The essence of competitiveness is liberated when we make people believe that what they think and do is important – and then get out of their way while they do it.
– Jack Welch

“Jack” – Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/60 sec at f/8, 95 mm

“Ava” – Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec at f/8, 135 mm


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Alone With The Moon

The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.
― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/200 sec. at f/5.3, 105 mm


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A Sense of Pride

You can’t give people pride, but you can provide the kind of understanding that makes people look to their inner strengths and find their own sense of pride.
– Charleszetta Waddles

Today’s post features a few more photos from this past weekend’s Utah Pride festival and parade. I had a good time stopping perfect strangers and asking if I could take their photos. It was a great opportunity to meet some interesting people, do a bit of networking and capture some fun shots from impromptu models.

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/320 sec. at f/2.2, 85 mm, (Richard designed and made his awesome skeleton outfit)

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/160 sec. at f/18, 120 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/200 sec. at f/7.1, 35 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/160 sec. at f/18, 60 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/200 sec. at f/4.5, 32 mm

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On Crimson Wing

Ruin seize thee, ruthless King!
Confusion on thy banners wait;
Though fanned by Conquest’s crimson wing,
They mock the air with idle state.

– Thomas Gray (English Poet, 1716 – 1771)

Nikon D300, ISO 400, 1/250 sec at f/11, 50 mm


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Memorial Day Remembrance

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day in which we honor those who have died fighting for the freedoms our country enjoys. Before the barbecue and the beer and the parties, before heading out to the movies or the sales, those in the US should pause to remember how it is they are able to do those things. Say “thank you” to a veteran.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec at f/14, 50 mm

The figures in today’s photograph were found as-is and photographed at the base of the children’s memorial “Christmas Box” angel statue in Salt Lake Cemetery.


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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.”

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Let Them Eat Cakes

Jordan Moran is an enterprising and talented young entrepreneur. Just a few months away from graduating from The Art Institute of Salt Lake City’s culinary school, he has already acquired a storefront for channeling his passion. The cakes Jordan creates at Bayshore Cakes are beautiful and original works of art that taste as amazing as they look. Being customer focused, his commitment to satisfying the visions of his clients accounts for the majority of his business coming from word-of-mouth referrals. And business is growing.

I had the pleasure of spending some time watching and photographing Jordan at work on Friday. Not only was it educational – I had no idea what went into creating an intricate 5-tiered wedding cake – it was inspiring to observe someone less than half my age working with such dedication to realize his dream one satisfied customer at a time.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/60 sec at f/2.5, Nikon SB-700 flash with modified Gary Fong Lightsphere

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/60 sec at f/7.1, SB-700 flash with modified Gary Fong Lightsphere

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/60 sec at f/7.1, SB-700 flash with modified Gary Fong Lightsphere (Doug is really nuts about his dog, the reason for the bones that were requested to adorn each side of the cake.)

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/60 sec at f/11, SB-700 flash with modified Gary Fong Lightsphere


Stop by tomorrow for a look at photos from my visit with bagpiper Louis Bartlett following his performance at the Midvale Senior Center and the last installment in my week of people-focused blog posts.

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Weaving A Tale Of Patience

I’ve never been able to master patience. For me, “waiting patiently” typically amounts to an exercise in finding ways to avoid spontaneous internal combustion. Sudoku is a good remedy, as can be reading or getting lost in a song.

At the Salt Lake City Living Traditions Festival this past weekend, watching this young woman weave intricate patterns into a length of cloth – one fine row of thread at a time – made me impatient. She was so “in the zone” that I’m pretty sure she had lost track of where she was and how long she’d been there. This, to me, seemed a merciful condition.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/50 sec at f/3.2, 50mm, SB-700 fill flash


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My 100th Post: A Beautiful Smile

In March, I started taking this blogging thing seriously and initiated daily posting of a new photo and an all-out effort to build an audience for I Shutter At The Thought! Since then, I have learned so much from my reader’s comments and by following other photography blogs those comments have led me to.

The experience and the education has been extraordinary. I’m always excited to see where my blog visitors come from each day. People viewed yesterday’s post in Australia, the UK, South Africa, the UAE, Norway, Romania, India… How awesome is that? 🙂

I call the photo below A Beautiful Smile. It features a woman in traditional Somali dress whom I encountered at the Salt Lake City “Living Traditions” festival this past weekend. To meet her was to experience her; her smile, warmth and the energy of her character were infectious and amazing.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/100 sec at f/9, 50mm (with Rachel’s crop suggestion in place)

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Coming upon this couple sitting in the park, I knew I wanted to photograph them. They were so comfortable, so sure of themselves and each other – in just a few seconds of interaction, I could tell these two individuals thought with one mind. Their togetherness was as sure as the promise of tomorrow.

When I had finished taking the photo, the gentleman glanced at my Nikon camera and said, with a gleam in his eye, “There. Now you’ve got a little German in your camera.” That being so, I won’t complain if it grows up to be a Hasselblad.


Tomorrow again will shine the sun
And on my sunlit path of earth
Unite us again, as it has done,
And give our bliss another birth…
The spacious beach under wave-blue skies
We’ll reach by descending soft and slow,
And mutely gaze in each other’s eyes,
As over us rapture’s great hush will flow.
– John Henry Mackay

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/100 sec at f/1.8, 50 mm

Mackay’s original German text of the poem follows:


Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen
und auf dem Wege, den ich gehen werde,
wird uns, die Glücklichen sie wieder einen
inmitten dieser sonnenatmenden Erde…
und zu dem Strand, dem weiten, wogenblauen,
werden wir still und langsam niedersteigen,
stumm werden wir uns in die Augen schauen,
und auf uns sinkt des Glückes stummes Schweigen…
– John Henry Mackay


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