Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 From My Window Seat

Departing from Chicago O'Hare
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From My Window Seat.  Images made in 2017.  Flying over 60 flights per year can get tedious,  how many magazines, movies, or boring passengers can you deal with.  Always taking a window seat alleviates some of the boredom.  Always something interesting to see, even if it is a cloud formation, it helps to think or dream.  It is a challenge to make an interesting photo, usually it occurs after departure or before arrival.  The other task is to practice downloading the image immediately from the camera to the iPhone.  The next step is to use phone apps to make adjustments and upload to Instagram. All something to keep me busy, sharpen skills and make some fun photos. 

Departing Newark Airport
Off the Florida Coast, Atlantic Ocean
Arrival in Havana, Cuba
Railroad yard, O'Hare Airport in Chicago
The National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and US Capitol
Shadow over Chicago
Seems a little to close for me.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

People’s Rally Against the GOP Tax Scam: Let the People be Heard

Senator Elizabeth Warren
December 13--Capitol Hill, Washington, DC--Over twenty sponsoring organizations, so one would think, there would be a massive crowd in attendance.  Maybe it was the cold temperatures, (low thirties), but the crowd was not as large as anticipated.  It seemed like 300 people, with a lot of journalists who were covering the event.  The magic of staging, in the photographs it seemed like a larger crowd.  It was up close a with Speaker in Waiting, Nancy Pelosi, Senators Sanders and Warren, Rep. Doggett, all who were rallying the converted, in protesting the tax cuts for the richest Americans.  
Senator Bernie Sanders
Leader Nancy Pelosi
It looked like a big crowd

Representative Lloyd Doggett
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Friday, December 08, 2017

National Guard Youth Foundation

Color Guard
December 05--Laurel, MD--The National Guard Youth Foundation supports the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. This program provides opportunities to young people who need a second chance for their education.  Forty sites throughout the United States provide educational opportunities for students to earn their GED as well as physical training, mentoring and life skills.  The Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy located in Laurel, Md serves the Washington, DC metro area.   Participants apply to enroll, there is a 5 1/2 month residential program.  The "structured" program is  military style where each person will earn their District of Columbia High School Diploma, develop job, leadership and academic skills as they improve their confidence, self esteem and pride.
Competitive Basketball Team
Honor & Service
Team Work
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All photos made with a Nikon D850.  The great thing working with young people is their ability to be patient and enjoy being photographed.  Plus getting them out of their daily routine, they were happy to "do it again" and "again.  Fun day with the cadets.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Joe Kennedy III

Joe and Lauren
Three assignments this year with Representative Joe Kennedy III. Joe participated in the Best Buddies Challenge in Boston, Massachusetts.  He played football and rode in the ride from Boston to Hyannis Port.  Joe was the invited guest luncheon speaker for the German American Business Council. The third event was meeting Sister Olga of the Sacred Heart, as she lobbied with In Defense of Christianity.
GABC Luncheon Speaker
Joe with Sister Olga on Capitol Hill
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

in Defense of Christians Annual Summit

At the press conference, His Beatitude John X Yazigi, Patriarch of Antioch and All of The East,  with His Beatitude Moran Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rai, Patriach of Antioch, and head of the Maronite Church

October 24-25--Washington, DC--Each year In Defense of Christians gathers religious leaders from around the world to advocate for the safety of the Christian minorities in the Middle East. They have a press conference at the National Press Club, Ecumenical Prayer, Policy Symposiums, and lobbying effort on Capitol Hill. Throughout the Middle East, there is a genocide happening, people are being persecuted because of their religious belief. View the issues on the IDC Website.

