Monday, October 5, 2009

Check a few more off.

Fall training with ROTC from The Arbiter on Vimeo.

Last weekend Andrew Ford and myself went with Boise State's ROTC program to cover their fall training. It was a two day camp out in Idaho City so we just went ahead and flew the blackhawks out there to save some time. For those of you that follow the blog might remember the "List of things for 2009" (HERE)

I will do a full recap at the end of the year for progress but this weekend knocked two out. Multimedia and a helicopter ride. It was a good trip but I also worked my butt off keeping up with these guys.

This is my blog so I can say what I want but there were a few things said that pissed me off a bit and reminded me why I'm not in the service.

This comes at day two at about 6am from one of the colonels.
"Bet you would love a latte right now"
"Eh... coffee yes but not a latte"
"Weird...I would have thought you were a latte boy"
"Why is that?"
"Well I mean you have purple polo glasses on"
"Nope just black coffee for me"
This is a 50 year old man telling me this. Next up we have another 50 something colonel with the punch line. One guy throws a paintball at me and it just bounced off so I pick it back up and throw it at him. Camera in hand and I miss. This tuff guy proceeds to say "Must not have played much ball with your dad growing up... ha?"

Who the hell are you to critique how good of a father he has been. I wouldn't have been raised any different then I was. My Dad was more then willing to drive me all over the country to race bikes and I got pretty good at it. So if you think throwing a ball is how you measure being there for your son then he fails but If you look at everything that man has done for me... he is twice the man then yourself. He has taught me so many lessons and let me figure plenty out on my own. Gave me tools to succeed in life. I don't know what kind of relationship you might have with your son/kids and nor do I care for the same reason you should stay out of my business.

There. I feel better about that now.

I do want to give a big thanks to everyone that did help during that training. I met some great people that will and have done great things for our country and I am very thankful of that.

Here are some photos from the weekend. I put some in that video but I still like to just have a photo to look at. Packs a punch.

And a strong closing shot. Self port in the chopper


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sept 13 for lack of a better name.

Looks to be like a post about music. The first two are from a shoot that I did for The Inland.

Story (HERE)

I love the color of the hat, the shirt and the wall. It just came together for this one. The second photo shows where my light was coming from. These ones didn't run but I was still sold on them.

MJ died and someone in Spokane did this.
Here are a few photos from a band that my friends are in together. I lived with the back three guys for a bit. They are all great guys and heck they can even make some good tunes.

Listen to them (HERE)

It's what I used to write this blog post. I wish I had some behind the scenes photos because this was a very low budget. Thanks to my Dad and Nik for being my light stands. I will post the photos from their practice that I shot. They had a real nice raw feel to them. Just the way photos should be.

Music that I can not stop listening to:
Andrew Bird
Kate Nash
Avett Brothers.

BEST THING EVER. even brings a tear to the eye and I'm even an only child. Careful.
(HERE) for high quality. I just saw these boys a few weeks ago.

I have some big stuff going on in my world and I feel like I could use some away time but that never gets anything done. Power through it I guess. In due time it all works out. I want to be done with school and go to work. Here I come TIME.


Friday, August 28, 2009

What the Heck.

I said I was never going to start a post off like this but I feel like I have let you (readers) down. Its been like 5 weeks. For one year I hadn't gone longer then 2 weeks between post and I failed. I shot more then I ever have this summer and I couldn't get you one darn post. Lame on my part. I would even be willing to say WAY lame on my part.

I'll get all caught back up and get some content rolling through here. Lets see...

-I moved to Boise for school.
-Had a great time with the internship this summer at The Inlander.
-Bought (more to come)
-Didn't go on one trip this whole summer.
-Miss CDA and MO (LOTS)
-Haven't driven a car in 2 weeks

Its hard to leave a place you love. I like it here in Boise but its still not the dream place. Miss drip with Josh and beers with Bill. Miss capturing with Campbell and insight with Inlander.

The bed in the basement even sounds good.

Ill do some more photo posts real soon but I had to get something out there just to blow the dust off this thing. The photo that I did post on here was for a triathlon preview story, shot for The Inlander. Ironman for you CDA people.

Love you all and Stick with me.


Friday, July 17, 2009


This might have some similarities to my post about Wendy's a few months ago. Side note: I have gone back and I don't know if they got the memo or not but you better believe I get all the free honey mustard I want.

