This capture was made at a local cemetery. I had the idea of making a photo with ‘spirit-like’ bodies and figured that this would be as good a setting as any. My daughters always seem to be up for my experimental photos and happily joined me on the nighttime photo excursion (as did Michelle).
Technical Note: The transparency of the ‘angels’ was completely done in camera using a 30 second exposure. I had the girls pose extremely still for the first 10 seconds of the exposure, then quickly exit the frame while the camera continued with the remaining 20 seconds. The diffusion was added in post-processing.
I have recently started a group on Flickr for my contacts to share and comment on each other’s photographs. In the short time that the group has existed, I have been simply amazed at the astounding quality of the work. The Internet has created a venue for amateur photographers from around the world to be able to share their captures. Photos that used to be destined for a life of living in a shoebox and being shown to visitors in albums now can be displayed worldwide immediately.
If you would like to see some of these fantastic photos, take a moment and follow this link to the Flickr group: LeggNet’s Contacts
A couple of months ago I was doing my daily work routine when I checked my Blackberry to find an interesting email from a Salt Lake City advertising agency. The firm was working on an advertising campaign for the new Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse that was preparing to open in Salt Lake City.
The purpose of the email was to see if I would be interested in allowing one of my photos to be purchased for use on promotional buttons. After a bit of negotiating via email we agreed on the terms. I faxed over a photo release and had a check in my hands within a week. Cool!
This week (as I was again, doing the work thing) I received another email from my contact at the agency asking if I would like to have one of the promotional buttons they made with my photo. Doubly Cool!
Today’s featured capture is a photo of that button. Yeah, I know, rather vain :)
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Today is the iPod’s 5th birthday. It’s hard to believe that in just five short years the iPod has become such an icon for portable media. When the iPod was introduced, many tech forums were filled with comments from Apple fans lamenting the introduction of the device. Here is one such comment that was posted on the Mac Rumors forum on 10/23/2001:
“I still can’t believe this! All this hype for something so ridiculous! Who cares about an MP3 player? I want something new! I want them to think differently! Why oh why would they do this?! It’s so wrong! It’s so stupid!”
and here’s another:
“I’d call it the Cube 2.0 as it wont sell, and be killed off in a short time…and it’s not really functional.”
Wow, they were wrong. According to Apple’s most recent sales numbers, they have sold over 67,000,000 units to date. With five successful years behind it, will the iPod continue to be successful or will new competitors such as Microsoft’s Zune be able to bite into this Apple? Either way, it has been an exciting five years. Happy Birthday iPod!
This young lady was claiming victory over the feeling of being held hostage by her own weight. She asked a few friends to witness a small ceremony in which she destroyed her bathroom scale. The symbolic act was quite moving.