August 12, 2012

Summer Series- Bear Lake and chatter

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Here is the Top 5 regrets people have on their death bed
I thought it was interesting that #2 is “I wish I didn’t work so hard.” You probably don’t know this about me but since an early age my life’s mission is to get people (especially those closest to me) to slow down, stop and feel for as second. This is a lesson that the aged have learned when they stop and look back and think how meaningless everything else was.
Every once in a while I have a panic attack that my kids will not be kids some day. I don’t want to be in my 70’s and think “I didn’t spend enough time with them”. Of course they need time to be on their own (I was 16 when I started working out of state with no parents) But stop and think about how much time children spend with teachers, coaches, friends, TV, Video games etc… Go to school, get home, do homework, go to dance or soccer, play with friends, eat sometime, go to bed and do it all over again. Run, run, run all the time!!! When does the parent, the provider, the people who have ultimate responsibility for these children get their turn? Remember, one of the 7 habits of highly effective people was to “sharpen your saw”. I think America in it’s hyperactive state is due for some sharpening.  Slow down. If you are so busy that you are miserable maybe it is time that you try something new. Sound old fashioned? Abnormal? Have you checked the latest stats on what is normal?

Off my soap box:

Bear Lake, Utah with my Mamiya RZ67 film camera (get out of the boring Nikon vs. Canon rut and pick up one of the million other cameras out there) Kodak Portra 400 turned BW. Admittedly, this camera is as large as a couch almost but it is beautiful.

 

August 8, 2012

Neil has still got it!!

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A couple weeks ago I attended my 6th Neil Diamond concert with my wife and her family. Every three years Neil comes to Utah and every three years we make an exodus to Salt Lake to see his greatness. I can’t remember the movie but there is a quote that goes something like, “There are two types of people. Those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t.” I think this is incorrect. I think there are two types of people those who love Neil Diamond and those who haven’t discovered his greatness yet. 🙂

I noticed at the concert that there was a wide variety of Neil fans from young to old, geek to sleek. I am going to be bold and say Neil is one of the best song writers of the last century. Nearly every song he sings he has written unlike many artists today who are spoon fed songs cause they don’t have an original thought. He has written songs like Red Red Wine which UB40 took and became famous with or I’m a Believer which the Monkees used became famous.

Spend a little time with Neil and you too will be able to say “I’m a Believer”!!

Yes, I am serious.


 

 


August 6, 2012

Summer Series: Jack’s Birthday

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When Jack turned 4 we celebrated his birthday in Yellowstone with just our little family. We opened a box of Raspberry Hostess Donuts and put candles in them and that was Jack’s Birthday cake. He has wanted that ever since and hopefully the tradition carries. For Jack’s 6th we spent a half day at the Logan Aquatic Center.

These are ALL film straight out of the camera. You may wonder why I wouldn’t just use instagram or something cheaper like that. I do, all the time! The thought process is totally different though when you have to think about wasting a frame due to thoughtlessness.  The film and developing for this roll costs almost as much as the plastic camera I used to get it. It is about $1.45 every time I pull the trigger so I make sure I nail it.

 

July 19, 2012

A night at the airport

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My flight got bumped coming home from Mexico at the last minute and the next flight was early morning so I made a hotel out of a bench in the San Fran Airport. This happens when you fly stand-by so you have to be prepared. Worst place I have ever slept was on the lawn under the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.. I had to leave abruptly as the sprinklers turned on and move to a bench under the Lincoln Memorial.

I must say, I slept better on this bench in San Fran than I did my entire trip in Mexico.

The following are some of the pics I took in the airport in the middle of the night to kill time.



July 12, 2012

200,000 for the D700

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Last night at Kristy and Dan’s wedding I clicked image number 200,000 on my Nikon D700. What an incredible camera this is!! It is truly an extension of my body. These 200,000 images were made up from somewhere between 80-100 weddings, and nearly 400 photo sessions over the last 2.5-3 years. It has been all over the country and the world with me and has taken a beating but is always reliable. It is hard to imagine the memories it has created that will be in homes and families for generations. In the past two years I have learned that over a dozen people it has photographed are sadly no longer with us.

What a miracle photography is!!