Down to business. I love to shop local. At any opportunity I will choose local over corporate. You just get better customer service and you keep your money local. Or do you? There is only one small camera store in Coeur d'Alene and what do you know, I like cameras. Sounds like a perfect fit for me to shop at this place. WRONG. Link (here)

I love the shop. Great feel to it and they have a little bit of everything. The owner (Dan) is a great guy and always full of info. Mike is the man and can answer any question with some humor thrown in there also but the problem shows itself when i have to deal with Chic. I bet I have gone into Camera Corral 20-30 times in my years here and he has talked down to me every time. I'm in there to get help or ask about something so HELP ME.

So I go in there today to ask for some info on the different types of film and the characteristics of each kind. I must have woke him or interrupted his solitaire game but he wouldnt leave the computer for the life of him. I have a pocket full of money and I wanted to give it to you if you could tell me something about this film. All I got was "that one is black and white." Ummm no kidding I can read it. How about things like "geee Glenn, this one has great skin tones and is a great one for shooting in the summer." Thats all I want to know and from the looks of their website I was talking to the right guy.

Stuff like that kills me. Here is another gem: I went in another time and asked some question about flashes. "What the hell do you need flashes for? You just need to know how to use natural light." Maybe we should ask flash master, Joe McNally why he uses them. Just read (here) if you need reassurance about his credibility. Here is a post he did last week on his blog

He used 347 flashes on this one. What if Joe walked into Camera Corral and had asked about a flash and got that answer he gave me? Might cost him right around $173,500. I have 3 and they run $500 a piece and after this conversation with Chic I took all that money elsewhere. We all get it you are a GREAT photographer but thats not your job. SELL ME GEAR and today all you had to do was sell me a $3.50 roll of film. I dont think I'm the best by any means but I know my way around a camera and the industry for that matter so I don't want to and wont be treated like some punk kid. One sour grape can ruin a whole barrel.



My other life.

First off I have to say that the guy next to me at the coffee shop (java) seems like he is about to punch his computer. I dont think I have ever seen someone work so hard at computing. Now on to my post. On Tuesday I went with Brady over to Spokane for a model shoot with some other photographers. I would say 7 photogs and 8 or so models and everyone just rotated around. This was not my normal gig. For those of you that know me wouldnt think i would be there shooting. I was a nice change of pace and I had a good time. I treated it as an assignment and shot it more photo-j style then fashion. I was more the assistant for Brady but did my fair share of shooting. Here are some of our images from the day. I have so many photos that i need to get up here also. I dont know what my photo count is for the summer so far but it has to be up around 2000 or so. Still feels like photography is the place to be and I'm sure not getting board of it. Hope that never happens.


Monday, July 6, 2009


You would think that the more you shoot the more you will post. Not so much in my case. I would say that I have never shot so much in one month and look here... no new photos. Working with The Inlander this summer has been great. I need an assignment to do my best work and before I got on with them I was a little worried that I wouldnt shoot to much personal work this summer but I'm staying plenty busy. I dont have time to post all the photos this morning but I'm working them up and the next few will be loaded with them. Hang in there a few days and check back. It will get better.

On another note:

Make me an offer I can not refuse.


Sunday, June 21, 2009


About a month ago Nik got a real small video camera (Kodak ZX1) and we have brought that thing everywhere. It is the perfect little camera to bring around and shoot just life. The best camera is the one with you. We have been riding lots the last few weeks and filming a bit. By the end of the summer we would like to have a decent length little film summing up the summer and riding in North Idaho. I want to shoot more of these photos also. Something that shows North Idaho and what we do here. Keep your eyes open for more of this stuff to come.

Here is just a look at it. Nik put this together and has a fun little feel to it. Neither one of us are video gods by any means but something we should learn. Let me know what you think.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Part Two.

Portait of Larissa Cross with some nice window light. I like the tones in this one. Maybe just a little hot on the right cheek. Great girl even if she voted for Obama. Follow her blog (HERE)
Black and white rain photo can only be for one person. I have a real cool idea for my next BW rain photo. Stay tuned.
My favorite photo of the whole roll. Nathan Carter was on the newspaper with me in MO. Real neat guy and this photo is perfect for him.
This one packs a punch also. We have T.R. and Lexi here. Shot at our newspaper softball/bbq day. Advisor and the Editor and Chief. Thank you for everything. They are the reason I came out there and did lots for all of us.
I cant for the life of me shoot bands or ball sports. Just not my thing. Someday I will figure it out but for now... not my thing. If you know these boys then you can just hear "Wagon Wheel" playing when you look at this photo. This band is no more but they sure know how to play. Frontman Zack is one of the most legit guys ever. Good luck in Zion.

