The book has been pretty well received. When I first looked at its ratings climb on Amazon, I just figured it was my sisters, clicking away, running up their credit cards, helping out their baby bro.
But, the book kept climbing, and holding up a pretty high ranking, spiking all the way to #10 of all books on Amazon. That puts us up there with all the murder mysteries and romance novels!
I thought about it and figured the appeal must be the noir-ish, sweaty style in which I wrote it, thrown in with some good photo info. Think of mixing the Adorama catalog with a bodice ripper.
It was a dark and stormy night. Outside the windows of the cheap motel, the thunder rolled. Her heart was quaking. He had sparked her with a pepper, re-arranged her pixels, and she knew she would never forget it.
“Will you stay?” she asked, though she already knew the answer.
In the flashes of lightning, she could see his face was stern and resolute. “I can’t stay, babe. I told you when all this started I wasn’t a stick around kind of guy.” The lightning effect was augmented, of course, by the Pocket Wizard transceiver he had in his pocket, tripping an Elinchrom Ranger RX unit with a Free Lite head and a long throw reflector on a c-stand complete out in the parking lot. Inside the reflector pan was loosely taped a Rosco Cinegel quarter blue (Quarter CTB), to give the light a pale, cool feel, just like lightning.
“I know,” she replied. Her voice was steady but her quivering bosom gave lie to her words. “Will you come back?”
“Depends if there’s ever any news again in this lousy burg,” he said. “It would also help if you had a twin sister. But I guess that’s no go on both counts.”
He shouldered his cameras and stepped to the door. Framed by the lightning and the slashing rain, she could see he had a Nikon D3 with a 200-400mm AFS VR Zoom f/4G IF-ED. How she longed to touch it one last time!
He tossed her an Lexar 8gb UDMA 300x CF card, and on it was scrawled a note….”Thanks for the good times…”
When she looked up, he was gone.
Kidding of course….
[More after the jump]
Actually, the book is pretty irreverent, anecdotal, and refuses to take itself or its author too seriously. In the midst of the pictures and stories, there actually is a fair amount of decent photo tips, strategies and info, most of which I gleaned not by divine intervention, but by making repeated, often egregious and, occasionally, just unbelievably stupid mistakes. Much of what I have learned in this business has come about by trial and error, hanging in when things are going south, and from a repeated series of “Whoah, I coulda had a V-8!” types of forehead slapping moments.
As I mentioned before, the book disappeared from shelves almost immediately. The good news is it hit the warehouse today, Friday. Back orders should being going out pronto. As far as physically hitting a shelf in B&N or someplace like that, dunno. Probably a week or two. Hang in and many thanks…..
Quick note…I’ve got a bud named Mark Krajnak who’s an energetic enthusiast with a good eye who has been doing things on his Flickr page…. He’s done a noir New Jersey thing, and has also pushed himself to doing a picture a day for pub on his site. Worth a look….
Mentioned in this post:
– Pocket Wizard Transceiver
– Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS
– Elinchrom Ranger Free Lite A Head
– Elinchrom Long Throw Reflector
– Avenger C-Stand
– Avenger Extension Arm
– Rosco Cinegel 1/4 CTB (Blue)
– Nikon D3
– Nikon 200-400mm f/4G
– Lexar UDMA 8 GB 300x CF Card