Gone Fishing

“He liked fishing and seemed to take pride in being able to like such a stupid occupation.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Perhaps Mr. Tolstoy was a bit harsh with his sweeping damnation of fishing in his famous 1873 novel, though perhaps not. It isn’t by any means something I can see myself doing at this stage of my life. I’m typically rather energetic and need to be able to get up and move often. In fact, one of the main reasons I’m able to make it through an hour-long church service is that handshaking, kneeling, standing, page-turning and pretending to sing are all part of the standard SDA liturgy. During many of the years that I found myself wasting away in corporate conference rooms, sitting through pointless meetings called solely for the purpose of validating the chairperson, I constantly wrestled with this problem. It was under those conditions that I learned boredom and mandated non-creativity will greatly exacerbate my condition.

This is one of the reasons I enjoy photography so much: it requires movement. Whether it’s a subtle shift of camera angle, a change in position or interaction with a client, there is movement and there is expression; there is creativity and the excitement and challenges that go hand-in-hand with the creative process.

As an adult, I’ve consistently been a big proponent of efficiency and productivity. I like to think of every click of the shutter as a decision made. I can make more decisions in an hour now than my corporate bureaucracy-laden meeting schedules accomplished over a month. That’s both efficient and productive and makes my OCD demons quite happy.

"Gone Fishing" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/4.0 at 1/640 sec., 85 mm

“Gone Fishing” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/4.0 at 1/640 sec., 85 mm


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When the bagpipe sings…

When you meet Lewis Bartlett, his energy and enthusiasm for life is contagious. You can’t help but find a smile growing on your face as you talk about whatever it is you happen to talk about with Lewis; he just has that type of personality. When you learn Lewis plays the bagpipes – if you know anything about bagpipes – it seems a proper instrument for him: it stands out in a crowd, it’s loud and commanding, and it is an instrument that evokes great feeling crossing a vast range of emotions in its listeners. People tend to either love the bagpipe or hate it – there is no in-between.

Some men there are love not a gaping pig; some, that are mad if they behold a cat; and others, when the bagpipe sings…cannot contain their urine.
– William Shakespeare

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec at f/5, 70 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec at f/5, 70 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec at f/5, 70 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec at f/7.1, 18 mm

A piper with a good instructor learns the following piece of advice – passed down through the ages among pipers – pretty early on:

“When you’re being run out of town, stay just far enough ahead of the crowd to make it look like a parade.”

Call for Pipers: Are you a piper in the Salt Lake City area who would like to model in exchange for photos? Please contact me.


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Autumn and Bailey

I had the opportunity to photograph twins Autumn and Bailey yesterday. A really fun photo from the session came when the two kissed just as I was moving to change my position. I barely had time to react and catch the shot.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/50 sec. at f/13


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Nikon D300, ISO 200, 0.3 s at f/22.0, 50 mm


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