Thank you everyone in these photos from this roll. Some real good memories with all of you.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


I have to come up with a better way to start posts. This one was about to start the same as all the others. The roll of film I just got developed took forever to shoot. I don't know what the deal was but it it was the longest 15 frames ever. There are a few from Chicago and the rest from this spring in Joplin. The film was 400 iso tri-x. I dont know if its my favorite. The camera shop in Joplin only had that for black and white but a few shots it gave me some different effects. Almost and inferred feel. I'm going back to 100 t-max. Now that is film from God himself. I dont know If you guys like the small write up about each photo so maybe some feedback would help me out.
Real cool Jewish diner downtown Chicago. This was also featured in the cake and soup video. A bit expensive but a fun place.
Skyline. This city had plenty of tall buildings. The big park gave it a great break form all the business bustle.
Colby, I'm sorry for this photo but I love it. That bean and your head go together perfectly. The look on his face is priceless.
Had to have some deep dish. "When in Rome," you get the point. One slice is a full meal and a sure bet on a belly ache.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Great North.

It has been just about two weeks since my move back to Idaho. Sure feels good to be back but I'm missing things already. I don't know what happen to me over the last few months but I have just been called to be outside and soak up some Mother Nature. Sure we have big mountains in Idaho but every place has its own unique geography.

I don't think I need to become like this:

But I feel more pull day by day to do more things in my life. This is bar none THE BEST MOVIE EVER and its a true story. Anyway, I'm on a nature bender and what better place to do it then North Idaho. You sure can take it for granted when you don't have all this at your finger tips. Here are a few shots I have gathered over the last few days.

My father and I went fishing last night on Hayden Lake. This was one of the closing shots as the sun was going down. This lure (red devil lucky pants) caught 50-60 fish that afternoon. Don't ask about the name... I don't know what it means either.
This would be one of the better Bass we caught that night. Had a great time out on the lake with my dad. Life seems to sure slow down out there. No cell phone and that helps.
I have to give Nik some credit for holding the wheel for me on this shot. This was driving up Highway 95 with the Salmon River off to the left. Feels like I drove a million miles over the past few weeks but when it looks like this you don't mind all that much.

Shut off your cell phone this weekend for a few hours and soak up some Mother Nature around you. You are missing out.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Dear Missouri

Just right. That’s how I would sum up my time here.

Let me give you a little background. March of 2008 I got to talking with my friend Andrew, fellow editor at The Sentinel, about maybe it was time for something new. We were both on our second year at a two-year school with no graduation in the near future. Many stay and finish, then go on to a university but not us. Kind of a dumb choice but we went for it. Nils, the advisor for the newspaper at North Idaho College, hooked us up with some contacts here in Missouri. There has been a long line of transfers between the schools and we would soon be part of that trend. We were both offered full tuition scholarships to come to MSSU (Missouri Southern State University) to work on the newspaper. I would come in as Director of Photography and Andrew would be the News Editor.

In April we came to check it out. You know, get a feel for it. Peep the stats as some would say. We flew into Tulsa. FLATTEST PLACE IN THE WORLD. It was kind of a shock for a kid that grew up in North Idaho. It wasn’t love at first sight but I figured that I could live here for a few years. It was worth it due to the deal on school.

So come July I would pack it all up. I put my life in a wagon and headed east. We had a real great bbq the night before we left. I don’t know if that made it harder or put myself at ease about it all. I don’t know how many people showed up but there were the best of the best there. It felt like everyone from over the years stopped in. If you are reading this and you live in North Idaho and you didn’t come… I shall remember that. Just kidding… kind of.

One of the first struggles that I had was the feeling of community. I had just come from living in a town that was centered on the local downtown scene. Most days I didn’t even need my phone to plan a hang out with friends. I knew where they were and they knew where I was going to be. The longer I was here the better this got. Once school started I met Colby Williams. Was it one of the best things to happen to me out there? For sure. The guy was genuine and there for you. Colby also was friends with everyone in town and put me right in the middle of one of the best groups of people. I cant name everyone but you know who you are. A big thank you to everyone that leaned my name. I think that if we were on a name-to-name level then you made a big impact.

Nothing against people back home or any place else I have been but the Midwest crowd are the nicest people I have ever come across. I wouldn’t call it “southern hospitality” but it has somewhat of that feel. They will just take you under their wing and show you the time of your life. I felt like I have done it all out here.

Rundown: (not the kind Charles wanted from Jim) The Office joke

Southern rock

Turned 21

Made this town home

Kansas City

St. Louis


Clover coffee


1000's of friends

Broke down on a highway





Weather and I mean weather

Good talks with bright people

Grew facial hair


Tony Bennett


Good grades

Good and bad roommate times

Football games


Freelanced for the city paper here


Most of all, I learned more about Glenn Landberg. I don’t think that I’m a different person now but I found out what is most important to me. I was pushed. New place, no friends, no family and I made it. I love knowing that I can pack up and move anywhere I want and make it. I can start a new life in a new place. I’m sure I left plenty of stuff of that list but you get the point and you read the blog, so you have a pretty good idea of my world out here.

