Monthly Archives: August 2012

Hockey photography videos.

The Fstoppers showed off a video of a hockey photoshoot a few days ago, and a user on that page linked to another one on Vimeo.  I figured I’d post them both here.  Some very, very cool work goin’ on with regards to hockey.  Definitely better than my own.  There’s always something to aspire to.  Here they are!  Enjoy.

Monte Isom Shoots Molson Export Hockey Sports Advertising campaign from monte isom on Vimeo.

FREEZE from Jan Hinkel on Vimeo.


Five Secrets to really enjoying photography.

This is something I’ve struggled with from time to time, and I think every photographer (or artist of any kind) does.  Hell, there was a period of three months or so where I didn’t even pick up my camera (due to a large number of factors), but still.  It’s safe to say I wasn’t enjoying photography then.. because if I was, I’d have used my gear.

Anyhow, I came across a post today on PhotoFocus that was from August 13th regarding five secrets to enjoying photography.  Thought I’d share it here:

(the following is taken from the original post on the PhotoFocus website, written by )



If you’re reading this site, chances are about 99-to-1 that you enjoy (on some level) photography. But this post is intended to help you REALLY enjoy photography. It’s based on nothing but my own observations and opinions so feel free to consider it carefully or reject it outright. Maybe it will help someone – I hope so. Here are MY five secrets to really enjoying photography.

1. Get off the couch and go make a photo. Thanks to the Internet, and media in general, there are literally hundreds of thousands of possible distractions out there that can keep you on the couch. Unless you have a VERY interesting living room, go out and shoot.

2. Photograph what you love. Period. End of story. Don’t photograph something that you think you SHOULD love – or that someone else is telling you to photograph (unless they are paying of course) and just shoot what matters to you.

3. Stop worrying about new – and worry about being you. Just be yourself. The mistake too many photographers make is thinking that they have to do something nobody has ever done before. Just go make pictures from your heart that represent your interests and the rest will work out.

4. Don’t fret over gear. Go shoot with whatever you have. Your passion, your eye, your desire to tell a story with a camera – any camera – will lead to more satisfaction than having a fancy camera. In fact, it can make things even more fun if you purposely limit your gear.

5. Ignore the trolls. No matter what you do, how good it is, or how great is is, there is still someone back on the couch who’d rather be an armchair quarterback than actually go do something that matters. Stay off the online camera forums and let the trolls talk to themselves. You’ll have a better time out there with your camera.


Mars’ newest visitor: The Curiosity Rover

Ok, so this doesn’t have much to do with photography, but it has a lot to do with something very cool… so I’ll get right to it.  In case you didn’t know, on August 6th, 2012, the NASA Space Center landed a rover called Curiosity on the surface of Mars.  It was launched on November 26th, 2011 and traveled 352,000,000 miles to get to the red planet.  The idea behind all of this is to study the habitability of the planet, to investigate the possibility of life, and to study geology, climate, and to gather all sorts of other data.

Curiosity is larger than the Spirit and Opportunity rovers that NASA landed in 2004 (Spirit was operational until 2010, but Opportunity is still going strong)… it’s twice as long, and five times as heavy.  The entire project cost a whopping 2.5 billion dollars.  By comparison, the Spirit and Opportunity project cost around $925 million.

Okay, now it’s geek time.  Curiosity sports two (identical) on-board computers.   Each computer contains radiation-hardened memory to tolerate the extreme radiation found on Mars, 256k of EEPROM (used in computers and other electronic devices to store small amounts of data that must be saved when power is removed, like calibration tables or device configuration), 256mb of RAM, and 2GB of flash memory.  The Curiosity rover has 17 cameras in all.  The main cameras are called MastCams… and they take images at 1600 x 1200 pixels, and can do 720p (HD) video at 10 frames per second.  Each camera has 8GB of memory, which can store around 5,500 RAW images.  One of the MastCams has a fixed 34mm lens at f/8 (about 15° field of view) and the other sports a fixed 100mm lens at f/10 (5.1° field of view).

Yes, it is odd to me that something like this cost SO much money, and they didn’t seem to put all that much processing power in it.  Not only that, it doesn’t seem to have the greatest cameras.  However, we’re not trying to see what sort of monster computer we can put on the surface of another planet, or trying to take gigapixel images of said planet… we’re there to explore it, and do scientific experiments… and I (and I’m sure there are millions of others) absolutely adore that we are on Mars again, going after the age-old question:  Is there life elsewhere in the Universe?

Below is the first image sent by Curiosity, shortly after landing:

Here is a photo from @MarsCuriosity on Twitter.  I highly suggest you follow it if you’re a Twitter user.  It tweets in the first person!  The caption of this one is “Me & My Shadow… & Mount Sharp”

And finally, ladies and gentlemen; this is how it’s done at the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL):

(I got a lot of this information from wiki, some from other random websites as well.  It’s not hard to find.)