My friend Andrés is a wonderful illustrator, he is the one who designed the TFTTF logo five years ago and his children's books are just beautiful.
One of them is called "tweet" and not only does he have it online on his site, he also asked me to read it, so he could include the audio track with the online version. What an honor!
You can find the book at http://anhdres.com/books/tweet/, just click the audio player at the top and whenever you hear the page turn sound, click the "next" button above the book. Manual sync FTW!
Workshop planning for next year is already happening, you should start to get excited NOW!
I have already received a lot of questions ("Where will next year's workshops be held?", "Any new topics?", "Are you going to do the San Francisco Street Safari again?", ...).
Everything will be revealed in good time (you could sign up for the newsletter in the meanwhile), and all I can tell you right now is that there will be a new workshop dealing with fire and night photography (yey, finally a workshop that fits my sleeping habits!), another workshop will be held in the Himalayas, and you can expect a few good old friends in the mix.
Reservations for a lot of the workshops will be opened during December.
The 2010 workshop season is almost over, and I look at the workshop overview page (which doesn't even feature all the workshops of this year anymore, as I already removed the ones from the first half of this year) - I look at the page and have this great feeling that's a mix of satisfaction, and restlessness, because 2011 needs ideas (luckily there are plenty), planning and working on.
But first on to the rest of the workshops for this year: Northeim Licht (light workshop in Germany) is up this week, Toronto Urban (street and city photography) is up next week, then it's Monis Motivklingel (I'll be a guest) and last but not least Absolut Analog (analog photography in Braunschweig, home of Rollei and Voigtländer).
And then once I finished crashing after that, it's down to diving into a lot of writing for PocketChris, because I want to release three paid apps for the holidays. But that's a different story and will be told in a different post.
Ooookay, back from the second big trip this year (the first one was the Everest Trek in April/May) - and what can I say? It was fun, and it was extremely productive. Here are some of the highlights:
First I spent a day at Joe McNally's lighting workshop (watch the video here), and then the Brooklyn Cookin' Workshop with its truly different concept was not only a great learning experience for everyone, I also ended up gaining about two pounds of weight. Oh well. If you want to know what the workshop is like, it inspired participant and professional designer Alan Barnett to write three blog posts about it (read them here, here and here). » Brooklyn Cookin' workshop
San Francisco Street Safari 2010 - 17 photographers and one wonderful city. This is one of my favorite workshops, as we get to go out and spend time among the great people of San Francisco and take pictures of strangers. Watch the video to find out how much fun everyone had. » watch the video in HD
Photo Day 2010 at the TWiT Cottage... - Between the travel and the workshops I had the great chance to drive up to Petaluma once again and take the stage in front of Leo Laporte's cameras to talk with photographers. Photo Day 2010 was great, the guests were awesome and video of the event will be published soon. While you wait, why not watch the Photo Day 2009 videos?
... and the San Francisco Apple Store - I also had the chance to speak at the Apple Store on Market Street in downtown San Francisco. I used the opportunity to talk about some of my work, and as the entire week had the overarching theme of people photography, I chose to present my work from the last two Everest Treks.
And last but not least, on my more elcectic side, I've shot another one-minute-in-the-life-of video. About a big bridge. Watch it here. (Like it? Here are a few more: kite surfers, night ride, shallow dof, tea, more tea and toothbrushes)
Okay, I guess I'll crash for a few days now.
What was the highlight of your last two weeks?
Sooner or later I'll need a communications department. Or I will need to make sure things don't all happen at the same time...
Oh well, here is the list of things happening right now or coming up:
Analog and Polaroid Workshops Monika and I have announced more analog workshops in Germany. » See details here
Photo Day Let's take over the TWiT Cottage again and bring you another Photo Day » more
Pre-Workshop Meeting in San Francisco Meet Chris for a drink in downtown San Francisco on Jul/22 » more
Chris at Joe McNally's workshop On Jul/15 Chris will attend a lighting workshop with Joe McNally at Dobbs Ferry, NY » more
Statistisch gesehen besitzt jeder Mensch heute mindestens eine Digitalkamera. Da liegt die Hürde für die Teilnahme an einem Fotoworkshop einigermaßen niedrig.
Auf der analogen Seite liegt die Sache schon ganz anders. Viele von euch, die sich die analoge Fotografie einmal etwas näher ansehen wollen, haben keine analoge Kamera. Oder ihr habt vielleicht eine Kamera geerbt und wisst nicht, ob die für den Workshop passt. Oder ihr findet euch nicht im riesigen (und erstaunlich günstigen) Gebraucht-Dschungel auf eBay zurecht.
Kurz: es gibt unzählige Gründe, warum jemand trotz Interesse nicht am Analogworkshop teilnimmt. Und das finden wir schade, denn die analoge Fotografie ist nach wie vor ein sehr mächtiger und guter Weg, mit der Fotografie im allgemeinen Tuchfühlung aufzunehmen, und die universellen Basics zu lernen, ohne sich in der digitalen Technik zu verheddern. Mal ganz abgesehen vom haptischen Erlebnis und dem befriedigenden "KALUNK" einer schönen Mittelformatkamera...
Dass die Hürde für viele von euch unnötig hoch liegt, spüren wir. Darum haben gibt es ab jetzt unseren Kamera-Pool, um es jedem auch ohne eigene Kamera zu ermöglichen, die Welt der Fotografie mit Film auf unseren Workshops zu erkunden.
Wir leihen euch für den Workshop eine Kamera. Selbstverständlich im Preis des Workshops inbegriffen.
Im Kamera-Pool finden sich unter anderem so Zuckerstücke wie: Minolta X-700 (Kleinbild), Mamiya 645 (Mittelformat 6x4,5), Zeiss-Ikon Tenax (24x24mm-Format), Yashicamat 124G (Mittelformat 6x6), Cosina Hi-Lite HDL (Kleinbild), Diana (Mittelformat/Kleinbild Sprockethole), Nikon FE2 (Kleinbild), Voigtländer Bessa (Mittelformat 6x9), Kodak Brownie 620 Box (Mittelformat 6x9) und Zeiss Ikon Tengor Box (Mittelformat 6x9).
Und auch im Polaroid-Bereich ist die Sammlung mittlerweile ganz anständig gewachsen. Da finden sich einige Polaroid SX-70, diverse Polaroid-Land-Kameras (600er-Film), ein Polaroid-Back für die Nikon FE2 (Trennfilm), um nur einige zu nennen.
Und wer dann nach dem Workshop selbst zuschlagen möchte, der bekommt von uns natürlich die richtigen Tipps für die eigene Kamera-Jagd bei eBay, bei Gebrauchthändlern oder auf Flohmärkten.
Dann haut mal rein!
Every now and then I run into a song that I *have* to listen to over and over again without getting sick of it. Strasbourg / St. Denis is one of those. My music taste could probably be described as eclectic, and this kind of jazz definitely has a place in my heart, and I'd love to play the bass on this song with a good band one day.
So without further ado here is Roy Hargrove (this is only an audio track, but YouTube was the only place I could find it in an embeddable form)
By the way, I bought the entire album without listening to any of the other tracks, just based on this one song.