Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

How to Get Stunning Macro Photos with Your Mobile Phone




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How to Get Stunning Macro Photos with Your Mobile Phone

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

The 11 Contracts Every Artist, Songwriter and Producer Should Know


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The 11 Contracts Every Artist, Songwriter and Producer Should Know


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http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2015/02/09/11-contracts-every-artist-songwriter-producer-know/

10 tips to help get Sponsorship for your Expedition or Trip




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10 tips to help get Sponsorship for your Expedition or Trip




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7 Secrets Every Aspiring Street Photographer Should Know




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5 Tips for Portraits of Musicians That Will Help You Hit All the Right Notes




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5 Tips for Portraits of Musicians That Will Help You Hit All the Right Notes

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http://digital-photography-school.com/portraits-musicians-tips/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Oct-2716

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Tips for Shooting the Milky Way


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Monday, August 15, 2016

Who's To Blame

Who’s To Blame - Keith Birmingham
Copyright, November 8, 2014

He’s to blame for lower wages.
She’s to blame for higher taxes.
They’re to blame for spending money,
That we have not earned.

Wars are base on a religion.
Funded by big corporations.
People dying of starvation.
As we ponder who’s to blame.

He says we don’t need a border.
She says please oh please protect us.
Women murdered, children raped.
Meanwhile bills are left unpaid.

Countries don’t just ask us for help.
They demand that we pay their debts.
We can’t even find employment.
Meanwhile we must save the world.

Don’t you think it’s time to tell them
That they’re failing at their jobs.
Put the blame where it belongs.
Kick them out, and send them home.

Don’t you think it’s time we stood up.
Help ourselves and our brothers.
Don’t depend upon another.
Make your own life. Show some pride.

He’s to blame for lower wages.
She’s to blame for higher taxes.
And, we listen to their lies,
As we ponder who’s to blame.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Ansel’s Public Works


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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Recovery in Progress

I am still working on recovering what I can of the 140,000+ images I have lost due to a program glitch. But, I am in no hurry with them. I have chosen to do what I do best in life, start over.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Time Out

This blog has not been abandoned. So, please do not abandon me. I am just very much in need of a break from my work on the computer. I am concentrating on my health (physical and mental) issues for now. I shall return. 

If you need to contact me I do check my e-mails almost daily. Otherwise, on most afternoons and weather permitting, you can find me sitting outside of my apartment with my guitar in hand.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

23 Street Photography Tips For Your Next Photo Walk


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23 Street Photography Tips For Your Next Photo Walk


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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Why I Travel the World Alone

As British travel writer and explorer Freya Stark, who was the first Westerner to travel through many regions of the Middle East, wrote in her book, “Baghdad Sketches”: 
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown and accept whatever comes in the spirit in which the gods may offer it.


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Why I Travel the World Alone

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tumbling Tumbleweeds - written my Bob Nolan


Gene Autry


Sons of the Pioneers

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From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tumbling_Tumbleweeds

The Sons of the Pioneers and Gene Autry were two of my Dad's favorites. "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" is a song composed by Bob Nolan. Although one of the most famous songs associated with the Sons of the Pioneers, the song was composed by Nolan in the 1930s, while working as a caddy and living in Los Angeles. Originally titled "Tumbling Tumble Leaves", the song was reworked into the title "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and into fame with the 1935 Gene Autry film of the same name. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

From the Bob Nolan biography website: http://bobnolan-sop.net/


Singer, songwriter, actor and poet, Bob Nolan was instrumental in creating "Western" music, a uniquely North American art form. Cool Water andTumbling Tumbleweeds are two of his best-known songs but they are only the tip of the iceberg. (Check out the hundreds of recordings of these two songs.)
     Most of his songs were not derived from European folk music as were a large number of traditional "Cowboy" songs. They were not "Country" songs, either. Bob's were entirely original - often pure poetry set to unusual and difficult melodies.
     An admirer once told Bob that he painted the West - and his brush was music. The new sound caught the imagination of the public in the early 1930s. Contemporary musicians began to imitate, western movies picked it up and the genre was popular for thirty years.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

5 Quick Tips for Better Blue Hour Photography


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5 Quick Tips for Better Blue Hour Photography


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Friday, April 15, 2016

Lt.Gen. Thomas P. Stafford Air and Space Museum



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Stafford Air and Space Museum
Is there a better way learn about outer space than thru a hometown hero, and someone who has been there?

Located in Weatherford, OK. The Stafford Air and Space Museum became a Smithsonian Affiliate in summer of 2011. Weatherford is the hometown of General Thomas P. Stafford, He is currently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff, Research, Development and Acquisition Headquarters of the U.S. Air Force in Washington, D.C.

General Stafford is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. A veteran of four space flights, he piloted Gemini VI, and commanded Gemini IX, Apollo 10 and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Mission. Born in 1930 Stafford was selected by NASA in the second group of astronauts in 1962. He would fly four historic space missions (Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo X, and Apollo-Soyuz), three of them as mission Commander.
For his efforts as Commander of the U.S and Soviet joint Apollo-Soyuz mission, Stafford received a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Stafford is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the Oklahoma Aviator of the Century award.

The Stafford Air and Space Museum is a fantastic educational experience for the young and old alike. For the young it is a place that gives birth to ambitions and dreams of major accomplishments. For the old it is a place to relive the history they helped to create.

