A Great Writeup on NatGeo Yourshot

July 24, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I forgot to post this (published in February), but a really nice writeup of National Geographic's YourShot community.  

And it's not great because I'm interviewed, but that certainly didn't hurt, IMHO.  :)



The New Arrival

March 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Get A Puppy, They Said. It Will Be Fun, They SaidGet A Puppy, They Said. It Will Be Fun, They Said

Zsa Zsa Gabor...I get you.

Leona Helmsley...I understand completely, girlfriend.

Thanks to the arrival of a 10 week old English bulldog puppy, I now understand why rich old ladies carry around tiny dogs.  Because (at least with my puppy) they're awesome and they can.

Am I completely glossing over the fact that when Reuben is in his spazzy, puppy play mode he's like a mini Tiger shark on a blood-soaked rampage of teeth and fur?  Yes.  Or when I was changing the bed sheets and he ran over and pissed on the comforter?  Yes.  Or the fact that his tiny bladder has him getting up every 2-3 hours to go out in the middle of the night? Uh huh.  Or when I was watching him like a hawk, blinked my eyes and he was gone, but a tootsie roll was deposited on my carpet right in front of me?  Youbetcha.


Despite all those things, our home now has the funniest, most personality-packed creature to date, even counting those Sea Monkeys I ordered from a comic book (That's saying a lot, because I'm such a sucker for brine shrimp!).  I'm trying my best not to post a million images of him, but I'm failing miserably and don't even care.  I have unabashedly set up an Instagram account, @Reubenthebulldog, just to have a place to put some of these pics.  Somehow, I'm able to delude myself that because it's my dog, it's different.  No WAY I've become one of those douchebags.  Wait...maybe I have, but...  DID YOU SEE WHAT HE JUST DID?  He was playing and rolled off the mat and flipped over.  How cute is that?


Anyway, he's been a reasonably good model so far and I need to get these shots now while he's cute and doesn't have that 3 inch underbite which I'm sure is coming.  Bear with me people as I pass through this really adorable phase.








Published! Nat Geo' YourShot's "Built To Walk" Assignment

March 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
"Elegantly executed. The forest of images is interesting take on the family photo album."-
Darren Smith
Deputy Editorial Director, NG International Editions

A good run of news continues with the publication of one of my favorite images of the kids.  For the 'Built To Walk' assignment, Deputy Editorial Director of International Editions, Darren Smith, asked for photos to be printed/made real and incorporated into a new image.  It highlighted the fact that the physicality of actually making a print feels like a long lost art.  What percentage of our pictures do we actually print?  Less that 1% for sure with me.

Anyway... this image was a pain in the ass to set up because after printing and hanging the individual pics, I had to wait a day to come back and shoot because they continued to twist on the string and find a point to settle at, most often facing away from where I wanted them.  Even with a matte finish, the shine from the lights was an issue as well, washing out parts of the pictures.

My thanks to Darren and the rest of the YourShot community who submitted to this assignment because it definitely took more effort and creativity than the typical assignment.  I applaud the YourShot team for including this occasional creative side to their assignments.  

You can view the complete story here.




NatGeo's "Built To Walk" Assignment- Published!

February 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Great and most surprising news this afternoon of the inclusion of one of my photos in the "Built To Walk" assignment on YourShot!  It was unexpected since it seemed quite different from the documentarian nature of the other photos and was not a recent image.  In fact, the age seemed to work against me somewhat based on the comments of Foreign Correspondent and National Geographic Fellow, Paul Salopek: 

Almost too old a photo for a journalistic assignment. But the willingness to go macro, and turn the literalness of Built to Walk's tittle into pure abstraction, makes this a powerful entry.

Being selected as one of 30 images out of 10,000+ is an honor and to be recognized by yet another guest editor is a wonderful thing.

Have I mentioned how much I love the people at YS?  :)

You can view the story here.

National Geographic YourShot Recognition

February 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

First, let me say that I'm quite possibly one of worst at keeping a blog up to date.  I'm resolving that for 2016 I shall be much more diligent in yelling about whatever goings on I have ...going on.  For those that may be mildly interested in me, this is spectacular news. You are most welcome!  This could possibly surpass last year's excitement where I vowed to replace any and all underpants that were getting worn out.  Look out 2017... it will be a tough to top all this!


Second, there was a wonderful article from Kristin Hare at the Pointer Institute about the success behind NatGeo's YourShot.  I had the pleasure of being interviewed as an active YS member and giving my take on this amazing site that's staffed by some excellent photographic editorial talent.  The additionally cool part was highlighting some of my photos in the story.  Take a gander at it if you will here.  Hope you enjoy it.







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