more.


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When they strolled back, it was….time. Time to do a portrait in front of the wall I’m making famous (I hope).

We exited the boardwalk and crossed Ocean Ave. I think they were as excited as I was.

My boys had to warm the spot up first.

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Then they stepped in for their “serious” portrait.

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But then we had to do a couple of fun ones as well couple of fun ones, too…

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It was starting to get dark. We headed back up Ocean, and was able to jump into The Stone Pony for a quick look around.

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Just before jumping back in the truck to the crockpot of chili we had waiting for us back at the house, time for one last selfie.


Last December, Gary and I photowalked Tokyo. it was pretty memorable. Hopefully, they both will remember this December when they go to know Little Eden.

And, hey, if you’re ever in town, give me a hollar. I find I like playing tour guide in Asbury Park.

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 12.02.17

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If you saw my post yesterday, you know this was a busy week for me. A lot of running and gunning, as we call it.

Fly out, drop into a situation, shoot for most of the day, head to the airport, back up the work from the day, fly to a new spot.

Best day was Wednesday when we grabbed some really nice light in Brisbane, California, (right outside San Francisco), finished up a little earlier than expected, and caught a cab into SF to walk around the Embarcadero and grab the last light of the day.

Worst day was that same day. By 6:30 p.m., we were headed back to Brisbane to pick up our luggage, and then head to the airport for a 10 p.m. flight to Atlanta. It’s a four hour flight, plus the time change back to East Coast time. We landed at 5:30 a.m., picked up our rental car, then drove two hour to Athens. That was a long time to be in the same clothes.

Luckily, the Hotel Indigo let us check in early when we arrived at 8 a.m. I took a 45 minute nap and a 10 minute shower and was good to go. Jittery Joe’s and breakfast burrito helped.

Aside from that, it was a pretty good week shooting with Gary Chapman. Brought him back to NJ for a shoot yesterday, and for one on Monday.

We’re getting a lot of good stuff, hope to show it soon!


This Week’s Links:

Birthdays This Week: Gordon Parks, Harry Benson, William Wegman

What I Watched This Week: Baby Driver (on the plane)

What I Read This Week: Not much, except for RangeFinder and Shutterbug. And my travel staple, Vanity Fair.

On my Christmas list: Fred Lyons’ Noir

“The thing about photography is that every day is a new day, even if you are working on the same story, because every day you have got a chance to correct what you did the day before, and try to take it a bit further or a bit back.” ~ Harry Benson

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