HELLO from Norway!

14
Jan
2013

Hello Everybody from the Land of the Norwegians & home of the Vikings! I’m writing you NORTH OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE! CRAZY! Since I got a spot of wifi while we are ported  I thought I’d share a few rough edited photos of the trip.  Hope you are all well, warm and safe. Cheers

-Braun

 

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The Success Indicator – New Year

31
Dec
2012

Every closing of a year we all make a goal or 10 that we will change to make our lives better.  Changes start with a realistic gut check of where you are, then it takes the courage to act to make things happen! This is a great visual to meditate on for the beginning of a new year! Have a great time tonight and please be safe!

Happy New Year!

If I cannot bring you comfort
Then at least I bring you hope
For nothing is more precious
Than the time we have and so
We all must learn from small misfortune
Count the blessings that are real
Let the bells ring out for Christmas
At the closing of the year
Let the bells ring out for Christmas
At the closing of the year.

If I cannot bring you comfort
Then at least I bring you hope.

Now all the winter bells are ringing
Hear them echo through the snow
And the children’s voices singing
on the streets so far below

This is a time to be together
And the truth is somewhere here
Within our love of people
At the closing of the year.



Airstream Renovation: The Lay Out

27
Dec
2012

Airstream Renovation - Dallas Commercial Photography

I am very excited to share the final 3d layout design for my Airstream renovation project. First massive thanks to my good friend and brilliant architect Chris Anderson for helping to make my design a visual reality. Let me stress the importance of a legit architect to make measurements and draw everything to scale when each inch counts in a designed space. Thanks again Chris for your awesome help!

Airstream Renovation - Dallas Commercial Photography

Airstream Renovation - Dallas Commercial Photography

The layout was designed with the priority of lots of storage and seating. My projects are always on location so it will be important to have plenty of room for personnel and equipment. The bunk beds will be able to angle up for extra head room in the back.  All seating and beds will have lockable storage underneath and both tables will drop to convert into beds. Effectively it will sleep 5.

Airstream Renovation - Dallas Commercial Photography

Airstream Renovation - Dallas Commercial Photography

Airstream Renovation - Dallas Commercial Photography

There are lots of design details planned for that you can not see here that I will share through out the process. I’m blown away by the interest and support for this project and want to say thank you to everybody! BTW, I have decided to name her The Wanderlust!

Airstream Renovation - Dallas Commercial Photography

Wanderlust: a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.

Read about my first announcement and plans for my Airstream renovation project and adventure here!



2012: What Brought Us All Together.

25
Dec
2012

Watching this video really made me realize what a long year it has been! 2012 was full of ups and downs for me personally. 2012 brought worldly events so horrible, like the school shootings, they left us on the ground crying uncontrollably; or others that were so amazing, like the Red Bull Space Jump, they dared us to dream a little larger. With these last few days left of 2012 I leave it optimistic and grateful; ready and welcoming 2013. (We did survive a few Apocalypses after all!) No doubt we will cry this year, but we will also laugh….for after all this is life!

What was your favorite moment of 2012? (in this film or personal)  May you have a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year.

here is a Google Doc with the complete list and links to the original clips: http://goo.gl/edyTU




The nerd world stopped for a moment when it came to light that photo community app Instagram will now have the option to sell it’s users images. WHAAAAAT?? The free social media photo community & app, recently bought by Facebook and that has surpassed twitter on activity, sell my photos?!  My heart sank a bit and Pat Green’s “All the good things fade away” started playing in my head. I’ve grown to really love Instagram, not as a photography taking app but as an online community! I’ve discovered some great photographers, connected with some amazing people that we share cool things in common (Airstream!), and even gotten jobs from it! YUP! So after much debating here is my mindset!

BTW I AM NOT A LAWYER, SO DON’T KILL ME IF YOU DON”T LIKE MY THOUGHTS. Please know, as a professional photographer that makes his living from it nothing bothers me more than others making money off my creativity.

Couple things to remember or do.

1. DEFENSE! STOMP! STOMP! DEFENSE! If the image is one you really feel like you should protect you can mark your images with great apps like BLENDER or OVER.    I’ve actually started doing this with some of my images I post because sadly I’ve found people steal them on instagram, twitter, and facebook. The Screen Grab is nothing new folks. People and I guess companies could crop that out but that would deplete the (already) low resolution image. If it comes off as a hassle the more inclined to look elsewhere it will be. Yes I know it’s a pain but it’s an answer to a problem.

2. Simply Put, if you are especially proud of the image and are extremely protective of it, OR if it is a professional one don’t put it on there! Nobody is making you do it! Keep it on your portfolio site or google + (which does not have the legal jargon allowing them to sell your images) (Who uses google+ though)

3. “lawyers often draft overly broad language to permit future business opportunities that may never arise” (from the link above). Not saying they won’t ever but what is the REAL chance you will become the new face of instagram or whatever company. And how much are they really making off of my little image. If this goes real deal big it will make instagram the largest stock photo website in the world. Lots of options means lesser prices. If fb instagram makes $1 off my low res square photo I can live with that since I’m using their free service. I look at my daily adventures and my “WORK” as different pieces. Giving somebody an insight to you as a creative is never a bad thing. All in all somebody making millions off MY iphone photos is pretty unlikely in my opinion.

4. The God theory, I once exclaimed social media to a company’s executives like this, “If God gave you the option of A. To have tools to share info or your creativity with people all over the world” or B. TO NOT have these tools, which would you choose??? Everybody said A. Share your creativity! You can keep your photos for yourself but you are only limiting your impact. In the business world they call this P.R. The choice is yours.

5. FINALLY! Please ask yourself in the end , Facebook, twitter, Instagram whatever other place you hang out, are closing these accounts and ending the community you have built worth the slim chance somebody uses one of your images ??? I can’t speak for you but the juice is worth the squeeze for me.  I love seeing my friends daily adventures or travels! I love seeing what people are up to and where they find beauty! They have constantly inspired me and pushed me. I’ll take the risk.

We may have to evolve our mindset with social media but is that really surprising in our capitalistic society. Free services have to be paid for some how. They changed, so can we. I know it’s not convenient but don’t let them ruin the party! Cheers!

What are your thoughts?

-Braun

 

 





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