Monday, August 27, 2018

View from my window seat

Chicago Skyline, on the approach to O'Hare, we flew over the south side
 since the north side was preparing for the Chicago Air Show. 
Flying does get a bit tiring but the travel is important, both for business and family.  One task that keeps me occupied is watching the view from my window seat.  Luckily, flying on United as a frequent flyer each reservation a window seat is possible.  Often the spectacular views happen during take off or approach to landing.  Flying out of Washington National Airport the wide vistas of the National Mall or The Pentagon are seen.  On the approach to Chicago O'Hare depending upon the flight path, one can catch the magnificent Chicago Skyline.   Although the same scenery is the same, the time, the light, the weather, and season makes each instance magical.
On the departure from Washington National, the National Mall
Washington Monument. Tidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial 
On the approach to Washington National, flew over Dulles.  
Departing Houston, The fire department gave us a water salute.  On the flight
were Special Olympic Athletes on their way to the USA Games.

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The still images made with a Lumix G9.  The camera's compactness and ability to capture images in low light and the amazing resolution help to make these shots fun.  

Sunday, August 26, 2018

American John McCain

Senator John McCain
Senator McCain relaxed and at ease, listening to a question. 
In 2014, on assignment for the Middle East Institute, Senator John McCain presented his world views to the conference.  Maybe not the most iconic image of the senator, but it was the imaged that branded the event for the organization.  Senator McCain was a respected statesman on both sides of the aisle.  He said it as it was, maybe everyone didn't agree with some of his stances, but he respected others and their opinion.  A smart and insightful thinker, he provided a sense of fairness that he had the best interests of the American people and our country.  America First.

When he ran for president, I was a worker for the photo gallery during the Republican National Convention. In my opinion, McCain seemed to be a forceful and viable candidate.  Until he made his vp selection.  It went all downhill for me.  However, over the years as a Senator, I realized his greatness.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Trump image in New York Times

New York Times July 26, 2018
August 24--During the NBC show season 2 of The Apprentice, I was the set photographer for 11 days.  Got to stay at a wonderful hotel around the corner from Trump Tower.  The job was to photograph all the on air content during taping.  Spent time with Trump executives, George and Carolyn.  Both were impressive in their intelligence and friendliness.  Watching the contestants in the game was interesting.  The job was to document and be a "fly on the wall", thus did not have much interaction with contestants or the staff.

It started yesterday, receiving emails from news organizations requesting rights and usage for the image of Allen Weissellberg, Donald Trump and Carolyn Keptcher. Originally the story appeared in The New York Times in July 26th.  The photo was made in Central Park, New York City during a description of an upcoming task for the contestants.  When the photographs were made didn't really know who all the characters were.  The captioning was left to the production company.