A Look Down Memory Lane: Instant Photography

For those who may not remember this, but back in the day Polaroid was Hip, Cool and cutting edge technology. Imaging making a photograph and seeing the final image in SIXTY SECONDS. WOW !

If you can’t see the video above Click Here

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Cycling Fever

Hey Gang

Sorry for my absence but I recently came down with a bout of cycling fever. Namely the Tour de France.

Watching the riders race across the French countryside took up more of my free time them I had thought.

I’m back now and will get back to my regular posting schedule very soon

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Model Release Pal (beta) for Android

If you are a photographer you probably have heard about “Easy Release” (by ApplicationGap) the iPhone app that lets you be able to get a signature on a model release right on your iPhone/iPod Touch. Which is fine and dandy but what about those of us who are on an Android OS phone?

Recently release (in beta) is Model Release Pal by Xil3 Media (although I find it interesting that there is no mention of the app on their site).

I’ve been playing with it and honestly, I’m not too impressed. Obviously it’s a beta so this isn’t the final (at least I hope not) and maybe more functions will be added for the final release.

Model Release Pal (beta) by Xil3 Media

The one thing I like about this app is that I can upload my own current model release. You just copy over a PDF file into the apps contract folder and that’s it. According to the makers of Easy Release, their next version will have customizable text.

Just like the iPhone app, your subject can sign right on the phone’s screen. I’ve done this using my finger (not too good) but would like to try using a stylus (I used to have one for my old Palm Treo but don’t know where it is these days).

Thats pretty much it. The app doesn’t allow for any other info beside some notes. Fields for contact info as well as how much money (or other type of payment) was exchanged. Unlike the iPhone app, you can’t attach a photo (for reference) to the release

Finally after all is said and done, you finish your shoot, the model has signed the release. Now what? Well, you can Export the release as a Zip file attached to an email. What you get on the other end is a Zip file that has the original PDF release and a PNG file of the signature. Thats it! Personally I’m not too sure how legal a release that is accompanied by a signature is.

ApplicationGap states in their FAQ that an Android version is in development. Right after the iPhone release I emailed them asking about a Droid version. They stated if they got enough people asking for one, they would look into it (I reckon they did)

So for know, I’m not recommending Model Release Pal (beta). I think they might have done better waiting to have had an app with something other then a signature screen.

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Iconic Legos


Photographer Mike Stimpson has recreated some iconic photographs using Legos

Click Here to see his FlickR Photostream

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Photo Location: McDowell Grove

One thing I thought I would do with this blog )that I don’t think would fit into my biz blog) is to write about locations I have found.

Today I want to write about McDowell Grove in Naperville, Ill.

The word that I would use to describe it is Pristine

I’ve photographed in a number of Parks/Forest Preserves and I gotta say this was beautiful. No trash on the ground. No cigarette butts. No empty beer cans. McDowell Grove looks almost like a private estate.

There are plenty of trails to wander on, with open fields along the way.

Click on Image to view the entire gallery (Caution: Link contains Adult Content)

Along the way you can find intimate areas just off the beaten path which are beautiful for more private photography. Away from prying eyes.

I recommend shooting on weekdays and early in the day. Before the place gets occupied.

As far as I can find, DuPage County does not require permits for photography

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What The Duck

I love What The Duck. So much Truth in three little frames

I think all photographers have had this happen to them more then once

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So Why a 2nd blog?

Easy, I have gotten into the habit of blogging daily at my business site vrbuzard.com but quite often what I want to write about doesn’t fit into the reason why that site exists. Namely to build my business.

Like most folks, I have multiple interests. I love photography (that’s why I do it for a living) but I also love cycling & running. I’m interested in eating well and Healthy Lifestyles. Then there’s living GREEN as well as Technology. Like I said, writing about these items doesn’t fit into the goals of my business blog.

Also, I am a creative. It’s what I do. Not just photography but other areas as well. I’m not a great writer but I enjoy doing it.

For me it doesn’t matter if I have 10,000 subscribers or only 10. What matters is that I am creating something and offering it to the world. Much like photography, it’s not about pushing the shutter release, it’s about sharing the results with the world. Who cares if they like it or not. Every time I create a personal photo art project, I always print it out and hang it on the wall for a month. If after the month I still like the photo, then I know I have something.

So thats why I’ve made this 2nd blog. This will be a place for me to share, not just my own photo projects but to share myself with you. And I hope you will return the favor and share yourself if only in the comments section

Heck, if I get consistent posting to this blog then I may start up a health & fitness as well.

Sharing what I enjoy with others, that’s what it’s all about

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