Here is image 200k

June 6, 2012

Make a World of Difference.. help build a school in Kenya

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My good friends Russ and Kindee have spent years building schools in Kenya with much success. I have been thinking about them a lot lately because a few years ago Russ introduced me to somebody who had made some big differences in his life. A mentor of his named Tony Litster. While I have not met Tony personally I have been curious because I noticed some big changes in Russ. Over the years I have been turned off by so called “self help” gurus etc.. but knowing the change Russ had I gave Tony a chance. I received an email a few weeks ago that Tony was giving away some of his products and all the proceeds were going to build a school in Kenya. DUH!! I bought the entire set of products and over the last few weeks have been DEVOURING the content. I can’t tell you how much this stuff is needed. I want to recommend it to everyone.

Well Tony is doing a full day event and it is like $25 and every red cent goes to helping build a school in Kenya. Take some time to check it out here.

 

I stole these pictures from their website 🙂 Thanks Russ!

http://www.makeaworldofdifference.org/

 

March 27, 2012

The rain in Spain

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It is always fun to see a piece of home in unlikely places. We saw this Cristus and the two missionaries at a Lladro shop in Toledo.



 

Just got back from Spain and thought I would jot  down some thoughts. Spain is a beautiful country and I realize we only scratched the surface but it was a great trip nonetheless.

I am sure the people in Spain are great but I really wanted to go their for the food. No disrespect to the Spanish people I just can’t speak Spanish so there wasn’t a whole lot to talk about. The olives are what I was most excited about. That is dorky I know, but I honestly have a love affair with cured foods, in particular olives, cheeses and hams. Spain and Italy have a long history of cured foods dating back over 2000 years ago when the Romans conquered everyone and stole their ideas.  Jamon Serrano is the Spanish cured ham and they are found EVERYWHERE!! If you order a coke at a cafe you often will get a small Jamon sandwich with it without asking. This is a Spanish thing and I loved it.

The Spanish people dress very nice and it was shocking but we counted only 3 people out of thousands that would be considered overweight. This is likely due to their lifestyle of walking daily to get around and eating fresh foods???? Whatever the case it was interesting to see the faces in Spain. I could see Mexico in the faces and South America and it was fascinating.

If you know me well you know that one of my complaints is that we are always in a hurry. We don’t take time to soak things in. I felt almost guilty sitting at an outside table at various cafes for up to two hours. My thoughts are, we need to get out of here so another client can come. I learned that this is the farthest thing from their minds. In fact we had to almost club them over the head to bring a check. It was refreshing and relaxed. Like much of Europe they have a why hurry attitude toward life and that can be bothersome to some tourists but I love it.

My favorite city was Segovia. The Romans came and left their mark in the form of an enormous aquaduct that was incredibly beautiful. We visited a castle and a Jewish district and were fortunate enough to make a friend named Julie who is a Texan living in Spain. She totally hooked us up and changed our trip by giving us the inside scoop on things and showing us some important food places we had not seen.Thanks Julie!!!

No disrespect to our cheese here in America because I love it but I wish we had the variety of cheese found in Europe. Many cheeses from Europe cannot be imported because the FDA is ignorant. There is much debate over this issue. Check out this video with some of the cheeses found in Spain: See video:<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/39214489″ width=”500″ height=”281″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>

Food highlights of Spain: Jamon, Hot chocolate (so thick it was hard to get off the spoon) and churros, pastries, goat cheese salad (impossible to describe but one of the top 3 things I have EVER eaten), seafood Paella, Orange Fanta (so much less sugar than here it is wonderful), Seafood tapas, Spanish olives, Dulces de Montequilla, etc…

Glad to be back! No place like home!

March 8, 2012

Walkabout… Providence

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In my further attempt to enjoy things I have not previously enjoyed, walking has become very interesting to me. It is the medicine my chiropractor prescribed and being one who does not like merely to survive I have embraced it. I am seeing the streets, houses, mailboxes, signs, etc.. from an entirely different vantage point. I once read that in Holland a couple centuries ago windmills were considered eye sores. It wasn’t until a painter painted them as art did the become so recognizable and aesthetically pleasing. With that in mind I brought my camera on a nearly two hour walk through Providence this morning and I will never look at Providence the same.