I recently received a message on facebook from a friend looking for advice on a travel camera. She wants to photograph her 4-week journey/adventure to the middle east to visit family, with a follow-up week at The Cochella Music and Arts Festival. To be completely honest I’m a tad jealous, but as a professional travel photographer I do have some pretty well tested thoughts and to help her (and possibly you) out in this matter.
Just one day after the Empire of Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, Franklin D. Roosevelt stood before a joint session of congress and delivered a speech on December 8, 1941 that would come to be one of the most infamous in our nation’s history. At the outset of that seven minute message to the nation President Roosevelt referred to December 7, 1941 as “a date which will live in infamy.” Today, December 7, 2016, 75-years later, those words bounce around my mind as I contemplate the sacrifice of the 2,403 killed and 1,178 wounded, Sailors, Marines and civilians.
One of the best things about traveling as a photographer is the ability to experience a variety of different events that you wouldn’t specifically seek out otherwise. At the start of a week of outdoor adventure and exploration around the Reno Tahoe area, I decided to head to Downtown Reno for the final Controlled Cruise for the week long classic car celebration Hot August Nights.
A few weeks ago I found myself in Philadelphia, PA for a magazine photo shoot. With about 8-hours of down time between scouting and the shoot, I set out with my camera, a desire to explore, some helpful advice from visitphilly.com, and an empty stomach. After a full afternoon/evening I come to know why people refer to this as the “City of Brotherly Love” (aside from the fact that Philadelphia is actually Greek for brotherly love which is derived from philos, “love” or “friendship”, and adelphos, “brother”. Sadly 8-hours was barely enough to scratch the surface of what this great city has to offer. If you find yourself in Philly, here are a few things that I learned to help you along your way.
2011 was an interesting year, with a lot of changes. The collection of images in the gallery below is the best way for me to share that.
SULLIVAN’S ISLAND, SC – APRIL 9: Civil War Reenactors from around the Unided States gather at Fort Moultrie on Saturday, April 9, 2011, in Sullivan’s Island, SC, to commerate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. (Brett Flashnick/For The Washington Post)
Tom Ledbetter, Associate Vice President of the Enterprise Campus at Midlands Technical College, photographed in the Accelerator Building.
, NASCAR Sprint Cup series Showtime Southern 500 at Darligton Raceway Saturday, May 7, 2011, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)
Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks to the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce at Christ Central Ministries in Columbia, S.C., Monday, July 19, 2011.(AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)
Ray Price Harley Davidson in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, August 2, 2011. (Brett Flashnick/flashnick visuals, llc.)
South Carolina Book Festival planner Paula Watkins enjoys a glass of wine and a good book at Hampton Street Vineyard, and a spa afternoon at Occo. in Columbia, S.C., Monday, August 8, 2011. (Brett Flashnick/flashnick visuals, llc.)
A surfer hits the break of an eight foot wave at Folly Beach in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, as Hurricane Irene causes larger than normal swells along the South Carolina coast. (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)
in Nashville Tenn., S.C., September 10, 2011. (Brett Flashnick/flashnick visuals, llc.)
A rainbow appears over Greenville Circle in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, following a severe thunderstorm. (Brett Flashnick/flashnick visuals, llc.)
9/30/11 8:53:53 AM — Greenville, SC — Exercise and breast cancer. Studies show that exercise/staying lean can reduce breast cancer risk, both for healthy women and for those who’ve had cancer and want to remain relapse-free. — Photo by Brett Flashnick, Freelance
, during the second half of their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at Williams-Brice Stadium, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)
Yamma Noyola Brown Lumar, left, Deanna Brown Thomas, center and Venisha Brown, right, daughters of James Brown, leave the South Carolina Supreme Court after justices listened to arguments by lawyers for family and trustees of the estate of James Brown, in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. The trustees are suing over a settlement pushed through by then Attorney General, Henry McMaster, which gave about half of Brown’s assets to a trust, a quarter to Brown’s widow and young son, and the rest to his adult children. (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)
I’ve been putting together galleries of my favorite images for the past seven years, and this gallery looks completely different than any other gallery I have shared before, and that excites me beyond belief for the potential to grow even more in 2012. I hope you enjoy looking through this gallery as much as I enjoyed putting it together. I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for us.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend some time on the coast at one of my favorite places in the world, my friend Charles’ river house on Fenwick Island. The best thing about Fenwick is that it is private, and with the exception of about 5 houses which are all owned by members of the Baldwin family, it is completely un-spoiled by the meddling of man. Wild, un-touched, and completely cut off, this is the perfect place for me to get back in touch with my personal vision, explore, and have an adventure fishing off-shore, and have deep philosophical discussions with others much wiser than I.
Lately I’ve been taking my job a little to seriously, and it is becoming something I do to have an income, instead of something I love to do. But then again lately I’ve been taking life a little to seriously. I suppose that is the curse of making something that you love to do your career. In some ways its inevitable to just take something lightly as you get older, because you begin to realize that you need to be able to make a car payment, rent, insurance, food, etc… But when you worry about all of that stuff you tend to forget why you really started doing this in the first place. Perhaps its just time to stop taking everything so seriously, and start having fun again. Maybe then things will just fall into place. Who knows how everything will work out in the long run, and if we did know that… what would be the fun in living life. Its time to get up off of the couch and go explore the world, have some fun, and see what happens. Its time to take the point and shoot out, like I did at the beach the other day, because its more about the journey than the resullts. In that moment when I wasn’t thinking about shutter speeds, f-stops, and iso, so I get to remember the sunrise, instead of how I photographed the sunrise. I think the line from the movie is “Don’t take life to seriously, you’ll never get out alive.”