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The Quiet Guy

May 21

In Seminars & Workshops at 6:55pm

He goes by a couple names here at DLWS. “Kev” for short, and of course, “Kevin.” Moose just calls him flyboy, cause he’s an aviation engineer and a pilot who works for Cessna and teaches newbies how to fly.

I figure that’s why he’s so damn unflappable. Never see him upset or off kilter. Years of flying buddy to a bunch of nervous new pilots will probably do that to you. He’s got that Midwestern voice, too, the kind as a passenger you like to hear coming from the cockpit. Reassuring, in a word.

“Ladies and gentlemen, you might have just noticed, heh heh, our old airplane just took a big swoop upwards out of our landing approach, and you might’ve heard those old engines back there barkin’ like a big dog, but there’s no need for alarm. Seems I got this little red light here on the panel tellin’ me my landin’ gear’s not coming down. Darnedest thing. But I tell you what, we’re gonna come around again low and tight over the runway and give them nervous nellies on the ground a looksee up our skirt a little bit, and get what we call a visual. And they’re gonna find out what I know already, that our old landin’ gear’s just fine. I’ll get back with you in a couple, meantime, sit back and enjoy the flight, winds are out of the southwest at about 20mph, broken cloud, unlimited visibility, about 65 degrees Farenheit. It’a just a beautiful day out there!”

For Kevin, an emergency code red situation means his heart rate will drift slightly above 65.

Of course, he’s not always quiet and reserved.

But what he is, consistently, is indispensable. He stays in the background of the workshop, helping people with every photo problem from tripod mismanagement to exposure issues, composition, and finally, ouptut. He is a magician on the Cintiq, the Wacom’s version of a flying carpet, and in the classroom sessions, always has a crowd hanging around, watching him work.

He’s also a helluva shooter. Check out his blog. He and Moose have been photographing together for years, flying small sea planes into remote areas up in north country and making pix of big critters like the Kodiak Bear. They keep asking me to come. They say they’ve got this special wardrobe item for me. It’s a scratch n’ sniff shirt that smells like barbecue sauce. Hmmmmm. Think I’ll stick with the subways in NY.

So we have been in the Redwoods. Lots of fun. Great bunch of folks.

Of course, we be earnestly searching for the forest in the trees, and the wonderful youngster Raven chose very smartly to focus her attention on something much smaller. A ladybug.

Kelvin says:

on May 21, 2008 at 9:15 pm

You sure took is voice up well.
Thats quite a tribute to Kevin, Joe.
If you read this would you let Moose know that I’d be happy to wear the shirt.
Love the images and the blog.

Kelvin says:

on May 21, 2008 at 9:18 pm

You sure to HIS voice up well.
Thats quite a tribute to Kevin, Joe.
If you read this would you let Moose know that I’d be happy to wear the shirt.
Love the images and the blog

Kelvin says:

on May 21, 2008 at 9:19 pm

LOL, I am on crack, better erase my comments.

Sean McCormack says:

on May 21, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Hi Joe,
I really have to ask how the last image was processed, because the skin tones are so natural, mixed with the saturated flowers. I know I can do this with Vibrance in Lightroom, but I’m curious as to your approach.


greg daily says:

on May 21, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Beautiful trees. There is something about beautiful trees. Joe, do you interlace print work with your seminars?

matt h says:

on May 21, 2008 at 10:18 pm

nice tree! i mean really nice! at first i thought, ooh, a bit dark. then i realized, it OUGHT to be a bit dark. really nice. did i mention that?

Ken says:

on May 21, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Hello Joe,

Love this blog on the quiet guy. Thanks

I am including my blog address about Memorial Day, about my brother Stan.

I am greeted with grief and sadness as I wrote this tribute to him, a good brother, KIA in Viet Nam in 1968, seems like yesterday.

I have been avoiding this, but somehow me starting a blog of sorts, learning to release my heart in photography and good people like you and other professionals.

I email a fella name Scott Eccleston, professional photographer in Main who is doing a slideshow on those who “have gone before us”. His blog address below.

I get inspiration and hope when I read your blog, your writing style and you sharing your “how to’s” with guys like me. Scott Eccleston

Affectionately in my brothers memory,

Ken from KY

Bill M says:

on May 22, 2008 at 1:03 am

Yeah, ouptut has always been my problem. I’m glad there’s guys like Kevin around to help people with their ouptut.

While you’re at it, can you have him start a wikipedia entry on that?

jvallee says:

on May 22, 2008 at 8:50 am

The Image of Raven put me in the monment great shot I can almost smell the flowers.


KRamon says:

on May 22, 2008 at 4:38 pm

You sure this ain’t David Hobby’s brother?

…sure looks like him!


David Hobby says:

on May 22, 2008 at 9:41 pm

That’s kind of a mean thing to say about a guy…


Jeff Snyder says:

on November 8, 2008 at 12:56 pm

And I thought Kevin was then appointed driver of the staff van during DLWS…he did a great job in Killington a few weeks ago…It was a pleasure meeting & working with Kevin in VT, and I hope to see you all soon!

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