Anyone within 50 miles of NYC should consider spending a half hour to see an absolutely new style documentary by Alan and Wendy Kaplan. It’s not same old same old. It’s a new vision straight out of one of the finest photographers I know and anyone who knows Wendy will tell you she’s an extremely shy, caring loving person and but you get her on film watch out! She becomes a tornado! I loved the film I’m sure you will too. Joe D
Joe DiMaggio & William Shatner in Israel on Canon Photo Safari (2 min 41 sec) – https://vimeo.com/91934213
Whether you’re a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or atheist you must visit Israel. It is the Center of all Religions and all Civilizations. It is living history that one can see, palpably feel and we are offering you the opportunity to photographically capture.
In any given year millions of people visit Israel – over a million from the U.S. alone. There are many travel agencies that specifically deal with the Middle East and the number of guides are astronomical. Given that set of circumstances, one should ask why go with us? Internationally known photographer/filmmakerJoe DiMaggio and World Class Guide Amir Or-ly have worked together for almost three decades and have become brothers. Amir and Joe met while shooting a TV show for ESPN. The show was called The Photo Safari which Joe hosted along with co-host celebrity, amateur photographer, world traveler –William Shatner and is still being rerun on OLN network. DiMaggio felt that is was Amir – his knowledge, his humor and his ability to change course in a manner of seconds, who was the glue that helped make the show so successful.
Joe and Amir want to extend that synergy. They want to take you on a semi-private tour of Israel and share their passion and knowledge of land along with their unique photographic experience and vision.
Some facts about Amir – his credentials are impressive. He’s escorted Heads of State, Presidents, Kings, Hollywood Celebrities, Writers, Politicians and insured that every one of them, to a man or woman have had a highly memorable and successful visit.
Joe and Amir, along with Superb Tourist Services Ltd. (a highly respected Israel based Tour Operator), have put together a program that we hope will be your holiday of a lifetime. You will return home with both a thorough understanding of the history of Israel, the land and it’s varied people, as well as come away with truly amazing Photography and Video Imagery.
To all the ships at sea, and especially our brothers and sisters in France,
You are in our prayers. Viva La France.
To All the ships at sea,
I tend to be redundant; I also tend to have a pretty good memory. I also realize the journey I’ve been on for the last 5 decades could not have happened if it wasn’t for some amazing people, great friends, and generous photographers. My dear friend Ron Thompson introduced me to Ralph Morse at an Apollo march. Ralph was one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. He not only had a great eye and a great passion, he was a true innovator. The old cliché; you think you’ve done something original, but it was done 100 years ago. Guess what, Ralph was a true innovator; he came up with photographs no one ever did. He literally took me under his wing, and with no hesitation, taught me everything I needed to know on how to photograph an Apollo Saturn 5b Rocket. At the time, I had no idea that he went to the same High School that my dad went too, Dewitt Clinton, and they were probably there in the same class. I also had no idea that Ralph generated one of the most famous photographs on the day of Babe Ruth’s farewell at Yankee Stadium, the same day that one of my other heroes Nat Fein won a Pulitzer Prize. I could go on and on and on. I will share one of Ralph’s funniest stories. He was photographing a Gemini launch got back to his hotel to find the director of photography wanted him to go to Moscow Immediately. Ralph packed up all of his gear and his clothes and flew to New York. A messenger, who accepted all of Ralph’s film, gave him new film, and a small suitcase of clothes met him there. He immediately flew to Moscow to find that he had all the film he needed, all the cameras he needed, but he had summer and spring clothes… it was the dead of winter. Ralph was there for over several weeks, he made an executive decision to purchase a fur coat. When he returned to the New York office and submitted his expense account, the bean counters went crazy, rejecting the (I don’t know the exact number, but we’ll call it $1800) coat. They demanded Ralph redo the expense account. The total with the fur coat was $6200. When he redid the expense account, the total came to $6800. He attached a small note to a paper clip for the accounting department that said, “Find the fur coat.” On my return from my recent trip to Cuba, I was actually in Florida when Ralph passed. Unfortunately I didn’t know. Ralph, you will be missed everyday. Thank you so much for being the person that you were. On my next trip to Israel, I will put a prayer in the Western Wall for you.
RIP Ralph Morse
Cuba: Through a Photographers Lens with Joe DiMaggio and JoAnne Kalish. The last time I was in Cuba, Bill Clinton was President of the United States. The last thing that I want to
do is talk politics. For the last fifty plus years we’ve maintained an embargo on Cuba. If you’d like to know my personal view, give me a call.
It seemed in the attached photos that every time we had someone taking a group photo of us, we were eating or drinking our way through Cuba – but this was hardly half of it and not true. We had an extraordinary group who knew their photography and were very aware of our history and the culture of Cuba as well. We met and spent time with many wonderful Cuban people. We left with concerns about our new friends on that beautiful Island ninety miles off of our shore.
There are no excuses, as I still have not done a reasonable edit on my personal photographs. I hope to have them done before November 17 as JoAnne and I will be leading another People to Exchange to Cuba from Miami. We are close to to filling this trip up, so please keep in mind that if you’d like to join us – please let us know as soon as possible. Some of these photos I posted are obviously not all mine.
I’d like to thank all the photographers who joined us and all the wonderful Cuban people that made it such a very special trip. Also thanks to the people behind the scenes as well who worked diligently to make it work smoothly and as successfully as our trip did.
Anyone who’s been to any of my workshops or lectures knows that I always demand pre-production. Our ability to do as much research as possible so we’re able to execute the best possible photograph with the least amount of Murphy-ism (Murphy-ism; whatever can go wrong, will go wrong) is absolutely critical. Machu Picchu is one of the most spiritual places I’ve ever had an opportunity to visit and photograph. I took a very large class of over twenty students there for the mentor series, which worked out great for me because it was on my bucket list. Despite all the preparation, pre-production, and research, I still managed to get altitude sickness. The best way to describe altitude sickness is it makes seasickness feel like a mild pinprick on your index finger. I’m pretty sure it was the worst feeling I’ve ever had; I never want to do that again. I did not properly acclimate in Cusco at 11,000 feet. Coca tea, oxygen, and coca leaves become your best friends.
PS, always visit a doctor before you take this kind of a trip. There are some simple medicines that could have prevented this from happening, and I chose not to take them. I try to keep my drug intake to one baby Aspirin, two Aleve, and one martini.
PPS, notice the rain cover for my camera.
There have been turning points in the new millennium. The first and foremost turning point was the attack on September 11, 2001 The World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the heroic crash in Pennsylvania. Up until that point, travel was relatively simple and straight-forward but today travel has become more difficult and rightly so. A bright traveler has so do everything they can to minimize the shock of intense scrutiny at the airports, ship terminals, train stations and so on. So the first consideration, is to pack two weeks early. Once you’ve done that, cut this in half. If you think I’m joking I’m not! Forty eight hours before the trip cut things back again. Like most modern day travelers, you will be traveling with a laptop computer – obviously carry on. I also strongly recommend a carry-on camera/video bag and incorporate your personal and mandatory items in that same bag. For instance, in a side pouch of your camera bag you want to carry a tooth brush, contact lenses, mouthwash (under 3 oz), and maybe a change of underwear just in case your luggage gets lost and any prescription medication. The concept here is for you to be mobile and self-contained.