Arnie’s Army: Who Will We Follow Now?

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© Joe DiMaggio

To all the ships at sea,

Arnold Palmer, one of the greatest human beings put on this earth. Great golfer, great friend, great smile, great humanitarian. There isn’t a person in the world that could have a bad word on the great Arnold Palmer. Here’s a photo I took of him with John Hemmer. A sad day for the planet. And if you’re like me, you can have an Arnold Palmer (sometimes, I add Vodka to it).

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© Joe DiMaggio

To all the ships at sea,

On August 20th, I did a blog about fun. And to be quite honest, it was a short, concise, and to the point blog. Unfortunately, I think that I did not accomplish what I really wanted to accomplish.

I would imagine that most people that are going to read my blog do not have the power to control the stock market, United States government (or any government for that matter), and certainly not the weather. You come to realize that there is very little that we as human beings can really control, apart from trying to control our own destiny. I believe one of Frank Sinatra’s lyrics goes, “If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere,” and both JoAnne and I have been competing in the New York marketplace for over four decades. Okay, maybe five decades. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what a client needs, what an art buyer needs, what a gallery owner needs, and so wrapped up in the stress and the pressure that both society and ourselves put on us, and so wrapped up in the competition with our peer group that at the end of the day we’re drained.

So, what’s wrong with this picture? In retrospect, everything is wrong with this picture. The time has come to take the years of experience as a working photographer and just. Have. Fun. Have fun with whatever camera you use, whatever lens you use, any place that you go to make a photograph. You dont have to go to Beijing or Venice – you can go three blocks from home. You can go in your own backyard and generate great photos just for the fun of it! No stress, no pressure. Unadulterated fun. If you come to our studio or to the learning center, you’ll have an opportunity to  see and go into the private suite, which was originally supposed to be a VIP suite to have a cigar and some brandy, listen to some great music, and just kick back. It was a good idea, but I don’t smoke cigars and I don’t need an excuse to drink brandy. It’s been converted into a place to store some of our archival work. When I look at the work that was printed in the 70s, whether they are a dye transfer or a great c-print, the cost of each one of the 16x20s or the 20x24s were in excess of $400-$1,100 per print. Suffice it to say, we’re talking absolute telephone numbers.

Okay, where am I going with this?  There’s nothing like the excitement and the fun of going out and generating a photograph, looking at the back of the LCD screen, and loving what you see then putting it into your computer and it comes alive. The next logical step is to make a display print. I seriously recommend a large print. It’s the final step in the photographic process. I had the pleasure to watch Eisenstaedt spend a half an hour in the Life lab making three or four work prints before he’d make his final print to send to the editors at Life Magazine. It was a thing of beauty. And with the red light glancing off of his eyes, you could see he was having fun! There are few of us that still have the ability and wherewithal to go into a wet dark room.

To all the ships at sea, please have fun, fun, and some more fun. Life is too short. Go out and have some fun. The camera will bring you a tremendous amount of satisfaction and pleasure. And fun!

Joe D.

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Looking Forward to a New Year

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© White Gallery

To all the ships at sea,

Well, all good things must come to an end. The Wheeler-Kalish-DiMaggio show at the White Gallery has come to an end. A great end, but an end nonetheless. From my vantage point, the ability to share a gallery with two amazing artists was a wonderful experience.  It was an awful lot of fun and extremely rewarding on many different levels with the two gallery owners, Tino and Susan, as well. Dennis, myself, and JoAnne, along with Tino and Susan, entered into this experiment with an open mind and like many things in my life and my career I came away learning something. Ninety-nine percent of the time it’s positivity, and in this particular case everything was positive. Great venue, show, people, support, and communication- what else could you ask for? To say nothing of the fact that all three of us artists had substantial sales of our work. I’m having a lunch tomorrow with Dennis and JoAnne and we are looking forward to our next show together. Life is good, sky is blue, the clouds are white. I continue to learn a little bit more about life everyday. So please pick up your cameras and go out and make some fine photos.

P.S. It’s free, and all the great things in life are free!

Hope to see you on the road,

Joe D.

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© JoAnne Kalish

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Fall Foliage Workshop: Saturday, October 15th & Sunday, October 23rd

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© Joe DiMaggio

As I mentioned in the previous blog, we will be doing a really great workshop on two consecutive weekends. I will be heading the one taking place on Saturday, October 15th and JoAnne Kalish will be heading the one taking place on Sunday, October 23rd. So, people that want to go on a Sunday can go to one and people who want to go on a Saturday can go, back to back. The fall is an exceptionally great time not only for its fall colors but, depending on the weather conditions, the water falls that will turn into slalom races for our sports kayaks. Combination of sports action and definitive landscape work. It’s all up to Mother Nature.

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© Joe DiMaggio

A Desk or a Dove?

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To all the ships at sea,

As a photographer, whether professional or amateur, the one thing you must always be aware of is if you see something you have to be able to move not only quickly but decisively and know your exposures, focal length, horizontal or vertical, and be able to execute or else you’re not going to make the photograph. I just finished my fourth coat of polyurethane on my new desktop and as I left my workshop I saw a dove sitting thirty yards away. Yesterday, I saw a bald eagle twenty yards away but by the time I got the camera, switched the lenses, put the card in and changed the ISO he or she was gone. So I left the camera set up the way I had it and it actually worked for me. I went out and took a few horizontals, loose, with the Canon 7D mark ll and the 100-400 zoom. For all intents and purposes, I think I nailed it. No assignment, no money, no sales- oh, it’s just fun! And a beautiful bird. If you look closely at the bird’s foot, you’ll see the superglue I used to hold the bird to the glass. The last thing you want is to have the bird fly away… IT’S A JOKE!

