Tuesday, September 30, 2008

If it comes from him...

James Nachtwey is one of my all time favorite photojournalist and he stands for everything that a journalist should. Him and TED will be breaking a huge story on Oct. 3. Anything he touches is gold and will, I'm sure, provoke some sort of deep emotion in all of us. James has been working on this for about 2 years now. Help spread the word for his story. You will not be let down.

This will become the link to the story on the 3rd.

Monday, September 29, 2008

September Oktoberfest?

Saturday I went up to Kansas City with a new friend Brennan to cover the Oktoberfest. I will give a link to his story once it is published in the Weekend section in The Chart Friday. It was a pretty cool event. My witting wont do it justice.

I also got my new lens. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II. Very fun piece of glass. I had to sell my 70-200 for it but well worth it. Part of it was a birthday present. (Thank you, I love it). I said a few posts back that I wanted to shoot all wide photos for a while and this is defiantly the right tool for the job. I'm not going to lie I do miss the big guy but this one is keeping me on my toes. I want to shoot a few more fun non-assignment photo and post those.

*This would be the Mayor of Kansas City tapping the keg

*When in Rome do as the Romans

*Brennan with the oldest recorder ever. (solid interview)

Friday, September 26, 2008

CDA for a day

Going home for just the one day was great. I would have loved to stay longer but it was just enough to keep me going and not missing it that much. Nick Smoot hooked me up with the worlds best drink. Not even making that up. Shot a great wedding with Brady Campell. I'm not a huge wedding guy but I love to shoot with him because he just sets me loose and shoot what I see. I get to keep it real photo-j style. One thing I do like about weddings is that the couple are so happy together. Its nice to see. I have never shot a wedding where the couple have split either. Keep that in mind if you are looking to tie any knots in the near future.

In my head there is a list of guys you need to know and I got to hang out with most of them this past weekend.
1. My Father
2. Nick Smoot
3. Brady
4. Nik
5. Josh
6. Tim
Thanks for making it a good trip.

(I said guys but women have their own list)
1. MOM (thank you too)

When driving home I had to shoot a picture of the spot I ran out of gas.



Saturday, September 20, 2008


How much longer till the drink cart will reach me? I just finished my bag of peanut butter chex mix and feels as if im making concrete in my mouth.

Im on my way back to CDA, Idaho for the weekend to help Brady Campbell shoot a wedding. Just a very quick trip but I think it will be just the right length to see whom I need to see and do what I need to do.

I love the idea of flying halfway across the country to do what I love. Love it. Im hoping that its not the last time I will have to fly to a shoot.

I talked with a friend from Houston, TX the other day. Had to make sure Ike didn’t get her. We were talking about the elections and then it lead into a chat about what kind of affect the "media" has on the public.

In my world the media has no affect on what the public thinks. People get the mass media and Hollywood, social influences, stereotypes all mixed up. I guess I get defensive about this subject because they aren’t all the same. (Just got my drink) The media is the news organizations. They all do there best to deliver you the most un-bias facts about a situation then its up to you to make up your mind about the information that you just received. Our job is to keep you up to date and to keep people accountable for their actions. We aren't the ones that give America the image of the perfect women. We don't tell what is becoming more acceptable in society. We give the facts.

Maybe that was a dumb rant.

I must tell the story about driving home from dropping Charlotte off in Tulsa on Tue. So im driving all slow like, just as I always do in the wagon when the gas light came on. Trust me, im no stranger to the gaslight. I know that I have about 50 miles or so till she is bone dry. So I figure I should start looking for one and as I drive past the worlds largest McDonalds I see the big sign that says "hey last stop 47 miles". Yeah, I missed the exit...

So im driving and I get to the construction zone where the road narrows with barriers on each side. You guessed it... its where I ran out. Its night, I’m out of gas on one of the busier highways in Oklahoma, alone and blocking traffic. I get it pulled off to the side just enough for the traffic to get around me. Long story but I’m there for about 45 mines and even when I did get the gas it wouldn't start.

The semi trucks had to scrape their wheels on the Jersey barrier to not hit me when they went past. So finally the state patrol car came along and pushed me for the next two miles to where the construction ended. He pushed me at what felt like 90 mph and sling shot me off about 7 or 8 times. Had there been an oversized load I would have made the worlds first convertible wagon. It would not have been good. Well it wasn't good anyways but someone up stairs was looking out for me that night.

1. Keep way to much gas in your car at all times.
2. Don’t live in the Midwest and that wont happen.
3. There is a God.

Thanks for reading.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wet one.

I hate this whole post once a week thing. Its just not working for me. I had a record day on Sept. 8, with 25 hits in one day. Kind of a big deal to me. I would hope that I continue to get more and more.

If you would like to read a very good in-depth story about the Tony Bennett concert then visit Colby's blog.

Charlotte has been in town, hanging out with me for a few days now. There must be some dedication there to leave Portland to come to Joplin. I have shown her how much it can rain here.

Hurricane Ike rolled though town last night. Lucky me, I was field side for 5 hours during the all famous Miners Bowl, the battle between MSSU (me) and Pitt State. This would be the 14th year in a row losing this game. 14-14 with 23 sec. left and touchdown... them. Here are a few of the photos of the game.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Mr. Benett

One of the biggest parts of me wanting to become a photographer was the benefits with the job. This weekend I had passes to shoot the Tony Bennett concert in Oklahoma. He is a little older then I am (born in 21) but a very talented man. If he should come your way I would say a definite must see. Here are a few photos form the show.