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Cameras are everywhere, the most prevalent are in our mobile devices, and the old photography cliche of “being in the right place at the right time” rings true. It has never been easier to take and transmit images from anywhere. I will be the first to admit incessant image taking with my iPhone, such as the rainy commute above. With my roots in photojournalism, this reader-submitted gallery of yesterday’s storm in NYC on the New York Times caught my eye. But with the ease of information transmission and user generated content, so come the pitfalls such as disinformation as TIME was duped by a photo snatched from Twitter showing a tornado near the Statue of Liberty. The surprise to me was that the image was actually real, but had been taken in 1976. It is a good reminder that while photojournalists cannot be everywhere at once on breaking news events, as professionals they can provide true and trusted images.

UPDATE 09.20.10: Not directly a photography related bit, but an interesting timeline about the prematurely reported death of NHL coach Pat Burns.


I had a good laugh at this video demonstration, and tried to imagine what assignments I’d need it for… Putting aside real conflict zones and gang wars, some quick ideas come to mind for Soldier of Fortune, Field & Stream, the wilderness in Alaska, an episode of CSI?!? This is tongue in cheek (I hope, I know I’m taking it that way) and the producer of the video is getting what they want — a little viral exposure. Gives a more heightened sense to the phrase I commonly hear (and say), “I shoot people.” Feel free to add your ideas where the gear could have an application in the comments. On a side note: I would love to photograph an editorial assignment for Field & Stream, as they have regularly have great images for cover stories. Enjoy!

Sometimes photography boils down to “the right place at the right time.” Don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer that you can make your own “luck” through planning and preparation, but am the first to admit sometimes you just have to be there. This is a view of Mt. Baker from the Eastside as the fading sun peaked through the clouds… and I was running late to pick up my son from childcare, and my wife from work. I decided to pull over anyway and fired off about five frames and continued on my way, the light lasting less than three minutes. Not my best frame ever, but a great reminder of taking a moment when the moment is upon you.

You can’t say, “but I need to make a fortune instead,” because that’s not happening right now. So you might as well join the people who can say, “I love doing this.”

Another great morsel to chew on from Seth Godin. Just another reminder of how much I love making photographs… One has little to complain about if they love their work. Follow your calling even if it takes time, blood, sweat and tears to make it happen.

“Your industry has been completely and permanently altered by the connections offered by the internet.”  -Seth Godin

A quick clip from today’s post on Seth Godin’s blog… Yes it has, so what are you doing about it as a photographer? What am I doing about it?

“The first time a previously expensive good or service is made free, we’re drawn to it precisely because of the freeness. The fifth time or tenth time, not so much.” from  Seth’s Blog. I find it to be an interesting and useful take on the concept of free in this changing world and economy…

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