The last couple of months have been good to me as far as photo contests go. Above is an image that helped me win some gear from the Gear Junkie. In the photo Aaron Lalonde and his two pups can be seen hiking up Center Bowl at Mont Ripley one morning. I really should thank Aaron for helping make this image so cool.
Here’s the link to the original post - gearjunkie.com/photo-contest-winners-weekday-warrior
So, I’ve again found a photo of mine being chosen as the winner of Wend Magazine’s weekly Friday Photo Contest. I know it’s not in print, but it always makes you feel good when someone choses to show other people one of your images. Also, I won a spotting scope… not sure what I’m going to do with it, but I’ll have it. If anyone out there wants it just let me know and it’s yours.
Here’s a link to the original post – www.wendmag.com/blog/2011/12/16/friday-photo-december-late-launch/
Just wanted to give a shout out to my buddy John Mancini. This spring he invited me out one morning for some stand up surfing where I grabbed this image seen above. This image and a couple others ended up in one of the opening spreads in the fall issue of the StandUp Journal which just recently hit the newsstands. It’s great to see my buddy in the mag and to see the Keweenaw getting some recognition in the surfing/standup world.
Now if only I could find myself an actual copy of the magazine.
Ok… it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted anything here and I’m sorry. Things were pretty busy before, during, and after the move out to Maine. I did quickly find a part-time job, and am currently looking for other–more permanent–work. Mari seems to be getting along fine with her classes. Our apartment is great. Our car is falling apart. Our new car should be here sometime this week, and looking for work is way more work than work itself.
Anyway, in the middle of all of this I was contacted by someone from the Hong Kong based magazine Sportsoho. My understanding is that this publication is a magazine focused on sports photography and sports photographers. They were contacting me because they were interested in highlighting some of my work and myself. I have to say… I truly thought this was some kind of joke at first, but it turned out that it was not. Anyway, I thought I would share the article here now that it’s out. I really have no clue what it says. The questions I was presented with were quite varied, so I can’t even speculate as to what the content of the article… but it’s always cool to see my work in print.
Now, I know I haven’t been sharing much lately, but that is going to change. I have some time off this week and I promise to help everyone get caught up.
Link to High-Res PDF
Well, this morning I woke up to some cool news. I was going through my RSS this A.M. and to my surprise one of my surfing photos had been selected as Wend Magazine’s Friday Photo… I knew as soon as I saw “Superior Surf” in the title. Not only is this good publicity for surfing here on the Great Lakes, but I also was fortunate enough to be awarded a pair of Olukai Shoes, a GoPro Helmet Cam, and a surf board from Global Surf Industries… Crazy!
Anyway, I just wanted to give a shout out to Sam for being on the breakwall at Mclain that day and to all of the other surfers up here in the Keweenaw for getting out there, not because conditions are good, but because there are waves and surfing crappy waves is better than not surfing.
So, I know I’ve been sucking out and not posting very much lately. But, things around here have been busy… really. So, the big news first:
My wife Mari was recently offered a short-term position teaching geology at Bates College in Lewiston, ME and it looks like we will be moving out there sometime towards the end of July or beginning of August. Now, we’ve lived in Houghton for the last decade or so and this is going to be a big change and a lot of time has been being spent on figuring out where we’re going to stay, when we’re moving, how we’re moving, etc… There is still a lot to work out, but I’ll let everyone know more as soon as we know more.
Next up… a lot of my recent time spent not at work has been spread out between trying to do a better job helping out around the house and running/biking. With Mari spending a lot of time at home this winter after graduating I was able to get complacent and didn’t really have to do much because Mari was being a super-wife and pretty much taking care of everything. Now she has more on her plate and I’m doing my best to help pick up the slack. Let’s just say it’s a work in progress. As for the biking/running… I pretty much always try develop some kind of routine. And with all of the traveling I did this winter there wasn’t much time left for things like working out and spring arrived with me being heavier than I’ve been in a very long time. Because of this I’ve really been trying to make sure to take advantage of any free time and getting out from behind the computer and getting on the bike or going for a run. I’m feeling pretty good and just need to start bumping up my milage and things should take care of themselves.
On the photo front things have been a little quiet. I haven’t been shooting too much, but when out I’ve been trying to make the most of it. I captured some early spring surfing a few weeks ago and it looks like some of the images might be appearing in the fall issue of The StandUp Journal. Below in the most recent issue of Adventure Kayak I happy to say I have a handful of images. Here’s the link to the online version – Click Here.
Anyway, that’s it for now. Hopefully, I will start getting out a little more now that the weather and trail conditions are improving. Getting out more means more posts, so stay tuned.
The other day I was in the book store looking through the magazines. I like to do this from time to time to check out the images in the ski, bike, and outdoor magazines that are getting published. It’s not that I’m hoping to have all of my images published, but I like knowing what the editors are looking for just in case an opportunity presents itself.
Anyway, I saw that the book store had the most recent issue of Superior Outdoors so I grabbed a copy. Initially I only looked at the last page. I knew that an image of mine was supposed to run there in the winter issue, it was there and that’s all I needed to purchase a copy. However, imagine my surprise when I sat down to lunch and saw another of my photos in the table of contents! Apparently, another series of images I submitted were published along with an article by Conor Mihell on the Gales of November kayak confluence. And that wasn’t the end… in the reflections portion of the magazine appeared one of my surfing images of Sam Gardner.
It’s really cool seeing my stuff in print. I would say it’s because I’m so awesome, but the truth is that I really owe most of these images to Conor. He’s the one with the magic pen and without his words there would be no need for my images.
The December issue of Digital SLR Photography the UK’s Fastest Growing Photo Magazine is just now hitting the stands… and guess what? They decided to use one of my images on page 71 to illustrate the use of rear-curtain sync strobe to maintain subject sharpness while letting the background blur to help create a sense of motion. It never gets old seeing your photos in print.
I contacted the guys from UltraFondus over in France and they were kind enough to send me a digital copy of the article about Sam. If you can read french and are interested here is the full copy in .pdf form.
I still think that it’s funny that this image of Sam that ran as the lead was shot in our living room just one night when we were messing around. I guess it just goes to show that you should always be playing around and experimenting and shooting… you never know where those images might end up.
Just found out that I had some more images published over in France in their UltraFondus magazine. I knew that Sam had talked to them and that they had done an interview, but I didn’t realize the article was going to run so soon. Anyway, from the sounds of things this these images are going to end up as donations to Sam’s project The Initiative, as no arrangements for compensation have been made. I’m also kind of wondering what or if there is any kind of photo credit. Whatever… it’s still cool. Head over to Sam’s site if you want to know more. Word on the street is that he’s got someone to translate the article.
My portrait of Sam on the index page…
Two images of Sam, and a small copy of the map I designed for his website…