To all for such a gracious welcome to the blog world. I promise to try to keep it going, and stay lively, win, lose or draw. Just doing this is a big deal for me, and I gotta admit some stuff here. First, I ain’t the most organized or responsible person on the face of the planet. Also, I’m a big time day dreamer. (Some picture ideas come out of those day dreams, to be sure. I guess I’ve always wondered if I could get paid for day dreaming, you know, charge a client a half day research fee if you thought about their job in the shower, for instance. Hmmm.)
And, I suck at the computer. I’m getting better, but the idea of being real, real good at this machinery is probably one of those things that ain’t gonna happen to me, like playing center for the Knicks.
I’m learning, though, from a guy named… Brad. Brad is our first assistant both in the studio and in the field, our IT person, go to guy, all around organizer, and the one who calms me down when I start hitting the computer with a hammer and screaming, “Make the little pictures come out!!!!”
You might occasionally get a response from Brad to a post. He’s a good guy. He actually lives with us, us being me and my wife Annie. He has his own apartment downstairs, comes and goes as he pleases, and we never hear him when he’s down there cleaning D3 sensors and watching Office Space.
[Many more thanks after the jump]…
He’s become such a dear friend to Lynn (our studio manager, more on her in later blogs) and myself, and part of our family, and valuable to our tiny business that we have all collectively told him he cannot leave. Lynn and I have been real straight with him that we would hunt him down, throw a net over him and drag him back. So, he’s stuck. Pleasantly so, I think, cause we are moving to new digs, and his apartment looks out onto woods and a wooden deck, where I have my grill. Carnivore to his core, he’s eyeballing that grill, I know it. I have a feeling we’re going to go through a lot of propane this summer.
There’s some folks I gotta thank here, big time. I wouldn’t be doing this without the encouragement, advice, counsel and sound wisdom of Scott Kelby, Moose Peterson, and David Hobby. I mean, these guys are the 18 wheelers of the cyber highway, and my bloggaroodi is always going to be a trike on the sidewalk of life. Scott speaks, people listen. With good reason. His daily sweep is so laden with good info and selfless pointers and heads up, it’s an essential stop for anyone in the visual marketplace.
And Moose….well, he be Moose. Nobody like him. He tunes up that Ferrari of his intellect and we all benefit from the whooosh! of his drive-by. He offers up so much info, free, you could make your own book of Moose by just printing out his PDF offerings. Recently, he took it upon himself to launch a site dedicated to parsing out the D3. Just did it in his spare time, yah. You know, just a big ass website about the camera. The fact he can knock that stuff out as easy as falling off a log just pisses me off, I tell ya! : )
And David Hobby. What can you say? He’s a terrific shooter and a guy who’s forgotten more about strobe than I’ll ever know. You’d have to go to strobe college to collect more info than you get from David, for free, daily. It’s amazing. If you want to know anything about strobe, go to Strobist. It’s just that simple.
And Michael Clark and Laurie Excell….sheesh…. Michael has an influential blog he writes in between shooting unbelievable pictures, sort of, you know one handed. With the other hand, he’s hanging off a sheer cliff face in Patagonia somewhere. And Laurie, she’s out there with the bears, shooting amazing stuff and then coming home to run EquipmentLady.com. She turned a whole garage full of my old photo stuff into a couple of mortgage payments.
All of this sharing and offering of info gives me hope for our battered business. Not to denigrate bankers or lawyers or scientists, etc., but somehow I don’t think there’s a bunch of them out there helping folks out, handing out info and tips and secrets and backstage stuff for free. Don’t know that for sure, just a feeling. The photo community, on the other hand, is really a community. It’s cool. And it feels right.
We’re all photographers, so we’re all in the same leaky boat together. We’ll get through, as long as we all bail in collegial fashion. Glad to join the blog world and help keep it going.