Emerging from the Sipapu – A Few Thoughts

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Solitude is how I dream BIG especially with nobody around; just me in the corners of God’s imagination. This is how I’ve been able to stay strong my whole life was to allow the natural world to heal me and teach me to be self-sufficient in my own happiness. The grandest of mysteries chose me to be a photographer; if only it meant for me to see something more meaningful on deeper levels such as these.

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The Epic Suzuki Samurai Adventure into the Deep Southwest

Grand Suzuki Samurai Adventure

I’ve decided to dream big and create a Kickstarter to do the ultimate big adventure. To travel the Desert Southwest from Southern California all the way to Louisiana over a two month period (60-days) in a Suzuki Samurai. I will camp and live out of my Samurai and shower at truck stops. I’m going to travel to Southern Nevada onto Southern California, then through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana and my Journey will take 60-90 days to complete. The theme of my journey will be: “The Truth is Out There!” I will venture to major UFO Hotspots and will be promoting the 2015 Utah UFO Festival taking place in Southern Utah (August of 2015). What’s unique about this journey is that I will be basing my travels on Southwestern Folklore in search of the truth and will utilize this information as an artist to draw my own conclusions into the reality of it through my own method of photographic interpretation. The trip will be somewhat risky and dangerous as I will be venturing along the Mexican Border in several areas and will be stationed at various UFO hotspots that are historically significant and some archeological sites. Who knows what I’m going to see and witness, first hand!? I’m ready to redefine my own vision of the Desert Southwest from the seat of a Suzuki Samurai and I will report weekly and daily on my adventures via social media.

B&H Photo Declined Me

A few weeks ago, I filled out an application to become an affiliate marketer for one of my favorite companies whom I have been doing business with since 2004.  This is the response I received from them today:

Thank you for expressing interest in partnering with B&H. While you are placing attention on adding more written reviews to your site, at this time, we are looking for more consistent robust technical content with opportunities for large traction. We thank you again and wish you much success.

…I guess if that is all that matters to them then I don’t really need to monetize Talking Tree using their affiliate links? This site will grow and gain more traction, I’m sure of it! I guess they failed to do the proper amount of research regarding my social media influence on Flickr, and Instagram? They are also failing to realize that I started this blog back up again as a result of my personal growth on social media.

Testing the Sigma DP2 Quattro

I forged an alliance with Sigma Camera Corporation. They sent me their latest and greatest Sigma DP2 Quattro with a proprietary Foveon sensor which is actually three sensors combined into one. I also purchased their predecessor to the Quattro; the Sigma DP3 Merrill which I also have grown to love. I’m going to write a few blog articles (coming soon!) about these two amazing little cameras from Sigma. About six months ago, I started a petition asking Sigma to create a Micro Four Thirds camera with a Foveon sensor but the DP3 Merrill seems to be satisfying my cravings for Foveon Technology. Without going into more detail, I am posting a few test images here to show you the color and quality of the Foveon technology…

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What is My General Photography Workflow?

It’s a fact I’d rather be making photographs out in the field rather than sitting at a computer working in a digital darkroom. This is probably the reason I have so many unedited photos still sitting in my 10 year old archive. That being said, here’s how my workflow is setup!

  1. I go on a photoshoot which is what I love doing most.

  2. I open Adobe Lightroom on my portable mac to edit raw files and convert to Jpeg!

  3. I sometimes use Photoshop to resize images only for web.

  4. Or I export most images (full-size) to my iPhone via Photo Transfer iPhone app.

  5. I do further editing with Instagram’s awesome filters. ;) This pisses-off most purist photographers! :P

There you have it.. It’s pretty simple and straight-forward! I’d like to find an excellent WordPress plugin to auto magically resize my photos upon upload. That would be ideal… I haven’t discovered a really high quality plugin to do this!?

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments!