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Five Fab Fotos with David Peterson, A Visual Conversation with Imaginative Professionals

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Meet David Peterson, Freelance Photographer and Two-Time Winner of the Pulitzer Prize:
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I have been a photojournalist for over 33 years, beginning my career at the Topeka Capital-Journal. For 30 years I was a staff photographer and special projects photographer for the Des Moines Register. I recently left the newspaper business to freelance.While at the Register I won two Pulitzer Prizes, the first in 1987 for Feature Photography for a photo essay on Iowa’s Farm Crisis. The work was done with the help of a Nikon/NPPA sabbatical. I shared in another Pulitzer in 1991 for Community Service for a story about a rape victim. Seven of my photographs were included in the entry. Other accolades while at the Register include two stints as judge for Pictures of the Year, White House News Photographers contest judge, three times Region 5 Photographer of the Year, and numerous other local, regional and national awards.I…

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Five Fab Fotos with Ian Spanier, A Visual Conversation with Imaginative Professionals

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Meet Ian Spanier, Freelance Photographer:

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There is nothing original anymore, there’s new, and different, but everything can be traced back to some influence at sometime or another. As photography has changed, mostly through technology at this point, finding your voice has become harder and harder. For me, reminding yourself of your influences is a necessity to stay focused on where you want to go. There’s a reason, at least for me, the masters are the masters. How they affect me now I feel continues to force my eye to a certain place, allow my brain to interpret things I see and create images the way I choose. Limiting this number to just five is not quite accurate, and not listing the great painters that influenced me like Sargent, Hopper, Chuck Close and Homer leaves out much of what formed my vision. Nonetheless, here’s five of my favorites:


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Five Fab Fotos with Carlos A. Moreno, A Visual Conversation with Imaginative Professionals

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Meet Carlos A. Moreno, Photojournalist:

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Moreno, who specializes in editorial, documentary, corporate, fashion, product and visual journalism. His photojournalism work has been published and syndicated in The New York Times, The Rockefeller Foundation, voiceofsandiego.org, the Associated Press, the Bay Area News Group, and others. He is based out of San Diego, and lives near the U.S.-Mexican border. He travels all over California, parts of the U.S, and Baja California, Mexico for assignments, as well as for commissioned work. He is always open to new clientele. When he is not pursuing his own personal work or new freelance clientele, his day job is being a staff photographer at Designer Studio INC and teaching private digital photography classes over the weekend.

For more info: carlosmorenophoto.com

There are many images in my short career that have had an impact on how I work as a photographer.  None as vivid in real time as the story of…

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Cubs Win! Advance to the NLCS

Fox News Republican Debate

The Republican candidates take to the stage:

 

Hiroshima 70th Anniversary

The city of Hiroshima commemorated the moment when in 1945 the first atomic bomb known as “Little Boy” instantly killed at least 60,000 people. Three days later, “Fat Man” killed around 40,000 others in Nagasaki.

Left picture : At the time this photo was made, smoke billowed 20,000 feet above Hiroshima while smoke from the burst of the first atomic bomb had spread over 10,000 feet on the target at the base of the rising column. Six planes of the 509th Composite Group, participated in this mission; one to carry the bomb Enola Gay, one to take scientific measurements of the blast The Great Artiste, the third to take photographs Necessary Evil the others flew approximately an hour ahead to act as weather scouts, 08/06/1945. Bad weather would disqualify a target as the scientists insisted on a visual delivery, the primary target was Hiroshima, secondary was Kokura, and tertiary was Nagasaki. Right picture : Atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, taken by Charles Levy.

Left picture : At the time this photo was made, smoke billowed 20,000 feet above Hiroshima while smoke from the burst of the first atomic bomb had spread over 10,000 feet on the target at the base of the rising column. Six planes of the 509th Composite Group, participated in this mission; one to carry the bomb Enola Gay, one to take scientific measurements of the blast The Great Artiste, the third to take photographs Necessary Evil the others flew approximately an hour ahead to act as weather scouts, 08/06/1945. Bad weather would disqualify a target as the scientists insisted on a visual delivery, the primary target was Hiroshima, secondary was Kokura, and tertiary was Nagasaki. Right picture : Atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, taken by Charles Levy.

