I had to stick my neck out 

I wanted to fly my drone tonight but lately I have only flew it with the safety mode on. I didn’t want it to fly away or crash. Tonight I decided to go for it. Earlier I was think about the turtle. It doesn’t like to go backwards but to go forward it has to stick it’s neck out. If your in the same boat as I was. I would tell you to go for it! It might be scary but the view from the top is awesome! 

Stay Random! 

Dom

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When photography sessions go wrong. 

With the holidays approaching at blistering speed, my wife and I decided this year we’re going to send out a family holiday card, instead of the usual nothing we send out. We always want to send cards, sometimes we even buy them but I usually forget to mail them. 

But this year will be different! For the last week we’ve been planning to hike up to an overlook called the King and Queen seat. We even put thought into our outfits, the backgrounds, the “look” and then a few days before the shoot, Mother Nature flips us the bird. What was supposed to be 60 degrees (f) is now going to be 40 degrees and windy. Argh!

We had a plan B! The thought was to wake up and go to an arboretum and set up there. However we slept in and weren’t ready to walk out the door until it was noon. Now we’re all hungry. So instead of driving for an hour, doing the shoot and then getting lunch, we’re eating nasty Burger King and heading to a local park so my son can still attend his soccer awards. 

At this point I know we should just cancel. Too many things have changed and the likelihood of finding a place with a pretty background, no wind, good lighting and and and… will be hard to find. If this adventure was with a paying client, I would of suggested we postpone, but you’re with your family, you’re super dad, you helped an old lady across the street, surely Karma will be smiling down on you. Wrong!  

We get to the spot I think will be nice. Not too much wind. I find a good angle and realized my tripod isn’t in my car but at my office. (face palm)  But wait! I have my small Jobie tripod. Oh wait the part that connects camera to tripod is on top of the washer because you put it in your pocket. (double face palm)

Pissed at myself, I reluctantly look for a stump to place my camera on and press the 10 second delay (my cordless trigger is dead) just to run back and try to look as calmly as can be. As you probably guessed by the lack of pictures from the family, that didn’t go well. In the back of my head I hear a mantra that I’ve lived my entire life by. (PPPPPP). Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

Opportunity can come from failure. So we spend a bit of time just walking through the state park. We didn’t find another location that would allow us to get the shots we were after, but it was nice to spend time with the family. Having the sun on my face, feeling the wind and smelling the water was a good trade off for a photography session gone wrong. 

Maybe karma knew all along that I just needed a recharge. At the end of the day we still got the project completed. We used pictures from this last year of adventuring. So all is well that ends well. Here are some of the pics I snapped from yesterday.

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Stay Random

Dom 

I hope I don’t go to jail

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Beyond this sign might be your best photograph ever! 

Rules are made to keep us safe, but you have to know when not to follow them. If you always follow them you will never know the secret of what’s on the other side! In my life, the sweetest fruits have always been on the thinnest, most rule guarded branches. There have been times when I have been detained because stopping on the side of the road to photograph a bridge draws attention from the authorities; but so will scaling a building to capture an amazing sunset over the city.

 

Yesterday we went to a National Park that had so many rules on where you could go. I’m sure they are thinking about safety for the masses, but I’m not a mass. I am a person, a person who wants to show what’s on the other side of where you should be.

As a photographer, the best shots are always, without a doubt, in the places that are hard to reach or uncomfortable to get to. It’s like nature demands a test to get it’s treasure. Sometimes it’s a long walk in bramble bushes, boggy moors, bug infested swamps or smooth as silk rocks with a long drop down. Other times it may be a small ledge that holds the perfect shot if only you can repress your fear of heights to capture the sunset you’ve been after.

While I’m not suggesting we should be careless in our adventures, we only have one life and body. I am suggesting that sometimes you should take a chance and break the rules, color outside the lines, hop the guardrail to get that shot. You might be surprised at what you discover both in your art and within yourself.

Here are some of the photographs from yesterday. I will be uploading a montage video to my youtube channel. If you haven’t yet subscribed to my youtube channel please check it out and if you like short art videos, please consider subscribing CLICK HERE to visit my channel.

 

Never shake hands with a cactus.

There’s magic in a desert night. When stars fall down to human height;
I filled my pockets, filled my hands, and more stars fell upon the sands.
The gentle breeze that shook the sky sent starry windfalls sailing by,
And whirlwinds scuffling on the ground, kicked stars into a silver mound.
Despite this bounty in my clutch, millions more were there to touch —
The desert night must play a trick, hanging stars low down to pick!

~Lenore Eversole Fisher, “Desert Harvest,” in Arizona Highways, February 1965