Friday, August 18, 2017

The Reality Of Trying To Do It All By Yourself


The reality comes when you realize that you have so many projects going at one time that all of them suffer to a degree. Stark reality has managed to slap me in the face today. It appears that I have spent so much time on my photography that my work with music and the travel industry has all but disappeared into my archives. That changes today.

I will start posting new music stuff on this blog very soon, but if you would like to see more of my work with music now please visit Better World Music @


Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Day in the Life


Clicking the shutter is the easy part, of course. However, it is easy to forget everything you know about lights, camera and action if you do not work with it every day. You realize that very quickly once you are back in the field. And, I am getting to know my camera manual again.

But, now that you have clicked the shutter what else do you do if you are trying to make a living as a photographer?
1. Keep a record of every cent you spend.
2. Keep a record of every thing you see.
3. Watch how your photos are recording via the histogram.
4. Wrap the trip up. Make sure you have everything you came with.

Now comes the fun part.
1. Upload your new photos to your computer.
2. Review them. Discard what you definitely know you don't want to work with. This should be a very small amount of files.
3. Export the files that you want to work with right away.
4. Batch edit the exported files. This will give you less to work with in the long run.
5. Edit (pop) your files. Get them ready to post and/or turn over to you client.

All of that stuff is the easy part. A 2 hour shooting session can easily give you a full day lab work, and possibly 2 or 3 days of lab work. And, this is your day when you are only working on your projects.

But, what about getting clients? And, what do you do with them when you get them?
Long before you click the shutter for clients you have a mountain of work to even let them know that you are in business to serve them. You have to target your audiece for the style/specialty of photography that you do. Research is the name of the game here. Magazines, manuals, books, walls, galleries, newpapers, etc. - they are all important resources. You have to find people that use your style of photography. Contact those people. Get samples of your work in front of them so that they can see what you do. Tell them how you can be productive for them. Nudge them good, but don't push them. They have the money.

So, now you've got the client. Now you have done the shoot. Now you have edited the shots, and sent them to your client. Now what. Well, I ask for a review of my work from my client. And, then I go home and think about what I did right, what I did wrong, and how I can do better. And, I do the bookkeeping for the shoot. After that I go to work trying to find more clients, and trying to sell my stock photography. It is a never ending process that drives me crazy, and I love it.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Looking Forward


This week has moved exceptionally fast, and I have finished at least one major project. So, now I can move on to better, more fun and more challenging things.

Up until now, while getting settled in my new home my only project in photography has been to visit the local parks and trails in and around the Las Vegas Valley. And, that will continue. In the future, however, I plan to start (and soon) shooting at small venue music sites. I will shoot open mic events, busker shows, and in the bars and cafes where musicians are honing their crafts and maybe making a few bucks. And, hopefully, I will find musicians who are open to playing and recording songs that I have written. Also, there are community events like art fairs, walkathons, political rallies, hot air balloon shows, car shows, and other events always happening all over the Las Vegas Valley, I plan to shoot at community events of all kinds. And, of course, Las Vegas is the convention center of the world.

I have now lived in Las Vegas since May 2 of this year. Yet, I have only been to The Strip 2 times spending a total of about 4 hours there. Primarily I have had too many other projects going to dive into photographing The Strip. Doing so will come, but it will come on my leisure time. If you are a people watcher there is always plenty to photograph on the strip. And, I find that the best way for me to do it is to find a place to sit down and let the photo moments come to me. However, on these preliminary trips I am touring The Strip just to see the changes that have been made. And, there has been a bunch of changes.

Although I will, from time to time, post about The Strip it is not my primary purpose for coming to Las Vegas. I have been visiting Las Vegas since I began a 35 year career in the trucking industry in 1974. I have watched it grow, and grow, and grow, and grow. And, I have watched The Strip change, and change, and change, and change. But, the one thing that does not change is the kind of people who move there, and stay. They are dreamers, and they are doers. And, they stay with a determination that I seldom have seen anywhere else. It is the locals of Las Vegas that make Las Vegas what it is. Las Vegas is a place where people can visit for a weekend and do things that they would not dare to do at home. Las Vegas is not a place where most dreamers will accomplish their dreams, but it is a place where people can bring their dreams, hone their crafts, and learn from the real professionals. In other words, the pay is not much, but the exposure can be priceless.

