Sorry about the news shortened post yesterday but I was pretty deflated after writing for quite some time, only to have it all flushed away. Anyway, here’s a coupe of stories that I didn’t quite get to.
♦ – While cruising around TweetDeck (the coolest Twitter app I have ever used), I clicked on the “TweetDeck Recommends” button to see if there were any new Tweeters out there that I might be interested in following. As I was scrolling down the list, I saw Al Gore listed as one of the recommended choices. I was curious so I clicked on his name to take a look at his profile. I don’t know what shocked me more, the fact that Al Gore has over 1.6 million followers or that he has only tweeted about 65 times in the last year. But that’s not the real story here.
I decided to check out some of his tweets and one of the first ones I read said “See Tipper’s photography”. Well, you just know that I had to follow the link since the former VP put it out there for all to see. I got to her photography page and checked out her galleries and I have to say that Tipper is a pretty darn good photographer. Who knew? Anyway, if you would like to see some of her work and judge for yourself, just follow this link.
♦ – If you have been reading my blog for awhile then you probably know that I really enjoy HDR photography. I’m always curious to learn new techniques and software and then share them with you. Well, if there’s one person out there that is definitely even more into HDR, it has to be Trey Ratcliff. Trey is the author/photographer at the incredibly popular website, Stuck In Customs, and I just found out that he and I share more than just a love of HDR. It seems that he is now a published author as well. We even have the same publisher.
Trey has partnered with Peachpit/New Riders to publish what looks to be a fantastic book called A World in HDR. The book is filled with images from Trey’s portfolio along with extended descriptions, tips, and more information about how the photo was achieved. But this is more than just a coffee table style book because the the second part of the book contains Treys world famous HDR tutorial along with tips to, in Trey’s words, “help you get extra oomph in your creations!”
I have been a fan of Trey’s work for some time and I am extremely happy for him and his new book. It is due out sometime later this fall and can be purchased from your favorite booksellers but here’s a special twist. If you purchase it from Trey’s website, you can get an autographed copy. Or you can spring for the deluxe edition which not only has the autographed book but an signed and numbered exclusive 9×9 print. You can check out all the details at Stuck in Customs. Congratulations one again Trey on what looks like a great book release.
♦ – Finally today I thought I would share a video with you that I found yesterday. I came across it while my wife and I were looking for NGO info in Guatemala. What we were looking for specifically was a documentary called Recycled Life about the children who live around the largest landfill in Central America. What I found though was a story that was just too inspirational not to share. It’s about a former Reuters photographer, Nancy McGirr, who was working assignments in Guatemala near the end of their civil war. She decided that she had had enough of taking war photos and decided to do something else with her knowledge of photography. This is her story…
I was incredibly touched by the work that Nancy has done with the children of the landfill. Although she only planned on staying there for a limited time, she is now in her 18th year of helping the kids get out of the dump and into educational programs that will hopefully change their lives forever. If you would like to read more about Nancy’s organization, Fotokids, please check out their website. They are a charitable organization and they not only take donations of cash, but also photography gear of all shapes and sizes. She has a list of things on the website that they are in need of so if you needed a reason to clean out all that old photo and darkroom gear that has been gathering dust in your basement, here’s your chance.
September 11, 2001 – Never Forget
“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make” – Lennon/McCartney