For the Pure Fun of It

To All the Ships at Sea –
As a working photographer I tend to forget what motivated me originally to take my first photographs.  A fat check of blank, blank, blank is a good thing but to be honest, when the check is cashed and the money is spent is that only what it’s all about?
Over the years I’ve realized that some of the most best photos I’ve taken were for the pure enjoyment of making that photograph and capturing that feeling, moment, or crazy idea in my head!  Understand I know there are people who spend hours and days photographing butterflies.  I’ve only attempted this maybe twice – not usually my thing. When I was on the phone with a gallery I was working with, I stepped outside and a butterfly flew by and landed on a flower.  All of a sudden I wanted to grab a camera and record what I saw but obviously couldn’t.   After I hung up with the curator I went outside and sure enough that butterfly was still there and I had another chance.  I went inside got my camera and took a few shots.  Maybe it wasn’t as good as the one I initially saw and I wouldn’t exactly call it a great photograph but I got a kick out of making it for the pure fun and enjoyment of just following this butterfly around to see if I could capture that shot again.   So there you have it…

©Joe DiMaggio

©Joe DiMaggio

©Joe DiMaggio

©Joe DiMaggio

GREAT DAY TONS OF FUN!

 

PhotoPlus at Jacob Javits Center

DynaLite’s Peter Poremba


To All the Ships at Sea –

Yes, I’m late with this blog… the last few days have been a little crazy.  Let me extend a thank you to my dear friend Peter Poremba, for hosting me at the DynaLite booth at Photo Plus.  It’s a little known fact that Peter is a great administrator, and the ultimate source of studio/location lighting. Yes that’s him in the tutu.  As the truth be known, it was actually my Tutu but since  I gained some weight the tutu no longer fits me. So, Peter agreed to put the tutu on to help promote my book FILL THE FRAME!  I would like to thank all my friends who came by to say hello and all the new people who stopped by to purchase my book.  By the way, the new battery operated Baja is very sweet and shoots TTL.  Like I always say DynaLite is the best lighting equipment ounce for ounce, pound for pound, dollar for dollar.  Not a commercial a fact!

“Recalling His 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 he has photographed – celebrities, sports figures as well as so many others and his experiences working with them, and the stories behind the photographs.
Book is $20 plus $4 shipping. You can pay by check, paypal or credit card (through Paypal.)  

Front Cover FILL THE FRAME

Alan Kaplan vs Peter B. Kaplan

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To All the Ships at Sea,

For whatever reason photographers rarely get together and socialize with each other.  Wow, what a shame that is.  Alan Kaplan, an internationally known photographer has been our neighbor for about 15 years. Only recently did we get together to break bread.  I’m only sorry we didn’t do this sooner. Alan’s wife Wendy is an international producer of films and a world class model.  Everybody knows my partner JoAnne and as Bill Shatner would say “also one of the finest photographers in the United States.”  Our lunch was wonderful as well as the conversation. Alan is one of the few intellectual photographers.  He’s not a button pusher he puts a whole lot of thought into his photography and his place on the planet.  Wendy is diametrically opposite – she’s a very quiet woman of few words, totally laid back, with no particular positions on politics, the human condition, or most matters.  NOT!  Wendy is very outspoken and dynamic. Don’t get on her bad side because she’s a tough broad which is a good thing!  Alan’s studio was one floor apart from my friend Peter B. Kaplan’s -another world class photographer and also was next to the artist who put the capital © in copyright but that’s separate blog.  That evening the four of us continued onto Malibu ranch to photograph a rodeo and had a great time which was   followed by a late night dinner at the Fauchére.  It doesn’t get better than that.

In a month or so Alan will be having a show on Ethiopia at Lenox Hill Hospital.

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

 

Sam Garcia: The Big Picture

To all the ships at sea,

Sam Garcia © Sam Garcia

Sam Garcia © Sam Garcia

Never let it be said that Sam Garcia has one hell of a sense of humor. He recently sent me a self portrait that he did all by himself with his new Leica Q. What I love about the photo is that he is so giddy! Take my word for it, this is Sam being giddy. I like the photograph. Sam takes any opportunity to remind me that I should consider becoming more flexible, no doubt he has a point. I’ll recognize the point but I’ll be damned if I’m going to change. Wow, that doesn’t sound too good, does it? Let’s move away from the words, and get to two great photos by the 2016 winner of the Pulitzer Feature

Photography winner, Jessica Rinaldi  (© Jessica Rinaldi Globe staff two photos below)

Strider © Jessica Rinaldi Globe Staff 21e

 

Strider © Jessica Rinaldi Globe Staff 20eIn the interest of cutting to the chase, my two favorite photos are #3 and #11, as presented in the online Boston Globe article. (https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/bigpicture/2016/04/18/winner-pulitzer-prize-feature-photography-strider-wolf/uwzY0ncftt9uO50Ay5MaEO/story.html)

University of Missouri School of Journalism vs. Captions.

 

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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©CraigLeaper

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©CraigLeaper

©CraigLeaper

©CraigLeaper

©CraigLeaper

©CraigLeaper

©CraigLeaper

©CraigLeaper

©CraigLeaper

©CraigLeaper

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.

©SandraFlickstein

©SandraFlickstein

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

©SandraFlickstein

©SandraFlickstein

©SandraFlickstein

©SandraFlickstein

©SandraFlickstein

©SandraFlickstein

James O. Wilson Jr.

To all the ships at sea,

My friend James O. Wilson Jr. recently sent me some beautiful photographs that he would like to share.

Hello Joe and JoAnne,
Hope you’re in good health and high sprits wherever you are. I love that your never static. True vagabonds, without the negative connotation of course. As you already know, I’m not a social media guy. I’m great at starting emails, but they almost never go past the draft stage. Which reminds me I better keep this short (smile). I was in Spain in September and October. And since December, here in UAE. I miss you guys and would love to return to Cuba in April, especially with the easing immigration policy, but my schedule won’t allow it this go around. I’m sure the trip will be one to remember. That’s all for now.
Looking forward to attending a workshop when I return.
Ever in my thought and prayers,
Be well,
Jim
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