21 February 2011

Great Video clip...

I have to say, I love this short video clip.  I attempted to publish this link a while back to a Youtube video, but they pulled it for some reason.  Now it's back.  Inspiring and very true.  The website they have leaves a LOT to be desired, but who ever made this clip, kudos!


16 February 2011

What have I done.....Spread the Magazines - A Proposal

It was that time of year again. Proposal time. Every year or two it's good to create a proposal and send it to the manufactures in order to secure sponsorship. How would I make this proposal stand out and paint the image I wanted them to see. It's always a challenge attempting to paint yourself in a great light, pat yourself on your back but at the same time do it in a way that isn't egotistical. I'd like to think I'm a modest person, so proposals have always been a challenge for me. This year was no different.

As most of you know, my main focus is photography. And the most important thing to someone who is sponsoring you is being seen. How have I been seen? I started to list out all of the magazines I've been printed in over the years. The list was rather long. I turned to my bookshelf next to my desk where I keep all of the proof copies of every magazine I've ever had images printed in and I got an idea.....

Sometimes a picture says a thousand words......
(since this shot was taken I've added 1 cover and at least 5 more magazines)

09 February 2011

New Canon 7D....

Over the holidays I went to visit my parents at my brother's place and got to play with my 20 month old nephew.  I couldn't have asked for more and a white Christmas to boot!  While I was there I was also able to get my hands on my brother's new toy, the Canon 7D.  He just got this camera and after slapping one of my L series lens on it I was off to play.  I've got to say, compared to my Canon 5D Mark II, the shutter was smooth and fast.  It was a pleasure to shoot with and the quality was on par with my Mark II.  I haven't played much with the HD video on either but it was fairly easy to shoot with and use.  Added to that he ended up buying B & H's kit, which includes Canon's 28-135mm $400 lens for an extra $200.  The 7D body alone runs around $1500, but the kit that includes the 7D and the 28-135mm lens is just $1699.  I owned this lens for a number of years and can say that's its a fantastic all around lens especially if you're looking for something to use in all conditions and NOT break the bank.






If you've got the 7D drop me a note and let me know how you like it!

02 February 2011

SkyVenture Colorado Invasion of Elsinore

At least once a year I make my way down to Skydive Elsinore for some reason or another and manage to squeeze in a few jumps while I'm there.  This year started out with a trip down to Elsinore along with most of the tunnel crew from SkyVenture Colorado.  It was their Elsinore Invasion event and enough people came down that we filled an Otter.  I pointed the camera again and bit down on the switch...here are a few of the choice shots.





It was a fun event indeed.  The great part about an event like this was taking people who have built up some amazing skills within a wind tunnel and helping them round out their overall skydiving in the air.  Breaking off, turning 180 and tracking, diving to a formation, taking a hit in a formation.  All skills that you can't acquire indoors and must be gained with real world skydiving.  All in all it was a great success and I'm sure we'll be back with another group later on in the year.

If you'd like to see the entire event gallery please click the link and enjoy!