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Great Yellow Father

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© Joe DiMaggio

To all the ships at sea,

The majority of photographers I’ve come to know over the years were weaned on TriX, Plus X, Panatomic X, Kodacrome 1,2, 25, 64, and High Speed Ektachrome. I affectionally called Kodak “The Great Yellow Father.” Well, the last time I did a lecture at RIT about eight years ago I stopped by to see a Vice President of Kodak who is a friend of mine. While walking to his office I could hear the echo of my footsteps. The handwriting had been on the wall for at least 5-8 years prior to that, lets call it 1999. And one of the final indications was when Dano Steinhardt left Kodak for Epson. I know Dano loved Kodak. He had to do what was right for him and for his family. Covering the heavyweight championship fight in Rochester, killing six hours, I looked up to see the Kodak tower. It was sad. One of the security people told me they were going to convert it to a community college. There is no doubt that George Eastman is doing cartwheels in his grave. One of the oldest most powerful and greatest longest lasting corporations in america. Very sad, very sad. I’m looking above me three computers, theres a roll of Kodacrome 200, 25 and Ektachrome X. I don’t why I have it, but it’s there.

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© Joe DiMaggio

Ringside or Ring Sight? That Is the Question.

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The main protagonist in my film “in this corner” is Harry Keitt. Harry is a former heavyweight boxer who now trains fighters. The fighter he is working with today is “Big Baby” Miller, who on Friday night was fighting for the WBO and ____ Heavyweight championship. We called our agent and requested two ringside credentials, one for Dylan and myself. The venue agreed (I told the promoter that if we couldn’t have two at ringside that I would not cover the fight. He assured me no problem). The day of the fight, we were informed that there would be only one ringside position and one auxiliary (which was supposed to be a great position.) We picked up our credentials at 6 o’clock. I made the executive decision to have Dylan shoot ringside and I would shoot from the auxiliary position. I believe the auxiliary poisiton was approximately 250 yards from the ring. You would think that Dylan got the best part of the deal until you realize that the only fight we HAD to cover didn’t start until after 12 o’clock midnight. Someone once asked what it was like to be a professional working photographer.  I’ve heard ten photographers say the same thing, “Hurry up and wait!” And thats what you do you – hurry up and wait. Being up since 5 AM with no dinner and it being after midnight the next day which was Saturday morning, after seven hours of standing and no break, nor bathroom is not the easiest thing in the world. Well, the reality is Dylan kicked ass and took names.  For the record, ten minutes before the main event, the promoter came over and said, “Here’s your ringside credential.”  The interesting part of it is that after waiting six hours, I was cold, not an excuse – I’m not complaining… just explaining. The reality is, Dylan outshot me.

As a footnote: That is just this one time. Rest assured, next time I’m going to try and blow his doors off! The question is, well you know what the question is, but let’s be clear about one thing: I’m not hanging him up just yet. Maybe in ten or fifteen years…but not yet… I take my beret off to Dylan. Once, just once.

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© Dylan Michael

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An Absolute Great Day at the White Gallery

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To all the ships at sea,

I may be dumb but I’m not stupid. Did I say that? Maybe I should rethink it. I understand that I go on rants sometimes and talk about people who have recently passed. My agent reminded me, “You’re not writing obituaries.” Recently I’ve been on a roll, or we’ll call it a rock and roll. There’ve been good things, better things, great things and fun things. Life is good. Normally I would not share this, but why not?

Dennis, JoAnne, and I were back in the White Gallery and gave a forty minute talk (which lasted over two hours). Believe it or not I didn’t have a lot to say. Another great day, three great friends, and a few more sales. I’m attaching a private letter.

Life is good, go out and make some great photos,

Joe D.

“Hi JoAnne,

Thank you for sending us these photos.

It was really great seeing you and Joe yesterday.

It was a very special day, sharing some of the great things you and Joe have accomplished; we will not forget.

I am so happy Ericca was with us.

She acknowledged Joe’s commitment and love for you.

It made me very happy that she not only saw and heard about the great work both of you have accomplished but that she also witnessed the incredible team the two of you are.

Congratulations!

Thank you for inviting me.

Love,

Lee”

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Photography Should Be Fun

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© Joe DiMaggio

As a working photographer for quite a while, you tend to forget what it’s really all about: meeting beautiful girls, having cappuccino at one o’clock in the afternoon, and having some serious fun. Unless you’re hanging out with Mike Phillips, then you’re going to be drinking cheap white wine at one o’clock in the afternoon. It doesn’t make you a bad person. Ernst Haas pioneered time motion studies while I was still in my mother’s womb. I’ve always had an utmost respect for him as a photographer and someone who became more “edgy” the older he got. A great photographer and a great tech rep, Ron Thompson called me and commented on a double truck I had in Time magazine of an F-14 Tomcat and told me to check my camera to see if I had a shutter speed any faster than 1/8 of a second. You gotta love motion. To all the ships at sea, go out and make a photograph.