Shutterfest 2017 – St. Louis

Shoot. Learn. Party. That’s the mantra here.

ShutterFest is all about growing as an artist and being around like-minded people who share the same love and passion of photography.

Had a great time networking with peers and working side-by-side with some of the leading professional photographers and educators in the world!

Here’s a photo of just a few of the Canon support staff at Shutterfest.

R.I.P. Lonnie Brooks

Lonnie Brooks (born Lee Baker Jr., December 18, 1933 – April 1, 2017) was an American blues singer and guitarist.

The musicologist Robert Palmer, writing in Rolling Stone, stated, “His music is witty, soulful and ferociously energetic, brimming with novel harmonic turnarounds, committed vocals and simply astonishing guitar work.”

I had the pleasure of seeing Lonnie Brooks play live several times.  He always put on a great show.  Here’s one of my photos from a 90’s show at Grant Park.

Chicago Polar Plunge 2017

The ANNUAL POLAR PLUNGE is a unique event which benefits Special Olympics Chicago and the programs it delivers to 6,800 athletes throughout the year! On March 5th more then 5,000 people jumped in Lake Michigan.  Dax Shepard was one of the first to dive in wearing his police uniform from his upcoming movie “Chips”.  That was followed up by the crew from the t.v. show “Chicago Fire”.  Maybe next year I’ll join in……maybe.

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Al Jarreau

So sorry to hear that Al Jarreau passed away today.

The first time I saw him was when he opened for Grover Washington Jr. at The Bottom Line, N.Y.C., September 1975. I’d never heard of him before and walked out of the show thinking it was the greatest vocal performance I’d ever heard. Still think so today.
Sharing 3 photos I took in 1989 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

R.I.P. Al Jarreau.

Explorers of Light at Imaging USA 2017

Each year Imaging USA brings around 10,000 amazing professional photographers who descend on a city for networking, friend-making and bonding.  This year the event took place in San Antonio, Texas.  The energy from the thousands of attendees, great speakers and the incredible gear from the Expo vendors makes for a truly spectacular conference.

As with most years, Canon threw a fantastic welcoming party on Sunday night in the Grand Ballroom at The Marriott Rivercenter Hotel.  The party was open to anyone with an Imaging USA badge.

During the party I was able to get several Canon Explorers of Light to agree to pose for me for a few group shots.  Images were shot with a Canon 5D Mark IV and the new Canon 24-105mm IS f4 lens.

The Explorers of Light concept came out of Canon USA in the mid 1990s as a broad-ranging initiative for photographic education and inspiration. Today, the group is comprised of dozens of the most influential photographers and cinematographers in the world, each a master of their creative specialty.

Millennium Park Music Video

I recently received a call from a Brazilian songwriter about a new song he just wrote.  It seems he was inspired by his visit to Chicago last year.  He hired me to shoot some shots of Cloud Gate, commonly known as “The Bean” for a music video he’s working on. He also needed some shots of the totem pole in front of the Field Museum.
Can’t wait to see the video.  It’s titled “Cloud Gate Dream”.  Meanwhile, here are some of the photos I sent him.

Cloud Gate, Millenium Park, Chicago

Women’s March on Chicago

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Grant Park Saturday for the Women’s March on Chicago,.  Attendance for the Chicago event more than tripled initial expectations, organizers said, to the point where city streets were so flooded, the march itself was canceled.

Event organizers estimated that 250,000 attended the rally, but city officials did not immediately release a crowd estimate. Attendance was three times what was expected and was among the largest outside the marquee Women’s March on Washington event.

A march to Federal Plaza in the Loop was canceled as the streets were filled with people. Despite the cancellation of the official march, many made their way to Federal Plaza anyway while the rally was going on.

Women's March on Chicago Photos January 21, 2017

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Fun with Green Screen Photos

From October 16th to October 20th, I photographed hundreds of people in front of a green screen at the Swan Resort, Disney Property, Orlando, Florida.  The booth was sponsored by Canon USA.  We gave people an opportunity to have some fun in the middle of long meetings and workshops.  After having their photos taken, attendees were able to pick out one of several backgrounds to be dropped in.  Canon then sent each person a digital as well as a hard copy of the image.

The event was Gartner Symposium ITexpo 2016.  It’s the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives.  It’s there that they share strategic views on the trends that shape IT and business.1_blog7k1c0068-copy 2_comp1 3_7k1c0151-copy 4_comp3 5_7k1c9927-copy 6_comp4