Well Missouri… we had our ups and downs. I wouldn’t take this back for anything and yet I think its time to turn the page. It’s on to the next chapter in the book. I wont forget you or anyone in this state or the times we had. I’m sad that I am about to leave. Real sad. I think its safe to say, “I LOVE MISSOURI.”

I’ll miss you.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

One step closer.

About a month ago I was on craigslist just looking around and came across a listing for summer interns at The Inlander. Its a paper for the inland northwest area and is a free paper. They cover lots of outdoorsy events, food, music and festivals. My favorite local publication by far. I went ahead and sent in my cover letter and resume along with a link to my portfolio. Guess what... I got an email back saying that I didn't get the position because it has already been filled. I was bummed but nothing I could do. Wrong. Sometimes sitting around pays off. A few weeks had gone by and then I got a call from a random 509 number. They had called to see if I was still interested and when I could come by to get my first trial assignment. I'm real pumped about this and it should be good real world experience in the journalism world.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Hang it up.

Selling a print in a gallery was something that was on my list of things to do in 2009.(HERE)

At the time I knew no one that owned a gallery or anything about them. I just figured that my photos were destined for newsprint, then died. A few of my favorites might make it to the blog but for the most part the sit on these hard drives in front of me. But I shoot so that I can stay up all night and look at 1000's of photos from all over the place with a cluster of people. That might be one of my favorite things to do. Just to get lost in summers past.

Lets start you out with this.

It was an act of God but there I was, just sitting at home one Sunday night about three or four weeks ago when something in me said "Go to Starbuck." so I got in the car and went. I sat down with my coffee and in walks Jeff Youngblood. This is a guy I met once or twice but didn't really know him. He walked up to me and said, "Your a photographer, right?"

So we got to talking and he was starting a gallery in downtown Joplin and wanted to have me be one of the artists in the opening show. Remembering back to my list, I said yes.

It is a show of four photographers. The whole process has been real fun, trying to figure out what photos to pick, getting them printed and now they are at the frame shop. I would like to show you the pictures that made the cut but I don't want to spoil the show for the locals. I will take lots of photos of the opening for those of you that cant make it. It will be a stop on the "art walk" here in Joplin and is expected to have well over 400 people roll through opening night.

I would love to see you all out there. I'm real happy about this and it feels like I'm moving in the right direction. Keep things clicking in life. Take the blinders off and who knows there you will end up.


Friday, May 8, 2009


I wish I could call it a tornado but I don't think I can. At 7:15 or so I woke up with some crazy wind whippin at the house. Everyone here talks about green skies when there is a tornado and it was plenty green this morning. I ran downstairs and andrew woke up also. So we just sat in the living room watching outside. At about 8:30 we lost power and by 9 the tornado sirens started sounding. We figured that our house may not be the best shape for a "nado" so we headed to the neighbors. Knock knock..... knock knock.... nothing so run to the other neighbors. Same story there. So we just sat in our place, keeping fingers crossed. Wind got up over 85 mph and with wind and hail, tons of windows broke. Not in our place but all over town.

Link to the local newspaper. (HERE) They have done a good job with covering it.

All of these photos were taken within 2 blocks of my house.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

50 Posts

Just a little over 8 months and we arrive at post number 50. It hasn't been the most exciting 8 months of reading I'm sure but I have done my best to keep all the readers around. Thank you everyone that has been to the blog and I would hope that you keep coming back. The blog has had much more traffic and success.

I have had views from 16 different countries.

37 of the 50 states also. I would love to get all 50 so if you know someone in any of those states, send them a link.

This is a photo that I shot a few days ago at the MSSU spring football game. Those of you that know me, know that i have a problem (aka don't know how) to shoot sports. So when I go to a game this is what I come back with. I'm a big fan of good lines in a photo and these gentleman set it up just right for me. There was one more ref there but I hid him behind the middle guy. It just got too busy and he wasn't fitting in the spot to the left. Anyway, I'm a fan of this photo.

One more thing. Ron Paul is the man. Yesterday I was thinking about the Swine Flu. Is this something I should worry about? When do I get a mask? Someone in Kansas has it, so its in my backyard. I was making my nightly rounds to a few favorite websites and Ron Paul posted this bad boy.
There, now we can all sleep tonight. Wash your hands and don't go to Mexico.

Comment. I would love to talk.