Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tips for Taking Photos From an Airplane


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tumbling Tumbleweeds - written my Bob Nolan

Gene Autry

Sons of the Pioneers


From Wikipedia:

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:

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


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

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.
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" 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.

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.
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