Little Boy unit on trailer cradle in pit on Tinian, before being loaded into Enola Gay's bomb bay.

Little Boy unit on trailer cradle in pit on Tinian, before being loaded into Enola Gay’s bomb bay.

The Enola Gay is a Boeing B-29 bomber, named for Enola Gay Tibbets, the mother of the pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets.  On 6 August 1945, during the final stages of World War II, it became the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb.

The ground crew of the B-29 "Enola Gay" which atom-bombed Hiroshima, Japan.  Col. Paul W. Tibbets, the pilot is the center.  Marianas Islands.  US Army Airforce Photo

The ground crew of the B-29 “Enola Gay” which atom-bombed Hiroshima, Japan. Col. Paul W. Tibbets, the pilot is the center. Marianas Islands. US Army Airforce Photo

The bombings were credited with ending World War II, but they left the cities in ruins, with generations suffering the effects of radiation poisoning. Tens of thousands more later died from cancer and other illnesses.

The Hiroshima Genbaku Dome after the bombing.  Photo of what became later Hiroshima Peace Memorial among the ruins of buildings in Hiroshima, in early October, 1945, photo by Shigeo Hayashi.

The Hiroshima Genbaku Dome after the bombing. Photo of what became later Hiroshima Peace Memorial among the ruins of buildings in Hiroshima, in early October, 1945, photo by Shigeo Hayashi.

Hiroshima after the bombing.  Effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. View from the top of the Red Cross Hospital looking northwest. Frame buildings recently erected. 1945.  US Gov Photo

Hiroshima after the bombing. Effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. View from the top of the Red Cross Hospital looking northwest. Frame buildings recently erected. 1945. US Navy Photo

Hiroshima Aftermath, cropped version with writing of Paul Tibbets.  Tibbets was a brigadier general in the United States Air Force and the pilot of the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb, the Enola Gay.  US Navy Photo

Hiroshima Aftermath, cropped version with writing of Paul Tibbets. Tibbets was a brigadier general in the United States Air Force and the pilot of the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb, the Enola Gay. US Navy Photo

The faces of the Suicide Squad revealed

The hype is starting to build for the upcoming Suicide Squad movie.  I’m a fan of the superhero movie, including the anti-superhero or super villain movies.  There’s not many, but DC has been in the forefront IMHO.  The animated movies that they have released over the years are great.

I haven’t followed the Suicide Squad that much in the comics.   With the new 52, the team has changed, but the key members remain.

I, like the rest of the world was a bit taken back by Jared Leto’s interpretation of Mr. J:

This look is growing on me.  It really makes him look crazy and we all know the Joker is crazy above all else.  I like the idea that he has “suffered” a bit while at Arkham, thus causing him to alter his look.  Maybe the tats represent certain events in his life.  Similar to the tats on members of the Russian mob.  Anyone who poses with a Nikon can’t be that bad. Right?

Everyone seems really excited about Will Smith being cast as Deadshot:

Here is comic book Deadshot.  What do you think?

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I wonder how much screen time Smith will actually be under the mask?  Why pay so much for him and then cover his mug up?  I hope the big wigs took this into account when they offered him the role.

What do you guys think, are you excited about this movie?  Is there a story arc I should read to help get me up to speed?  If so, let me know.

**Update**Royal baby fever, again. The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge have 2nd baby

**Update**  After only 12 hours, Kate decides to take her new baby and head home.  I’m not sure, but it seems like that’s rather quick.

So we can all take a deep breath and enjoy the birth of a new royal.  Kate Middleton gave birth to a 8lb 3 oz baby girl this morning.  Breaking tradition, the Royals made the announcement over Twitter.

I think its pretty cool that a mix of both old and new technology is being used to make the announcement. The big question is,Should we be excited?