I was pleased to discover that the May/June edition of the Canadian publication, Service Truck, featured 16 of my images in a double truck ( a pair of facing pages in a magazine) article written by Dan Anderson for their column Spec My Truck. The idea for the article began over a year ago when I met the editor at the ConExpo trade show in Germany and pitched the idea of the article to him. While this regular column normally features an individual and describes how they have customized their service truck to fit their specific job, Dan interviewed the head of product support and wrote about how a company approaches customizing their entire fleet to meet the tasks required to service cranes. The editor requested a lot of images with specific vehicle details and it was fun spending a few hours with several fleet vehicles to come up with a fresh approach to capturing the story.
Excited to see one of my images from ConExpo be selected for the cover of the April issue of American Crane and Transport.
ConExpo is the largest construction equipment show in North America and occurs in Las Vegas every three years.
Here is link to the magazine: American Cranes and Transport
Morale of this story is be ready. Shooting with the Df and an 80-400mm during a round of golf in Western Florida, I came over a knoll to this wood stork. Camera was all set to go, so it was a straight forward click. Critters near golf courses are used to people so they tend to stay put. The fact that he had just caught breakfast was also occupying his attention….
During my recent trip to the Northern Yellowstone area around Gardiner, MT there were plenty of opportunities for photographing a wide variety of wildlife. And plenty of opportunities to get close-ups via Nikon’s great 600mm or go a bit wider with Nikon’s 300mm or 24mm-70MM. In telling the story, maybe these two images highlight the contrast between the two approaches.
I could have titled this “Confessions of a Former Eyeball Shooter” but that might not have looked too good in Google Searches. There is nothing wrong with a close-up or “eyeball shot” but if you’re in the middle of the winter wonderland of Lamar Valley in Yellowstone can you really show that if all you see is that critter’s face. So working with my friend Moose, and looking back over old files, I see myself going wider to tell the story.
I was flattered to have an image from the last ConExpo selected for the March cover of American Cranes and Transport, which also included their show guide for this year’s ConExpo. One of the largest construction equipment shows in the world, ConExpo occurs in Las Vegas once every three years and covers approximately 10 football fields of a variety of construction equipment. Thousands of copies of the magazine were given out to the roughly 400,000 attendees and it was pretty cool to see stacks of the magazine on display at their booth with this cover.
I have been on a quest (hence very little posting) to reorganize my files and make sure they are properly keyworded. Two recent covers were largely attributable to being able to find existing images fast and keywords can certainly aid in that process.
In going back over images, I have found a lot that bring back memories. This one is of a Greater Antillean Nightjar that I almost stepped on while touring some remote areas of the Bahamas several years ago. They basically just lay their eggs, no real nest as you can see from the second image. And it blends in really well as I never saw it until the last second. It never moved but I did. Then at a sufficient length away not to further disturb it, I shot the image below.