Monthly Archives: January 2013

thedailypic•Yr4•123/365•Show Night

Show Night
January 31, 2013

My kids are my heroes. The stuff they do, they way the act, the people they are, I look up to them, there are times I am even jealous of them. This is one of those times. Danny, my youngest is part of his grade’s chorus and tonight was their winter concert. I have heard about this concert for months.  It was the first thing added to the new 2013 calendar last December, along with the after school rehearsal last week.  The boy (as I refer to him) had practiced, prepared and was ready to go.  So, why am I jealous? It is not because he can sing, trust me – no one wants to hear me do that, it is because even if I could, I would never get on that stage. I was in chorus too in middle school, I used to get in trouble for lip syncing before it was cool, before Beyonce was even born, and I believe I was ‘sick’ the night of the concert. I remember it reflecting poorly in my chorus grade. Now Danny has not questioned the fact that he will be singing in front of a few hundred people.  Not once has he mentioned he is nervous because is one of the only boys or because he is one of the kids that will have a (soloish – part of a trio). He just does it, because he wants to, and for that I am jealous. Great job Danny.


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thedailypic•Yr4•122/365•On Break

On Break
January 30, 2013

It is safe to say I am not a religious man, at least in the traditional sense. I would challenge the word traditional, but that is for a different time. A friend and I were waiting for our flight when a group of airline workers came to the area and appeared to be on break. It was a quiet area, between flights, most of the workers were laughing and chatting, except this man. He split off, sat in an empty row of seats and pulled out a little book. I assumed it was a Bible. It reminded me of one I knew my Grandfather Arthur had, it looked just as appreciated, with the curled pages and bent spine. At first I felt a bit guilty watching, it was a private moment, yet it could not have been a more public place. He would look down to the book, look up, close his eyes and say something, then repeat the same steps over and over a few more times. I could not hear him, I image even if I was sitting right next to him, I would have struggled to hear. I think his lips were just going through the motions of reciting or answering the book as they probably had done many times before.

There was something powerful about the moment, the empty row, the fact you could tell we were in an airport, his vest identifying him as a worker, the tiny book that most of us would recognize as a Bible, I saw the shot before the camera was out of the bag.  My intent was not to be intrusive or rude, just to catch a moment. I shot from the hip, shared it with my fellow traveler, then put the camera away.

I wondered how it was different from me pulling out a photo book or some saved blog posts on my iPad and trying to sneak a read in my hectic day. Now, please do not explain the differences between a photo article and the ‘Good Book’, I am not trying to minimize his beliefs or over inflate photography. I only compare the two because to me, that is my salvation. I spend my free time, my breaks, reading, learning, consuming photography. There have been many times I’ve read an article on white balance or composition, when I already knew the content. Just as I am sure he could have recited the passages he was reading without ever opening his book. Yet that is how he chooses to spend, at least today, his break. We all have our “things” that we spend our quiet time with and no matter who sees us, it is only for us. No matter how public the venue. I can respect that.


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thedailypic•Yr4•121/365•Building Up

Building Up
January 29, 2013

Not much to say, just a pretty interesting building in downtown Greenville, SC. For all my friends back North, this was taken about 5pm tonight when it was 70 degrees outside, hope you all enjoyed your snow and ice.


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thedailypic•Yr4•120/365•Reddy Falls

Reddy Falls
January 28, 2013

Remember when I mentioned my wife usually helps figure out which photo to post when I have more than one to choose from?  Well she is not here, and I have 5 waterfall photos. I went with this one, some more are below. They are all from Falls Park on the Reddy River, right next to my hotel in Greenville SC, beautiful place.




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thedailypic•Yr4•119/365•Brown Furniture Co.

Brown Furniture Co.
January 27, 2013

Hanging out this week in Greenville, SC for work.  Came down early today to drive around and shoot some photos with another photographer friend. Jumped on and off the highway to hit some small towns and back roads. Here is one of our stops in Gaffney. The old buildings are amazing. Each town has its own personality. Spotty wifi is in and out, more photos later.


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thedailypic•Yr4•118/365•Just a Number


Just a Number
January 26, 2013

We celebrated a milestone birthday tonight. My wife’s Aunt, my Daughter’s Godmother, a Grandmother, a Mother, a Teacher and just an incredible woman. I will let you all do the detective work to figure out which birthday it was… no matter the number it was a great time and she deserves an over-the-top celebration each year. Happy Birthday Barbara! I hope you were surprised.


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thedailypic•Yr4•117/365•Mr. Bean (Face)

Mr. Bean (Face)
January 25, 2013

Look, a face on a bean.


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thedailypic•Yr4•116/365•The Kiwi

The Kiwi
January 24, 2013

On to food. I enjoy shooting food, I bought a Kiwi, Peppers, White Onion, and other things that I am not sure what they are but looked cool. Did you know you can buy hemp at Whole Foods, 11.99 a lb. I used the same set up I used for the flower shots the other day. Light-box below, flash from above.  It took a few trys to get the slice of Kiwi thin and even enough to be translucent enough for the light under it.  I also changed out the gels and got some other versions below. I have already been told this will be hanging in the kitchen at my house. More food shots to come over the next couple weeks.



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thedailypic•Yr4•115/365•The Catwoman

The Catwoman
January 23, 2013

As much as I could sit all day and admire my own photos, it is wise to get out now and then and see what other people are up to. This is an awesome piece of work from a friend of mine Dawn Bailey, an incredible local artist. The photo does not give it the justice it deserves, it is her first mixed media piece… more than just paint. There is plaster, paint, glaze, clay, even a  jewelry wire. Check out the close-ups I have added below, I love the light coming off the wall.

I asked her for some info about this piece… this is turning into an interview, that was not the intent, though wouldn’t it be cool if I had a clip to show? Just so I could say, roll the clip. Anyway, this is what she wrote back:  “I slapped plaster on canvas, sanding and carving cracks into it. Then painted the entire thing with black acrylic. I sketched on, ripped up, and glaze layered transparency paper. Then, again layering and building out the bricks with plaster. Then more acrylic. I also used a glazing medium for the first time which helped me blend the highlights and shadow. Finally I decided I needed a visual source of light. Something dank, dirty, back alley, Tim Burton kinda stuff. Strangely, this idea came to me by way of bare feet and my son’s discarded laser pointer caps, (which he so kindly displayed for me on the floor) I used the metal cap and some jewelry wire as the base and sculpted the wall lamp out of polymer clay. afterwards I used metallic paints to finish the piece.”

Dawn is doing incredible work, you really need to check out her facebook page here at That SmARTs by Dawn. I think prints of the Catwoman piece might be on sale soon, but until then you can check out the original hanging at Rubber Chicken Comics in Bellingham, MA.  Her next piece is a spacy robot looking thing that she has posted photos of in progress. Thanks to Dawn for letting me use her hard work to fill one of my dailyblogs.



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