Rodeo, the Only Ones Hurt are usually the Contestants not the animals!

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To all the ships at sea,

I remember the first time I heard the expression, “It’s not my first rodeo.”  Well a few years ago, when I shot my first rodeo, I told the head Wrangler, “This is my first rodeo,” he thought that was pretty funny.  I will share this with you, I am totally petrified of horses.  The same way I’m petrified of skiing.  When I was 16 years old, never on skis, I was taken to the top of Terry Peak South Dakota Mountain, and put on the solid ice expert trail.  About an hour later, bruised, battered, and bleeding, I walked into the Chalet… get the idea?  Same year, two friends took me horseback riding, sneakers, no socks.  Some people just never learn.  I think I still have the scars on my ankles.  Galloping before I could walk, maybe that’s my life story.

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For our rodeo on Saturday, we had light rain.  I love shooting in the rain, whether it’s in Manhattan, Big Sur, or a Rodeo.  It really adds another dimension, a forth dimension, very very cool.  Basic rule of thumb; much higher ISO.  It was almost the longest day of the year, but 7:00 it was 0 dark thirty.  I kicked my ISO up to 3200, shot with my 200 mm f/1.8 (which looks like it went through Afghanistan twice, but it’s sharp as a tack), paired it with a 5d Mark lll, which is a well sealed camera,  and tried to keep my shutter speed up to 1/1500 at f/2.0.  You can see the results below, very shallow depth of field, but stopped the action quite well.  I very rarely shoot on continuous, but with rodeo, I make an exception.  Traditionally I shoot a lot of verticals, in rodeo, a lot of horizontals.  Bagged the camera (hermetically sealed with a white garbage bag).  My team members had a great time, everybody had a great time, and thank God none of the cowboys got hurt, and all of the animals were fine as well.  Life is good.  As my friend Willie Nelson would say, “I’ll see you on the road again.”

On July 18th.  See link below.

Next Rodeo

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A Beautiful Young Woman

When we closed our studio in Manhattan, and relocated to the Upper Delaware Valley, one of the problems we had was finding great models that had flexible schedules.  I was extremely fortunate to run into an extremely beautiful young lady by the name of Luisa Weinstein.  As it turns out, her husband Michael and I attended the same high school, Richmond High School, a couple of years back.  Michael’s a great trial attorney and was the District Attorney of Pike County.  While cleaning up an old file, I came across this photograph of Luisa, just thought I would share it with you.  Luisa and I did several shoots where she was an actress, an airline attendant, an ER doctor, an EMS tech, the list goes on.  The camera really loves her.

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Ace could win Westminister, or maybe Belmont… I don’t know which one.

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Like most photographers, when I’m feeling a little rusty, especially with my hand eye coordination (that really shouldn’t happen if your 25 years old right?), or if  just want to check out a new camera or new lens, I’ll take my best friend (my best male friend), Ace… my puppalupus.  He’s so much fun to be around, and to be honest with you, he makes one hell of a great model, especially when he makes eye contact.  I think what he’s saying is, “Joe I love you,” “Joe, if you get a hoop and set it on fire, I’ll jump through that.”  How many of our friends would do that?

To all the ships at sea, when you’re feeling a little rusty, go out and rent a puppy, steal a cat, or go to the zoo.

Have a great day.

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Craig Leaper

Wow, what a great way to get my face on my blog.  Craig Leaper has been with me on several photographic adventures.  He joined us for Chinese New Year last week.  I’m very fond of a few of these photos.

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Sandra Flickstein

To all the ships at sea,

I don’t know who said it first, but I believe the quote goes something like this, “I’d rather be lucky then great”… something like that.  Well, last Sunday Chinese New Year, the year of the sheep, ten photographers got very lucky.  Sub-zero weather sky rocketed up to 40 degrees.  My God, a Spring Day!  One of the photographers was Sandra Flickstein, she was with me on a few of the workshops and certainly did a good job at Chinese Year.  Kick back with a cup of coffee…or a glass of wine, and enjoy her photos, I certainly have.

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It appears Sandra caught me shooting with two cameras. The new Go Pro and the Canon 5D Mark III  in my right hand.

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The Greatest Things in Life are Free

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It never ceases to amaze me the greatest things in life are free.  A little tiny pat on the back, a smile, an acknowledgment that you’re doing well.  But the advent in the digital world, many free things are forgotten.  I was pleasantly surprised when I received a visit from Peter Poremba, the CEO of Dyn-alite, his beautiful wife, and his equally beautiful, charming daughter Olivia.  I’ve know Olivia since she was born.  She’s amazingly beautiful and bright.  She made this get well card for me, which is out being framed as we speak.  Olivia, thank you so much.  Peter and Conni, you done good!  A few snaps of Olivia taken approximately seven years ago, and her puppy Harley.

 

 

 

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Chinese New Year Photo Walk

Come join us on our trip to Chinatown for the Chinese New Year Parade on Sunday, Febuary 22, 2015.

http://www.dimaggio-kalishworkshops.com/chinese-new-year-photo-walk-sunday-february-22-2015-with-joe-dimaggio/

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It’s All Good

Hi to All the Ships at Sea,

Let’s see if I got this right-I don’t like Photoshop, right? Right. I don’t like software where you can manipulate images…right? Right. I believe everything should be done in the camera…right? Right. Never crop, right? Right. Less is more, right? Right. Digital will be just like 8-tracks, it’ll never last. So let’s check out the reality, I guess it’s impossible to be right all the time.

The photograph of this young lady catching a cod-fish off the coast of Prince Edward Island, up until today, was flat, muddy, indistinguishable and almost two stops under. There’s a technical  term in photography for a photo like this…it’s blank blank blank blank. Well through a little bit of work in Photoshop and NIK software it came alive.  The young lady’s name  is JoAnne Kalish.

All the Best,

Joe D

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I just received an e-mail blast from Adorama Pix referencing their photo books.  Both my partner JoAnne and I have made ten different books that we use as teaching tools. Making the photograph is what it’s all about.  In the world of digital we very rarely see our printed artwork. Adorama Pix offers us an opportunity to use our photographs and our creative sense of design and balance. To be quite frank it’s extremely satisfying to see the photograph on the printed page.  I remember in one of my high school classes, I had a history teacher that would always refer to the Gutenberg Bible as being the first work of art printed on a printing press. Here we are, 562 years later and each one of us can print our own book to our own specifications any time we want.  Yes, I was dragged into the digital world kicking and screaming and that is true but I’m like a 16-year-old kid because it’s just so magical and isn’t that what photography and film making is all about?  It’s all about the magic.

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