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To all the Ships at Sea –

Coming up to the 20th anniversary of digital (for me.) While researching a new book I came across this Kodachrome 64 slide of Tom Seaver.  It stopped me in my tracks.  Wow! Talk about butter!   Never to be seen again!



  To All The Ships At Sea –

I would imagine photographers are just like everyone else.  They get into a routine and take things for granted and that’s a very bad thing.  Anybody that knows me knows, that I shot Nikon Cameras from 1960 – 1984.  In 1984 I signed a contract with the IOC as a pool photographer.  I had to change from Nikon to Canon and from Kodak film to Fuji.  Not the easiest thing in the world to do but it had to be done to fulfill my advertising obligations with Canon, Fuji, and the Olympic Committee.

Suffice to say, Nikon makes very fine cameras and lenses. I found Canon to be not only equal but in many aspects a better fit.  Whether it was with sharpness, ergonomics, contrast, or speed.  The most important thing is that Canon  listens to both Professional photographers and amateurs.  It’s like one big focus group.  Their technical people are the best in the world.  They’ve always been there for me when I had any questions and have always had the answers.  Sometimes they’ve even had the answer before I had the question.  Rudy Winston who works for Canon, is not only a great photographer but also knows the equipment inside and out.  As far as I’m concerned he’s the go-to-guy on all aspects of the Canon System.  You’d think after being a working photographer for so long that I wouldn’t need help.  Wrong!  Things change constantly in the digital age of photography.

Below is a series of photos I did the other day with the 5D Mark IV and one of my favorite lenses the 100-400mm zoom.  It was late in the day with zero sunlight, lots of ice and difficult terrain.  I hope the photos speak for themselves.  Go out and make some photos.  One camera, one lens, two batteries , and two cards.  Keep it Simple Stupid!  The saying always works.


Win Number Two for Boxer Khalid Twaiti

To All the Ships At Sea –

Most of you know I have been photographing boxing for a long time.  I also have been working on a film titled IN THIS CORNER and it has been one of my ongoing projects.  Over the years, I have photographed Mohammed Ali, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Arturo Gatti, Gerry Cooney, Larry Holmes, and the list goes on.

While working on my film at Gleason’s I met a young man by the name of Khalid Twaiti over a decade ago. I believe he was 10 or 11 years old at the time.  He had fire in his eyes, passion in his soul and determination in his heart. He is also very bright young man.  Khalid has ten years at Gleason’s with an amazing amateur record.  He has a great trainer by the name of Don Saxby who also has the same passion dedication and heart. Not only is he a great trainer but a surrogate dad in and out of the ring. Khalid’s mom, dad, family, and friends are very much behind him. Put that all in the world’s largest blender and what comes out I believe to be the next lightweight champion of the world –  somewhere maybe between 118 and 127. Khalid will probably need another 36-40 months but will become Champion. There is no doubt in my mind.

Please enjoy the short video and stills from his recent fight in Brooklyn. https://vimeo.com/233877446

Please consider purchasing my book FILL THE FRAME “Recalling My Adventures as a Working Photographer from the 60’s to present day. The book describes his career working for publications such as SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, TIME MAGAZINE, HBO, rapidly followed by a brilliant career in Corporate and Advertising.  It’s also about how photography has evolved over the years.” FILL THE FRAME goes into detail about the many people I have photographed – celebrities, sports figures as well as so many others and his experiences working with them, and the stories behind the photographs.

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Indy 500

Hi to All the Ships at Sea,

The tulips are coming up, seems like the snow is almost gone and the Indy cars are starting to run. Remember what I said, one camera, one lens, all the time. Here’s a shot from the old days with one of my assistants. Count the cameras. Thank god for assistants. Would hate to be looking at his MRI today. On a recent Formula One, which in many ways is much more difficult than the Indy 500, I used 2 cameras and 2 lenses. Two Canon 5D Mark III, one 80mm-200  f/2.8 zoom and a second 5D Mark III with grip and 400mm f/5.6 and carrying a 1.4 extender. Gitso Monopod and 6 lexar cards, 8 gigs up to 32 gigs  Simple. Keep it simple. The photograph on the bottom was named by Sports Illustrated as the third best photograph of all time of the last 100 years.

All the Best,

Joe D

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My Second Rodeo

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I was so blown away by the rodeo experience that I decided to go back and shoot some video. My camera of choice was the Canon 5D Mark III with a Zacuto finder,a Manfrotto video monopod, and a 24-105mm Canon lens. We mounted the new GoPro HD2 on the bullfighter, for a view which I call from the inside out, rather than the outside in. The footage can now be viewed below, please take a look; there are some amazing images there. Can’t wait for my third Rodeo

Joe D

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Adorama Street Fair June 10, 2012

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When I was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Adorama Street Fair obviously I was honored. Anytime I can give back to our community I take the opportunity to do so.  Manhattan will always be my community. In a world where the dollar is golden the powers that be at Adorama are amazingly generous with their time and their location. They put a strong emphasis on photo education and considering how important photography is to us we take it seriously.  The attendance appeared to be twice as large as last year with more vendors and great fun for the whole family and it was for a great cause.  It does not get better than that.  Well, maybe it does get better than that.  On more than one occasion I’ve been quoted as saying “the best things in life are free.”  I was standing looking at a printer and a someone approached me and said hi ,Joe DiMaggio? He said you probably don’t remember me but you helped me out on a shoot with  Pelé when you were with Sports Illustrated.  I backed up another foot to focus on his eyes.  He was right I did not remember. I said what year was that and he said 1973.  I said that was 39 years ago (keeping in mind I’m only 29 years old.)  He reminded me I gave him some critical advice on how to photograph Pelé and I believe he said it changed his life.  Unfortunately, it was a sad time for David. He lost his dad at a young age and lost his mom the month before. As he explained it he was orphaned at age 16.  on his own and greatly appreciated my kind words. What he did and what he said was better than the equivalent of a check for $50,000.  What he did was free and what he did in making me feel good was wonderful.  It made my month. Brothers and Sister’s it’s all good.  Thanks, David who as it turns out to be good friends with Kayla Lindquist from Sony. I’ve called my publisher and you’re going to be added to my new book, Visual Literacy.  By the way he’s one hell of a photographer and here’s his website –    http://www.davidseelig.com

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To All The Ships at Sea

Today is Tuesday. I’ve had three back to back days – 14 hours, 15 hours, 12 hours and today I’m doing a short segment on Ricky Boscorino for our Photo Retreat in July.  Late last night or early this morning (I genuinely forget) I stumbled across an essay I did on Mountain Biking.  One frame got my attention. When we pick up a camera, we all strive to make a new photo but 99% of the time it’s been made before.  So we try to put a new spin on it. Guess what?  99% of the time someone’s already done that.  It’s up to us though, to keep trying. That’s what we do.  It’s all Good.  Canon film camera 14mm lens 1/250 f/5.6 film Velvia 50

Peak Action

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I had an opportunity to teach at the University of Arizona. It afforded me time in the desert, in the dead of winter to photograph some interesting characters. Here’s a young man taking a short cut. I had no idea he was going to do this. The lesson of the day is to make sure your camera is ready to go. Pre-select shutter speed, aperture, color balance, ISO, type of metering, and exposure compensation. The next part of the equation would be experience and some would say luck, I believe you make your own luck. This photo was taken with a 35 mm camera, a 100mm Macro lens, ISO 50, shutter speed 1/500 f/4, single exposure.