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  • Monthly Archives November 2011

    I've been saying all year that Matt Kloskowski's book, "Photoshop Compositing Secrets" (link) is the best Photoshop book of the year, but Amazon.com's Editor's thought it was even better than that, naming it one of their Best Books of 2011  for the entire Arts & Photography category (link). How cool is that!!! Congrats to Matt for truly hitting one out of the park (and for also being one of their picks in their Top-10 Kindle Books for 2011, too!). Matt, we are all so proud of you!!! What an amazing year you are having and it couldn't happen to a more genuine, hard-working, and fun guy who does all of this for all the right reasons. Congrats!!!  

    Today is Veterans Day in the US, and I wanted to take a moment to honor and thank the men and women who have served in our country’s military, and who fought to defend the very freedoms we enjoy today. America owes you a debt of gratitude for your service and sacrifice, and I just wanted to join in with a heartfelt thanks.

    Brad Moore here with the latest news. Here we go: Jeremy Cowart's LifeFinder Tour Jeremy Cowart is hitting the road for a few weeks, bringing his LifeFinder seminar to a city near you. For $179, you'll get an 8-hour day with Jeremy, plus his LifeFinder DVD, and you can bring someone who needs it most! Dates are below, and you can find all the info at JeremyCowart.com/blog 11.28 - Los Angeles 11.30 - Dallas 12.02 - Seattle 12.05 - New York City 12.07 - Chicago 12.13 - Nashville 12.17 - Atlanta Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! Scott is bringing his hugely popular tour to San Francisco on November 14, and Seattle on November 21! Get all the info over at KelbyTraining.com, sign up and come see us! :) KelbyTraining.com Two new classes up on KelbyTraining.com this week! Bill Fortney is back with Close-Up:…

    “What type of photography do you do?” This seems to be the first question most people ask when they discover you are somewhat competent with the camera. I still don’t have a clear answer to this question. However, during a trip to Guatemala two years ago I quickly realized that travel/mission-oriented photography captivated me the most. It was the first time since I started doing photography that I was able to get out of the bubble that is America. Being in such humble, yet beautiful, conditions really showed me the power that this medium possessed.

    Last year I had the chance to visit Haiti about 5 months after the quake. I went there to do make some images for Mission of Hope Haiti. MOH Haiti is an amazing organization that does so much that it’s difficult to know where to begin. For starters, on their grounds alone they have an orphanage, a school, a church, and a prosthetics lab. So many lives have been impacted and even saved by them. The mission is also so well run that they were more equipped than almost anyone else in the nation for the earthquake. In fact, they served more meals to people in the first week than the UN. It’s pretty unreal. To hear the doctors speak about the quake was chilling. They said the first victim arrived within 10 minutes, and that began a 36 hour marathon of emergency surgeries.

    Also, the fact that they had a prosthetic lab was an absolute God send, in every sense of the word. They have a doctor who specializes in prosthetics come almost weekly to serve the people who need artificial limbs. I was allowed to ride along to drop some of the patients off at their homes on one occasion. Here are some images from that:


    The entrance to one of the tent communities that housed a few of the patients


    A sister comes home after getting fitted for a prosthetic


    Several more kind folks


    A man getting fitted back at the mission

    The thing that struck me about the people was their real joy, despite their loss. They were so eager to love and to be hospital. It started to drizzle while I was there and I heard a woman calling to me in Creole. I went over to her and she took my camera and put it in a plastic bag to protect it. This is the heart of the people.

    On another day we were taking a walk through a neighboring village. Because my guide had a good relationship with them, several of the people allowed me to make portraits of them.


    A little girl and her puppy


    A worker who is helping to rebuild


    A kind older gentleman


    One day we took the orphans from the mission to the beach. Here is a little girl experiencing the shore, maybe for the first time

    Something about Haiti that I did not anticipate was the beauty…oh the beauty. We often hear of the poverty or the despair, and while that is a reality for many people there, there is an incredible amount of beauty as well.


    The view from Mission of Hope Haiti

    I thought after yesterday's "Hall of Shame" shots, I'd better post a few that didn't feature shots of the goal post (as epic as those were). This was a late afternoon game, and with the rolling back of Daylight Savings Time, by the time kick-off came around the entire field was already covered in shade, and a hour or so later, it was starting to get dark and I had to crank up the ISO nearly right off the bat. (Above: He just scored---why is he so angry at the ball?). ;-) Finding Out After The Fact It's rare for me to shoot a late-afternoon game. Most of the games I shoot are at 1:15 or at night, so I wasn't used to planning for the light to change to drastically, and I lost a lot of shots due to not watching my ISO…

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