His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Ecumenical Prayer Service at St. Matthew's Cathedral
The Vice President speaking to the IDC Solidarity Dinner 
Lobby photo #1, Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart with Representative Joe Kennedy
Lobby photo #2, Mother Olga with two Representative in the tunnel.  
Lobby photo #3, Mother Olga with Representative Barbara Comstock.
Everyone stops for Mother Olga,  she is a powerful lobbyist. 
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Photos made with a Nikon D850 with the 24-120mm lens.  Mostly shot in low light, and high ISO.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Frontiers in Optics FIO Annual Meeting

Over 1200 attendees from all over the world
Sept 18-20--Washington, DC--Frontiers in Optics FIO, OSA’s Annual Meeting, encompasses the breadth of optical science and engineering and provides an atmosphere that fosters the exchange of information between those working on fundamental research and those looking for solutions to engineering problems. Special symposia and other major events further highlight major advances in many selected areas.  Throughout the conference there are Plenary Sessions, Visionary Speakers,  academia and research presentations, vendors halls and parties. 

Jason Eichenholz, Luminar Technologies, addresses the session, entitled
"Building the Vision for Autonomous Mobility"
Visionary Speaker Evelyn Hu of Harvard University
Answering a question, Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Science and Industry poster presentations. 
Participants in the OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Lunch 
Celebrating 100 years of OSA
Presentations of findings and scientific achievements highlighted the conference
Photos made with Nikon D850 and D810, 24-120mm Nikkor and 70-210mm Nikkor.  All shot with various ISO but on the high end in RAW files.  It ceases to amaze me how well these cameras shoot in poor lighting conditions.  With a little post production work in Lightroom, the images look good.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

DCP Productions: Hultby Spot

And you thought the locker room was always lit so perfectly.  Each scene is lit.  
August 31--Hockey Season--With DCP Productions, behind the scenes of their hockey spots. Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals Goalie.  Two days and five tv commercials made.  High Definition, crew of over 100, working fast and efficient.  See three of the spots Warm Up   Defends Off the Ice
On the Ice
To get those action on ice scenes, a camera is put on skates. 
A break, Braden Holtby
Camera on dolly and tracking the action. 
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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Grocery Manufacturers Association Leadership Forum

President Bush
September 9--The Greenbriar, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia--The annual Grocery Manufacturers Association Leadership Forum brings together the nation's leading food companies and associated industries to network, learn and celebrate.  There are many seminars that are vital to the growth and efficiency of the food industry.  If the average consumer would listen to any of the sessions, they would soon realize the intricacies of how food gets from farm to table.  Two keynote speakers discussed leadership styles and management anecdotes.  President George Bush and retired NBA Commissioner David Stern, provided insightful talks about their respective jobs.

NBA Commissioner David Stern
GMA Hall of Fame Achievement Award Robert Mariano with GMA Chairman Christopher  Policinski
Industry Celebration with the World Classic Rockers
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All photos made with a Nikon D810, 24-120mm Nikkor, 70-200mm Nikkor lenses
Lots of photos made on a stage, you need to stay alert for interesting expressions, provide the client with different angles because they have many uses for images from each situation.  Although, award presentation photos might seem routine, there are many things to coordinate.  Tell the presenter where to stand (an X is placed on the floor), make sure they take their name badges off, button the jacket, hold the award so it doesn't reflect the light, hold the position to get more than one shot, (someone always closes their eyes), and the technical aspects: the stage light and flash need to be balanced, be in position to get the photos all in front of hundreds of people, be quick because we must be on time. And you thought, photography was easy!!

Monday, June 05, 2017

Tom Brady & Best Buddies

Tom & Katie

June 02--Boston & Hyannis Port--Committed and involved, for over ten years, Tom Brady has donated his time to make a significant difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.  He is a spokesman that articulates the mission of Best Buddies.  It seems Tom is always in the middle of the event, leading the way to promote and share acts of kindness.  This is seen year in and year out.  Tom is a hero to all his Best Buddies.

Family Affair, nephew, sister and son

Team Huddle
Award Ceremony

Step and Repeat photos done over a hundred times

Criterion with Katie 
Criterion start

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Photos made with Nikon D810 24-120mm Nikkor & 70-200mm Nikkor