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Revisiting Old Images - Does Modern Software Make It Worth It?

I’ve recently been inspired to go into my digital archives and revisit some of my “oldies but goodies”. With newer, more responsive photo editing software now available is a re-do of some of my favs in order? Can I now make images work that maybe didn’t make the cut two, five, ten years ago? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’m going in…wish me luck!

Coastal Brown Bear eyeballing me while fishing in Chilkoot Lake near Skagway, Alaska. © Craig Durling

Coastal Brown Bear eyeballing me while fishing in Chilkoot Lake near Skagway, Alaska. © Craig Durling

The Springs Fire - A Fire Photographer's Perspective

I'm sharing an experiment that I thought you might find interesting.  Using a variety of portable HD video cameras I documented a portion of day one of the Springs Wildfire in Ventura County, CA on May 2, 2013.  The point was to not only test out the cameras but to share "a day in the life" of a Fire Photographer with you...from my perspective.  It's a rough video with no bells or whistles.  It's meant to just be a taste of my experience on the fireground.  

On a side note for those unfamiliar with Fire Photographers, we are all credentialed members of the media and/or official fire department photographers on scene documenting the events and efforts for the public.  We communicate via two-way radio, as you can hear in the video.

 

FAP Episode #59 - How Does This Mixer Work Again?

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On this episode of Fireground Action Photography Craig Durling returns to base camp with Ross BensonTed Pendergast and Joe Brown and tries to remember how to do this "podcast" thing.  Well, it hasn't been THAT long!  Anyway, the panel with catch you up on what they've been up to and will answer listener questions.

Check out our friend Andy Thomas as he talks about Fire Photography on the August episode of "Burning Issues".

Join our "Fireground" Flickr community, upload your images to the comment/critique forum and join in any of the ongoing conversations.  As always, you can find out more about your hosts Craig Durling and Ross A. Benson by visiting their websites.  Follow Craig DurlingRoss BensonTed PendergastJoe Brown and FAP on Twitter.  Don't forget to become a fan of FAP on Facebook!

Subscribe to and/or download the FAP podcast for free on our download page or via iTunes.

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Arizona Storm Chase - 2011

Late last month I joined up with fellow photographer Ed Sherman and headed to southern Arizona for some storm chasing with another pal, and extremely talented photog in his own right, Paul Freeman.  The monsoons were rolling in and brought with them some angry clouds which dropped some pretty impressive lightning.  On one evening we headed down to the Mexican border and shot some lightning.  A really friendly Border Patrol agent stopped by and we all chatted for a while as bolts were lighting up all around us.  He shared some cool stories about his three years working the border so far.  We ultimately had to get outta there because the lighting had surrounded us without us realizing it.  (It's bad when you hear the thunder at the same time you see the flash right?)  And, believe it or not, the "unfriendlies" were closing in from the border as well.  It's like the wild west down there, no kidding.  

We also chased some storms to the Grand Canyon but by the time we got there we decided conditions were better for photographing the sunset at the South Rim.  I'd never been to the Grand Canyon so now I can say I stopped by and shot a sunset there.  I had grown up hearing about the GC and thought I was burned out on the place thanks to the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, etc.  Not so much.  Once I stepped foot on the rim my breath was taken away.  Badda-bing, badda-boom - we spent about an hour photographing one of the most dramatic sunsets I'd every seen and headed back to base camp in Phoenix.

Paul brought us to a great old ranch, the Empire Ranch in Sonoita.  That old place made for some cool pics too which you can see in the gallery!

It was a great three days of chasing, photographing, eating, drinking, chatting and driving.  Good times indeed.

One discovery we made along the way was definitley a sign of the times.  We spent quite a bit of time shooting pictures with our iPhones!  Taking full advantage of the arrary of cool photo apps available, we shot panos, HDRs, etc. with our phones and got great results (for phone cams).  Perhaps we saved our "real" cameras for the bigger scenes but even the quick phone images inspired us to really work a scene with the DSLRs.  I've posted some of the iPhone images HERE.  To view my entire gallery from the trip (sans iPhone images), including the lightning images, click one the images or HERE.

 

 

 

FAP Episode #49 - Hampton, NH Hotel Fire & Beware of Photo "Contests"

faplogosmall On this episode of Fireground Action Photography the gang's all here.  We're joined by our infamous "East Coast Crew" - Joe Brown, Ted Pendergast, Rick Nohl and our old buddy Damian "Jug" Drella.  Rick debriefs a large structure fire which occurred in Hampton, NH and we discuss the challenges he faced with not only the cold temperatures and high wind conditions but the seaside environment. Join our "Fireground" Flickr community, upload your images to the comment/critique forum and join in any of the ongoing conversations. As always, you can find out more about your hosts Craig Durling and Ross A. Benson by visiting their websites.  Follow Craig Durling, Ross Benson, FAP, Joe Brown, Rick Nohl, Ted Pendergast and Damian Drella on Twitter.  Become a fan of FAP on Facebook! Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here. (Duration 01:05:59 )
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FAP Episode #48 - Burbank Water Main Break & Recent Incident Recaps

faplogosmall On this episode of Fireground Action Photography Ross Benson and Craig Durling debrief a major water main break they covered in downtown Burbank.  They'll also recap some other recent incidents and discuss the different ways YOU can participate in the podcast. Join our "Fireground" Flickr community, upload your images to the comment/critique forum and join in any of the ongoing conversations.  Use the forum to post your own Lightroom-related comments or questions and we'll be sure to address them on Part 2 of our Lightroom Roundtable series. As always, you can find out more about your hosts Craig Durling and Ross A. Benson by visiting their websites.  Follow Craig Durling, Ross Bensonand FAP on Twitter.  Become a fan of FAP on Facebook! Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here. (Duration 01:16 )
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FAP Episode #47 - Photojournalist & Publisher Jeff Zimmerman

faplogosmall On this episode of Fireground Action Photography we start 2010 by sitting down with photojournalist and publisher Jeff Zimmerman.  Owner of Zimmerman Media, Jeff is not only a talented photojournalist but publishes the Southern California Fire Journal and leads the Emergency Photographers Network.  Also check out the work of Tod Sudmeier, our in-studio visitor. Join our "Fireground" Flickr community, upload your images to the comment/critique forum and join in any of the ongoing conversations.  Use the forum to post your own Lightroom-related comments or questions and we'll be sure to address them on Part 2 of our Lightroom Roundtable series. As always, you can find out more about your hosts Craig Durling and Ross A. Benson by visiting their websites.  Follow Craig Durling, Ross Benson, Jeff Zimmerman and FAP on Twitter.  Become a fan of FAP on Facebook! Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here. (Duration 59:35 )
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New Years Eve in South Central - Video

As tradition would have it, some fellow fire photographers and I headed down to South Central LA on New Years Eve to cover any happenings. Aside from a good auto fire, several medical calls and a fatality garage fire no one could get to, it was a relatively quiet night. Oh, except for the celebratory gunfire.  A high quality version of this video is available on my YouTube Channel.

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