Category Archives: Carpe diem

Think you can’t make a movie?

So, you think you can’t make a movie because you have no money, no equipment, and no training…  Game over, right?  Try telling that to Andre Rettedal from Norway.

Mitch over at Planet 5D found this great story of a young man who dreamed of movies… In spite of not having what you think is necessary to break into the business, he had all he needed: Motivation.

With only his script and £3000 in his pocket, he left home for London.  He found a small team, and in 6 days he had his film!  But the amazing part of this story is that he sold his film at the Cannes Film Festival!

Andre Rettedal - Filmmaker

Andre Rettedal - Filmmaker © Denton Distribution

Click the picture to read a bit more about Andre’s story, and then try to come up with an excuse as to why you can’t get out and tell your story!

Subtle Slider Action…

..with a subtle point.  I think there is another message in this video by [MTS]FILMS, but I am not exactly sure what it is…  Take a few moments and watch the video on Vimeo:

Actually, the narrator makes a very good point: Who cares what equipment and skills you may or may not have…  Just get out there and shoot!  (I need to take his advice!)

How far would you go to take a picture?

How far would you go to take a picture?  Would you climb a mountain?  Disguise your camera for public candids?  How about trespassing?  And if you do decide to trespass, what are your comfort limits?  How about trespassing into an operational rocket engine manufacturing plant?

Photographer Lana Sator did just that at a plant just outside Moscow.  In the process, she captured some amazing images!  (She also got the attention of government officials who are demanding that she take the images down…)

Rocket Engine Manufacturing Plant ©Lana Sator 2011

Rocket Engine Manufacturing Plant ©Lana Sator 2011

Luckily for us, Lana is refusing to take the images down, much to the ire of the government officials.  Click the image above to check out Lana’s site in Russian.  No need to worry, you can easily understand it through her photos… 🙂

So next time you go out to take some pictures, stop and think: Just how far would you go to take that perfect picture…?

Happy New Year

As it has been nearly 6 months since I last updated my blog, I made a resolution to keep my blogs current by updating them at least once per week.  I have been spending too much time in front of the TV or computer in non-constructive or non-creative ways for too long.  So, I decided to challenge myself to see if I can make a change for the positive this year!

I ran across this encouraging video through Twitter earlier today…  Since it is less than two minutes, give it a watch and see if you can take anything away from it.

I think the important part of this is to stop and think, as well as to start doing!

Here’s to a fresh new start to a brand new year!

More New Orleans photos…

So I have had a productive start to the Memorial Day weekend!  I was able to finish off another day of post processing photos taken during our trip to New Orleans.  I only have a few more days to edit, then I will have all the main photos up.

New Orleans Vacation

Click photo to visit gallery

The vacation was much needed after a long winter, as well as celebrating my rehabilitation after the accident last August.  It was the first time I was able to get out and take some pictures in quite a while.  I also had to realize some new limitations as I was unable to move the way I used to, so some angles were just unobtainable.

The trip was a success as Stacey and I had a great time, the sun and warmth did wonders for spirit (and leg!), but also really got us thinking about leaving Alaska at some point, sooner than later…

Be true to yourself…

Words of wisdom from Scott Bourne to aspiring photographers…

Find them here!

Time to head to Greece!

Traveling abroad is a very appealing proposition to me…  I have lived in Germany for a few years being a military brat, and while I may not have appreciated it at the time, looking back, it was an amazing experience and I am the better for it.  I hope that the wife and I will eventually be able to venture 0ut and see the world, but until then, here are some amazing photos from Greece, to tide us over!

Click image to take a virtual trip

Amazing!

Stormy Morning by Philipp Klinger