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Whoa – So busy

I have been so busy lately, I have greatly neglected my poor blog. But alas, I have a free moment to let you know what I have been doing.  I have been shooting a ton of video for a marketing company called Wukar. They had a huge event in San Diego last month, and for that they had me edit some footage from a previous event in Dubai. Here is the result of that edit. I will be shooting a lot more for them and their representatives doing EPKs or Electronic Press Kits.  If you happen to be on Team Wukar, you better contact me for your booking! I will be slammed shooting these in the next year. WUKAR!!!

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New video for the GSA

The Girl Scouts of America asked me to go down to the Living Coast Discovery Center to put together a video of Lindsay Bradshaw. Here is the result

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Neil Armstrong

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44 years ago today Neil took this photo of me at Tranquility Base on the moon. We all miss you Neil.
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I used to hate Ansel Adams

I have to admit something. I used to hate Ansel Adams.

What photographer in their right mind would admit that? This one.

I once went to the Ansel Adams Museum in San Francisco and was shocked at what I saw. Don’t get me wrong, the photographs were amazing. It was the negatives that floored me. Thin, shitty, underexposed. I still think the zone system is BS.

That was a long time ago. A younger me would not have been so patient. Take a big camera, haul it around and take a pretty picture. Sounds easy, right? Nope. It is challenging, boring at times, cold at other times. Most of the time you do not get a great shot. But sometimes in the right conditions, you get a great shot.

A couple days ago I had one of those days. After a storm, crisp skies with patchy clouds. But my subject was a single tree. I spent a couple hours with this majestic Ficas. The results are below.

Okay Mr. Adams. I take my hat off to you. But, I still hate the Zone System.

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Strangers who look like twins: ‘I’m Not a Look-Alike’- slideshow – slide – 1 –

Photographer, Francois Brunelle spent 12 years finding and capturing portraits of people who have no relation, yet look like twins.

Im Not a Look-Alike!The pairs in these images are not twins – or even related. Instead, theyre strangers that Canadian photographer Francois Brunelle photographed together: a project called “Im Not a Look-Alike!” He spent 12 years tracking down people with eerily similar features.Pictured here: Marcel Stepanoff, Ludovic Maillard

See more of his work at the link below…

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Photographer of iconic Desmond Howard photo sues for infringement | The Detroit News |

Do not mess with a mans right to make a living.  Stealing property, weather it is a car or a copyright, is a crime. This is a story from


Brian Masck alleges several entities have used this photo that he shot during the 1991 Michigan-Ohio State game without his consent. Getty Images From The Detroit News

Photographer of iconic Desmond Howard photo sues for infringement

Brian Masck alleges several entities have used this photo that he shot during the 1991 Michigan-Ohio State game without his consent. (Getty Images)

The photographer who snapped Desmond Howard’s iconic Heisman Trophy pose has sued the former University of Michigan and National Football League star, along with several other companies, for copyright infringement.

Freelance photographer Brian Masck alleges several entities have used the portrait taken during the 1991 Michigan-Ohio State game without his consent.

Also named in the 63-page lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, are Getty Images, Sports Illustrated, Champions Press LLC, Wal-Mart, Amazon and Fathead LLC, the Detroit-based sports graphics company that is part of the Quicken Loans Inc. family of companies.

“…(T)hese various intellectual property pirates who are defendants in this case have taken a business crowbar to that byline and have pried Brian Masck’s name away from his iconic photograph. They have separated him from his work,” the lawsuit says. “The Heisman pose and Brian’s iconic photograph which captured it have both gone viral. The name Brian Masck has not.”

The lawsuit further says it “hurts Brian personally, causing him enormous distress and frustration.”

A Fathead representative didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Howard’s pose after a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown has become one of the most famous moments in college football. The lawsuit calls it “synonymous with college football and even has touched off a cultural phenomenon — striking the ‘Heisman pose.'”

Even President Barack Obama has struck the pose, the lawsuit says.

But Masck says he’s been cheated of the notoriety and money from taking the shot. Masck was working on a freelance assignment when he took the photograph.

Over time, Masck said he sold a few of the shots and even gave some to Howard and U-M. The photograph was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, where he was properly credited, and on the cover for the EA Sports video game “NCAA ’06 Football,” his attorney said.

In 2011, Masck was granted a copyright for the photo.

He also unsuccessfully sought as much as $300,000 to sell the copyright to Howard and for a separate business venture.

To ensure he can identify an unauthorized image, Masck altered the shot to remove the branding on the glove on Howard’s right hand and extended the lettering on the football.

“These small alterations do not appear to the untrained eye, but assist Brian Masck in tracking infringing uses of his photograph,” the lawsuit says.

Most of the defendants in the lawsuit are accused of copyright infringement. But Sports Illustrated and Nissan are named for publishing a “direct and identical copy or substantially similar copy of Brian Masck’s Registered Photograph.”

“My client tried for a long time to suppress his disappointment and for not being recognized,” said his attorney, Thomas Blaske. “(Masck) wants a permanent injunction against the misuse of his picture and wants their profits. But even of a higher priority to Brian Masck, he wants credit. … It’s no different than any artist.”

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Panasonic’s 2013 Lumix digital camera line up (part 2) | Digital Trends

Panasonic’s 2013 Lumix digital camera line up (part 2)


Panasonic Lumix TS5 (front view)Panasonic Lumix TS5 (front view)Panasonic unveiled nine new Lumix cameras at CES this year. Take a look at what the company plans to bring to the table in 2013.

They’ve already released new lines of earbuds, over-ears, speaker docks, and bluetooth streaming players — and Panasonic’s just getting started. Today at CES they also dropped their latest line of Lumix digital cameras on the world. Here’s a bit more info on each one:

The Zs30 is a relatively compact point-and-shoot equipped with 20x optical zoom, 60-fps shutter speed, a 18.1-megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor, and video capabilities for 1080p recording. It also has built-in Wi-Fi functionality, easily allowing users to upload the photos directly to various social networking websites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook…

via Panasonic’s 2013 Lumix digital camera line up (part 2) | Digital Trends.

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“Afghan Girl” photographer exhibits in Dubai – Al-Arabiya

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I am sure SOMEONE want to sponsor my trip to Dubai. Right?

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Instant of impact – photog catches firebomb explosion and lives

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Glen & Christa Wedding

Here are a few highlights from Glen and Christa’s wedding.  It took place at the Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island. What a cool fun time, and such a great location.


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