Finally, the following photos are from yesterday mornings walk for Vivaldi Park to Sonata Park, my second leg of Seven Hills Trail. There are spurs from this trail that lead to the Lord only knows where. Maybe someday I will explore all of them, but I do have the desire to expand my activity beyond photographing city parks. But, I want to show that there is more to Las Vegas than slot machines and strip joints. I still have a little more editing to do on a couple of photos due to residue on my lens, but that will come before they go onto my web sites.



Monday, August 7, 2017

The Strip - 2017/08/05

I made it to The Strip again on Saturday evening. My first trip, the previous Saturday, started at Tropicana Avenue, and I went north from there. This trip I walked on the south side of Flamingo Avenue, but did not go as far south (Harmon Avenue) as I wanted too. That will have to come later. My legs will only stand so much walking.

The area in front of Bally's has completely changed since I was there 3+ years ago. It used to be an open promenade. Now it is filled with boutique sized shops off all kinds. Personally, I think they should have left the area open. There are more than enough shops all along The Strip.

The Bellagio has also completely changed the Conservatory/Botanical Gardens. But, the flowers are still there. They have simply changed the theme for the gardens.

I was walking from the gardens through the casino when The Fountains first started, and I did not stick around to photograph them this trip. There will be other trips.

My biggest disappointment in my first two trips to The Strip is that the musician buskers seem to have disappeared. My first trip, as far as buskers go, was a complete dud. This trip would have been the same, but I found a busker on the crossover (Flamingo Avenue) going from The Bellagio to Ceasars Palace. Maybe I'm just there at the wrong times for them, but the non-musician buskers I saw appear to be no more than "no talent" street urchins that have pulled discarded costumes out of the dumpsters behind the casinos.

On my next trip to The Strip I hope to get my first closeup view of the ( The Linq.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Pucinni Park to Vivaldi Park Walk


After stopping to photograph and enjoy the scenery I would estimate that I walked a good 1.5+ miles this morning on Seven Hills Trail. I walked the trail from Pucinni Park to just past Vivaldi Park. I walked along the street on my trip back to Pucinni Park. I do believe that at least 50% of the walk was up hill and about 20% down hill. For my next trip to the area I plan to walk from Vivaldi Park up to Sonata Park on the trail, and back to Vivaldi park along the streets.

I have not been able to do these walks every day since I have been here. I have a boatload of projects going right now. But, I am getting in better shape, and I have lost 10-12 pounds since I made it home to Vegas.

My first outing in the Las Vegas Valley taught me some valuable lessons: (1.)  Always bring water, and pay attention to your hydration level. (2.) Wear good walking/hiking shoes. Hopefully, by this Fall I can leave the city parks once in awhile and hit the hiking trails that are abundant around the Las Vegas Valley.



Life Is Good!!!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Desert Bloom Park, Las Vegas, NV.

Located just one block south of the I-215 freeway on Maryland Parkway Desert Bloom Park almost all of the amenities for outings with family and friends. Basketball courts, 2 baseball fields, walking path, a sand volleyball court, a great little playground, open space, and ample picnic areas. I have seen dogs on leashes each time I have been there. However, at this time there is no dog park. However, there is an empty field adjoining the park on the west side. By the looks of that field I would say it is city owned. Hopefully, more amenities and a dog park is in the future. There is shopping nearby for what you may have forgotten or run out of. And, what this park does not have can be found nearby.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Silverado Ranch Park, Las Vegas, NV.

Silverado Ranch Park is a one mile drive east of South Point Casino/Resort. From Las Vegas Blvd. just head east on Silverado Ranch Rd. There is a 1/2 mile "marked" path and several extensions to the path to give you more exercise. Bring your dog. The park has 3 dog parks. Amenities for baseball, basketball, skateboarding and other activities make the park great for a family get together. 


