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Until a month ago, coming home with a sore neck from carrying my cameras during an assignment seemed as much a part of my business as waking up in the field for first light, or spending inordinate amounts of time away from home. For quite some time, I had been daydreaming about a camera mount system that could distribute the weight of my camera onto my belt rather than my shoulders and neck.
To my delight, shortly before leaving for a three week assignment in Alaska to teach for Lindblad/National Geographic, I ran across a Kickstarter project touting a clever product called the CapturePRO® V2 by Peak Design®. Continue reading
Two and a half years ago I photographed a climate change story for The New York Times at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. While on assignment, one of the NOAA scientists was kind enough to give me the tube (pictured below), with a admonition that I should hang on to it – as it is a historical sample of the CO2 levels below 400ppm – probably the last years it will be under this benchmark in our lifetimes. His prediction came to pass this May as the concentration of CO2 in the earths atmosphere passed the 400ppm mark.
Robert Kunzig, a senior editor for National Geographic magazine, wrote a brilliant piece explaining some of the history behind the Keeling curve and putting the 400 ppm CO2 threshold in historical context. It is well worth the read.
A few years ago I had the honor of joining the National Geographic Image Collection as a contributing photographer. Now – For the first time, National Geographic has gathered its expansive archive of still and moving images and its roster of award-winning photographic and filmmaking talent and made them accessible to the creative community in one place, through National Geographic Creative.
National Geographic Creative is an in-house agency that brings together National Geographic’s photography and video stock collection and talent representation agency. The agency licenses National Geographic photography and video to commercial and editorial clients and makes National Geographic talent available for custom marketing campaigns, in branded and non-branded formats. The agency has just launched a fully searchable, intuitive database at NatGeoCreative.com.
Time for creative destruction of the creative cloud
On May 6th Adobe announced its next iteration of the Creative Suite titled Adobe Creative Cloud. The software will be offered as a subscription only and priced (for existing users) at $49.99/month for the entire Creative Suite and $19.99/month for Photoshop only.
I won’t be upgrading. Let me tell you why…
Two and a half million years ago
Long before Homo Sapiens
Joined earths great show
A photon of light left Andromeda
On a day we now call Hannakua
Racing across time and space
It’s fellow photons gave it chase
To reach the nearest solid mass
Which happened to be my camera’s glass
I hope the photons aren’t too bummed
That to my camera they have succumbed
For though my prints they are archival
I can’t guarantee another 2.5 million year survival
Born in fire
Black rocks aspire
To cool their souls
In the oceans watery shoals
Rounded by time
Their souls sing of the divine
As they patiently wait
For their inevitable fate
To be polished and worn
Until they are re-born
And dance with the tide
Always by the oceans side