Saturday, June 26, 2010

Off I Go...

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When I was a teenager, I was in an accident that I should not have survived. I was riding my bicycle with a friend and a car going 50 mph hit my bicycle head-on. The collision left me lying motionless in the road.

My friend thought I was dead.

Seconds later, I popped up off the pavement and began dusting myself off. I walked away... with a couple scrapes and bruises and two stitches. That's it. And I am not exaggerating one bit.

I guess it wasn't my time. I figure God had more that he wanted me to learn and do HERE....on earth. I need to remind myself of that every so often. And I need to make every effort to fulfill His plan for me. I pray that I get better at that.

I may be out of touch for the next little while. I'll be with Ron, my friend and colleague. Yes, I'll be putting my cameras to work. Ron will be putting his cameras down, for a change, and will just put his pen to work. A collaboration we've both been looking forward to.....

And I'll be adding a couple things to my camera bag that have nothing to do with cameras or photography.

Off I go.....

in His service.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Sundown

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

O Canada

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Blog Post #299.  Who knew?

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Road Less Traveled

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iPhone photo from a moving train.

Ontario, Canada


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Metaphor for My Life

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Or so it seems some days....


(Union Station - Toronto, Ontario - Canada)


Monday, June 21, 2010

Nova Scotia Guy

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I crossed paths with this kindly gentleman this past weekend. I was walking along and passed by where he was seated...then I stopped...hesitated for a moment...and then kept walking. As I walked by, I knew I would regret it if I didn't ask to photograph him reading his paper.

I did a U-turn. And I asked.....

I've learned that I need to take action when I see someone I'd like to photograph. It haunts me for days if I don't ask. I figure the worst I'm gonna get is a "no". I find by treating people with dignity and respect, I get "yes" 99% of the time. I'm pretty sure the other 1% are people doing something they shouldn't be doing...and don't want to be seen doing it.

I don't consider myself very social at all, but for some reason, when I have a camera in my hands, it changes everything and there is nothing I'd rather do than get close to my subject, let my guard down and hope they do the same.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Looking Back #3 - Indonesian Woman

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When I saw this woman in a remote Indonesian village, she called me over and asked if I would help her lift something into her little home. Actually, she didn't verbally ask - she made a series of motions with her arms and hands and I understood instantly. I gave her the hand she needed.

Then she began speaking to me and the only word I understood was "Sprite". I didn't really need one, but I knew it would please her if I accepted. I nodded and said, "Yes, sure". She brought me a Sprite in a glass bottle with a straw in it. And she got one for herself. For the next twenty minutes, we sat together on her front step and drank Sprite.... looking at one another, smiling and nodding.

Before I departed, I asked if I could snap her picture and she obliged. Well, I didn't exactly "ask"....I pointed to my camera, then to her. She nodded "yes". I snapped a few pictures, we bowed to one another and I was on my way.

Wearing her red wool hat and sweater, you would not guess that it was 95 degrees F outside. And she had no air conditioning. Nobody does. I guess she just liked to bundle up.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Looking Back #2 - Sincerity and Sacrifice

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This past November, I had the opportunity to be on assignment in Bali, Indonesia. Every minute of it was amazing. The people of Bali left their imprint on me in no uncertain terms. They are generous, gracious, sincere and have a capacity to work that is staggering. I learned so much from them in nine short days.

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This woman has prepared a sacrifice for the Gods and is about to deliver it to a predetermined location in the Hindu Mother Temple.

While I don't share the same religion as most of the Balinese, I am in awe of their spirituality and the way it permeates their culture. It is evident in every moment of their existence. Seeing it in action was a gift.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ruh Roh

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Have you ever seen a sky like this? I have. It was in Raiders of the Lost Ark....just before the bad guys bit it.

As nasty as this looks, it was all show and no go. It passed over the wheat field tonight -- not a drop of rain and not much wind at all. Quite a display, however.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Low Hanging Foof

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While I was messing around in the backyard last night, I caught a glimpse of this scene out of the corner of my eye. It must have been just five minutes before the sun disappeared below the horizon.

I yanked my iPhone out of my pocket and snapped a quickie. When I saw how nice it looked, I sprinted into the house for a "real" camera. My neighbors gave me the look that says, "Haven't you ever seen a cloud before?" It was either that, or the, "Good God, I think Dan is loopy" look. It was one or the other.

Yes, I have seen clouds before, but if I had a tall enough ladder, I may have tried to ride one of these to the southeast. They seemed low enough that I could almost touch them.

Yep. It's the little things. It always has been for me.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

K-9 Commander

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I visited Officer Joaquin Guerrero yesterday, with a little gift in-hand. Officer Guerrero is a police officer and K-9 Training Commander for the Saginaw, Michigan Police Department. He is known far and wide as an expert in his field.

Officer Guerrero and his beloved German Shepherd, Rookie, were at "Ground Zero" in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack. Unfortunately, Rookie is no longer at his side - he died of cancer. It was determined that Rookie breathed in carcinogens while working in the rubble of Ground Zero, and it ultimately took his life.

Officer Guerrero has a new companion - Rookie II. I have had the honor of seeing them both in action. Perhaps you have tuned in to this blog when I've joked about Luci and Waldo (pictured above in the framed photo) attending "Charm School". In fact, it's not a joke at all. We've had the honor of attending Officer Guerrero's training classes - yet another way this amazing man gives to the community. And as you might imagine, the class is second to none -- just like Officer Guerrero.

In the days ahead, I'll be spending time with officer Guerrero and Rookie II. We'll be working on a special photo together to honor Officer Guerrero, Rookie and Rookie II. As a result of our project, it is my hope that a life-size photo will hang in his training facility.

If you'd like to know more about Officer Guerrero, Rookie and Rookie II, there is a TV documentary airing tomorrow evening. Check out this link for more information.
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Friday, June 4, 2010

Soon

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

God Beams

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A couple years ago, I had the good fortune of spending a day with Moose Peterson, one of my favorite American wildlife photographers. We were together on a photo adventure in Red Rock Canyon, in the Nevada desert. I spent the entire day with him. It was one of my best days as a photographer.

Moose calls these rays of light "God Beams."

Good call, Moose.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

This Nose Knows

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