Before I begin my post I would very much like to thank Scott Kelby for allowing me both the honor and privilege to write this blog entry on the one-year anniversary of “Guest Blog Wednesday.” All I can say is it was a lot easier writing the first guest blog entry a year ago. With all of the amazing words and thoughts that have been written here by some of the greatest creative voices of our time, to do this again is a wee bit intimidating.
....the man who came up with the whole Guest Blog idea himself, the one and only Vincent Versace. That's right---it was one year ago this week that Vinny convinced me to switch from "No Blog Wednesday" to "Special Guest Blog Wednesday" and I still haven't stopped thanking him. It was a brilliant idea which has brought so many wonderful ideas, images, inspiration, and techniques to my readers, and I am truly indebted to them, and to Vincent for seeing the potential of what it could be. It's such an honor to have Vinny back here tomorrow as we celebrate the 1 year guest blog anniversary and there's truly no more fitting person to feature on this day (by the way; I read Vinny's post last night---you MUST come back tomorrow and give it a read. Amazing!).
The Coming Revolution
I believe we’re at a turning point in the way we, as an industry, approach our craft. Thanks to the internet, information moves faster and faster, filling our brains to bustin’ with everything any of us could ever hope to know about off-camera flash, HDR techniques, hyperfocal distances, and the effect of aperture shape on bokeh. We have learned more and more, and if we have not it’s not for lack of information. And at the end of day we’re still hungry; full up on HOW and still wondering WHY.
My first book came out on Monday. After writing it and spinning much of it around the idea that WHY always drives HOW, I am more convinced than ever that we are about to reach critical mass with the the HOW, and that we’re slowly turning, collectively, to see the vaccum that has formed while we weren’t paying attention. That vaccum is passion, vision, and the reason we picked up cameras to begin with – the need to express ourselves. To use a metaphor; it’s as though we’re reaching the pinnacle of typewriter technology and have awoken to find that what we’re really passionate about is the stories, the poems, and the words themselves rather than the keys and ribbons.
....an amazing photographer, teacher, and now published author....David duChemin. You've heard me talk about David's captivating work a dozen times here on the blog, and it's such an honor to have him here as my guest blogger tomorrow (it's particularly cool because I'm in the middle of reading his brand new book, "Within the Frame" right now, and as expected---it's awesome!). In the meantime, I encourage you to go and spend a couple of minutes looking at David's amazing portfolio (here's the link) and check out his personal blog: Pixelated Image. You'll love it! (Don't forget to check back here tomorrow for his guest blog).
New Adventures in Photography
In 2000 I was a software developer living in Tucson, Arizona. I had been rock climbing for seven years, and taking pictures of my adventures. I was totally psyched on Galen Rowell’s Art of Adventure Photography. I too wanted to share my passion for the great outdoors – not just how it looked, but how I felt about it and how I thought about it. Simple ideas like this make a young person reckless. I quit my job to “go pro.” This was a hilarious idea by the way – I didn’t actually stop doing software work on the side for another six years.
My first publication was a 2-page spread in Outside Magazine. Climbing in the remote Whetstone Mountains of Southern Arizona, I made a photograph of my hand reaching out into a cave from 40 feet up, clipping my lead rope to the next protection point, depicting the first-person view of what it’s like “on the sharp end” of the lead-rope.
I was hanging from a rope to get this shot of course, not actually climbing. After climbing the line once before, I thought about the idea for a photograph. I went back up with the camera (a Nikon F100) and spent some time getting myself in position for the shot. I contorted myself Superman-style to hold the rope with one hand, shoot with the other, and keep my feet and gear out of the frame. That’s the way a lot of my “adventures” actually went. Out playing somewhere, I would get an idea, marinate on it for a while, and then come back later to create a photograph.
.....I was introduced to when he and I both wound up being the featured photographers in the same issue of Nikon World magazine, it's Atlanta-based editorial and commercial photographer, Andrew Kornylak. He's got some amazing images---and before you read his post tomorrow, make sure you check out his Action photography portfolio at his Web site (click here). Make sure you check back tomorrow to see what Andrew has in store for us. :)