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cornerstone Park and Railroad Lake

You may call me a slow learner. But, there are only 24 hours in each day. Like most people I need to sleep some of those hours to give me the ability to work during the rest of those hours. But, because I must get that rest I find that I only have a limited number of hours that I am able to dedicate to the many projects that I am working on. And, I now find it time to call a halt to the craziness of trying to work on too many projects. I cannot work on my photography, my photography web site, all of my blogs, all of my networking site, and still have time to do the same for my music projects. Therefore, I will continue to post to this blog, but I will not worry about writing articles for my post. I will simply write short quips about where I have been and what I have done with my photography. Sometimes and somewhere along the line maybe I can write articles too. But, not today. So, here are a few shots from my latest outing.

Cornerstone Park, Henderson, Nevada is one of my most recent outings. I have now been there three times. This park is a destination park for many Henderson community events. It is a beautiful park. It is a large park with paved trails to walk and explore. There is also easy access to the shore line of Railroad Lake, the most outstanding feature of the park. I know that as long as I am able to live in the Las Vegas Valley that Cornerstone Park will be a frequent destination for me.  I shall return, and often. You can expect more posting about Cornerstone Park in the future.


All of these photos were taken from the western side of Railroad Lake. There is a paved trail that circles the lake. I shall walk that trail in the near future.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Fremont Street Experience

We arrived at around 3:00 pm. We left just before 9:00. After 9:00 pm I know from past visits that the place can become really crowded. It's a whole new experience. I shall return again.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Seven Hills Trail and Three City Parks

Since my arrival in Las Vegas on May 1st, 2017 my primary project has been to start a catalog of outdoor activities that the city of Las Vegas offers it's local residents and visitors who care to venture off of The Strip and out of the casinos. I have now visited 5 city parks and hiked City View Trail. It has purposely been a slow start on this project because of the heat and because getting settled into a residency here in Las Vegas is a major project.

Here are photos from 3 of the parks that I have visited. Vivaldi Park, Sonata Park and Pucinni Park are all connected by Seven Hills Trail. This trail is a 2.5 mile loop trail, but there are side trails that take you through the surrounding neighborhoods. All of the trails seem to be paved. The "All Trails" web site says the trail are good for all levels, but I have learned quickly that even the ease of any path depends on your stamina. Keep a bottle of water with you.

To get to Seven Hills Trail and all three parks take the St. Rose Parkway to Seven Hills Trail Drive. Turn right onto Seven Hills Drive and stay on it. You will see the entrance to Vivaldi Park on your right. Continuing on you will find Sonata Park on your left, and finally Pucinni Park is on your right just before Seven Hills Trail Drive ends in a "T" with itself. It seems that almost 3/5 of Seven Hills Trail slopes fairly gently upward, 1/5 of the trail is a steep climb, and 1/5 of the trail is that downward slope that you always wanted to ride your bike down when you were a kid, so hang on and go for it.

One last item: You can start your walks at any of the three parks. They are all interconnected. And, you can do what I have done by taking 3 separate days to visit three separate parks. I now plan to return to these parks and start taking the trails that extend out through the surrounding neighborhoods.


This scene is from the adjoining neighborhood to the east of Vivaldi Park. I clicked this photo as I exited the site on my way home. The park has fantastic views of the city of Las Vegas, Henderson Executive Airport, and the mountains that surround Las Vegas Valley.


Sonata Park would, I think, be the smallest of the 3 parks. It's major points of interest is the large grassy field and this children's park. When the day is done this park is well used by locals of the neighborhood.


Pucinni Park was the real surprise for me. At every turn there is something new to discover. It was sometimes hard for me to decide which direction to walk. I finally realized that there will be several returns trips to all three of these parks. They are within 3 miles of my home.


This, in the red, is Seven Hills Trail. Seven Hills Drive is the gold road that loops back into itself. The green dot is Pucinni Park. Following the red line to the left of Pucinni Park will eventually take you to Vivaldi Park in the area of the two red dots that are close together. In figure #1 you can see the trail (in red) after the trail crosses Seven Hills Drive as it continues southeastward and hooks up with Seven Hillls Trail Drive. This is where the steep hill begins. But, the downhill side is a refreshing walk.


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