Among the more than 3,500 permanent artifacts on display:
Apollo Command and Service Module
Space Shuttle main engine
Solid rocket boosters

Artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian include:
A Gemini flight suit
Apollo 11 artifacts
Gen. Stafford’s flight pressure suit
Apollo 11 moon landing survival items

Aircraft on display include:
a T-38, an F-86 “Sabre”, a Russian MiG21R, and an F16 “Fighting Falcon” with bombs and sidewinder missiles. Also on display are full-size replicas of the Wright Flyer, Spirit of St. Louis, Apollo Command Module, and Gemini spacecraft and a Titan II rocket launch vehicles.
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The museum is located along Route 66 at I-40 and Exit 84 in Weatherford, and welcomes visitors seven days a week. The museum is closed  Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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Stafford Air and Space Museum


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Troubador


"Troubador" is a ballad written by Leslie Satcher and Monty Holmes. Recorded by American country singer George Strait. it was released in June 2008 as the title track for his album "Troubador", and is the 86th chart single of George Strait's career. It is his 79th Top Ten single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

My Work Day as a Freelancer

So, you think you want to be a freelancer. You think you want to work for yourself, set your own hours doing what you love to do. Well, I love my job as a freelance photographer, but it did not take me long to figure out that every client or possible client is my boss. I do my job according to my client’s convenience, not mine. If I don’t get it (the job) right I’m going to lose a source of my income. My office never closes. I am open 24/7/365. That’s the bad side of freelance photography, and most every other freelance profession. The good side is the love I have for the work I do. And, I try to stay prepare to go to work with only a moments notice.

The best way for a photographer to be ready on a moment’s notice is to prepare for tomorrow at the end of each day. If you work outside of your home your next to last act business is to clean, prepare and store your equipment in the proper place in your studio. Your equipment should be as ready to go to work as you are when you open the door of your studio.  The last act of business at your office should be to balance your books, and set your security system as you walk out the door. The last act of business in your studio/home should be to clean, repair and setup all of your equipment so that it is readily accessible and ready to use as you are walking out your front door.

My work from home set up is ideally suited for my work flow. I keep everything as simple as possible, but I am always saving bits of information onto my computer and smart phone so that I can find everything I need but do not have as soon as possible. I try to always know where I can find any piece of equipment I may need to rent or buy to do a shoot. I am always cataloging where subjects and props for future shoots are located.

Depending on my subjects I do my best to schedule my shoots the first or last two hours of daylight. However, much of my work is as a photojournalist. So, if I have a morning shoot I am usually on location by the break of day. If there is no morning shoot I begin my day at my desk checking my mail, balancing books, networking on the computer and on the phone, and submitting my work. Then I start editing and posting photos. After that I start researching, writing and posting. All of the above tasks are subject to being put off until tomorrow while I am on a shoot, morning or late afternoon. Somewhere in the last 2 to 3 hours of every day I sat down in my recliner, switch the television on, listen to the news, and spend a minimum of 20 minutes cleaning my gear, and getting ready for that call I might get at 02:00 AM. In reality, less than 5% of my time is spent clicking a shutter.

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Keith Birmingham clicks as a photographer, journalist, blogger and writer. He busks as a musician, singer and songwriter. He travels as a photographer and musician.
Contact Keith @ maddadkeith@yahoo.com
betterworldphotography.Smugmug.com
          http://maddadkeith.wix.com/better-world-photo

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Band/Musician/Singer/Songwriter Interview Questionaire



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Please answer at least 10 of the following questions to be considered for publication into the “Better World Music” blog. Send the completed form via e-mail to maddadkeith@yahoo.com. If possible please include up to 3 photos with your submission.

1.)  What is the name of Artist/Band?

2.) When did this band form?

2.)  What are the names of band members, and where are they from?

4.) What is the background (work and/or education) of band members?

5.) How long have you been performing as a band/solo performer?

6.) Describe the music you play. What genres do you play?

7.) Do you write any of your own songs?
8.) Do you prefer to play original or cover tunes?

9.) Who are your musical Influences?
10.) What is your music web site URL?

11.) Have you affiliated with a performance rights organization?

12.) Are any band members in a Musician’s Union?

13.) Live performance experience?

14.) Any previous print or broadcast exposure?


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Keith Birmingham clicks as a photographer, journalist, blogger, and writer. He performs as a musician, singer and songwriter. He travels as a photographer, journalist, blogger, writer, musician, singer, and songwriter.
Contact Keith @ maddadkeith@yahoo.com
betterworldphotography.Smugmug.com
          http://maddadkeith.wix.com/better-world-photo

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Putting Together the Building Blocks


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It has been a long time coming. Many times I considered giving up the struggle because I just could not figure out how to put things together. I have gone through several company name changes. I have changed photographic specialties to fit my own personality. I have struggled to define exactly what it is I want to accomplish. And, I think I am finally closing in on a way to get the job done.

Better World is the primary blog for a growing list of blogs that separate each of my life's passions. BWE is also the foundation for what I hope will be a future media corporation, and a legacy for my family.

In a couple of months there is a strong possibility that I will be relocating my home to another state. I plan to spend the next couple of months working with each of my enterprises to prepare them for the direction I plan to take them once this relocation is made. I have been working for the past six years in photography and music to learn skills that I believe will help me bring every part of BWE together to achieve my goal of multiple incomes. I plan to write articles and work with photography as I travel to perform as a busker. And, since my travels will often land me in many truck stops along the way, and since I have a previous 35 year career in the trucking industry, it seems only fitting that photographing and writing for and about the trucking industry would be included in my plans. And, I believe these enterprises have a good chance of being of interest to my children and grandchildren.