Here are a few thoughts I have on photographing disaster areas, as I did recently in Vermont photographing the aftermath of tropical storm Irene.
1. Be mindful of the people who were affected by the storm. I witnessed a lot of people working hard to clean out their basements, remove inches of silt from their driveways and roads and simply dealing with the lack of electricity and thoughts of lost business with leaf peeping and skiing season right around the corner. Don't act like a rude tourist, be respectful of the situation.
2. Don't get in the way of emergency vehicles and work crews. The last thing they need is some fool getting hurt trying to take a picture or parking in front of a bulldozer. Keep in mind that workers are trying to salvage roads,...
Now the issue for the flood ravaged areas in New Hampshire and Vermont is getting people (especially leaf peepers) to understand that a lot of the clean up has happened and most of the roads have been repaired.
I feel for any and everyone who has to go through massive storms. Not everyone realizes how hard it is to clean the areas up that are affected by these Monster Storms. Recently we had a Severe Thunderstorm in our area that produced straight-line winds which knocked down about a Dozen large Oak Trees just on our Land alone. I have been working to cut it up as firewood for several weeks now and still have a big mess! People just can't imagine what a few seconds or hours to days can do to the land or infrastructure in these great Storms. Its true you can take some great pictures out of this but when you are out in the Field show compassion and love for the People affected by Mother Nature because you never know when it may happen to you!
I saw an article in the local paper that was talking about the tons of gawkers or lookies who have been coming to the area checking out the flood damage.
Some residents are getting rather irritated especially ones with houses right near major roads. One flood victim has been asked to give tours of their flooded basement! In another case people set up lawn chairs to watch a house get cleaned out.
I can't blame them for being ticked off at people coming to the area not to help out but to just watch. Although, it is through these people that the rest of the world gets to see just how bad the damage is and hopefully will donate to the relief effort.
Enterprising people will take advantage of these "disaster tourists" and set up tours, sell t-shirts, sell special bottle water etc. The area is used to leaf peepers driving around this time of year, time to think outside the box and apply a little money extraction techniques to this different sort of tourist?
I find that a big part of photography and microstock as a sideline, second job or hobby is having family support. Your family often has to put up with your desires to purchase more equipment, pose as a model in various situations, agree to be a model in the first place and deal with you wandering off on trips to take pictures of weathered wood siding.
Its extra challenging when you kids are at age where they start becoming embarrassed of their parents! Unfortunately there isn't a big market for "eye rolling seventh graders" because I'd have a ton of images for that market!
Here's a shot of a salad my son made. I hope it sells so he'll be more motivated to model for me in the future.
Maybe its just me and my perverse view of the world but what is really going on in this picture?
The official title is "THE JOYFUL FREEDOM OF RETIREMENT" but what caught my eye was that bird over the man's head. Maybe I'm thinking about Alfred Hitchcock movie "Birds" but I just feel like something bad is going to happen to spoil the couple's moment of joy.
Is the bird just going to innocently drop a "present" on the man's exposed dome or something more sinister like attack him or grab him by the talons and be off with him?
If you isolate just the man, it almost seems like he is raising his hand up to the big bird god in the sky and offering himself as a sacrifice.
"Take me oh mighty one! I'm ready"
Here they are later in the movie when they discover the birds aren'...
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Our family has recently renewed our attempts to improve the quality of food we eat and this includes trying to buy more local food.
After watching the documentary "Food, Inc" and learning about modern farming methods (for example the fact that there are only 13 meat processing plants in the entire country now, chickens are breed to be so fat they can't stand up, cows and most livestock and most products on the store shelves are based on government subsidized corn) and my son's First Lego League season based on the topic of Food Safety, we feel we can do more to vote with our dollars and buy local.
We are lucky enough to live in a rural area with lots of family farms around so its not too difficult to buy more local produce and meat. It really is just...
Good for you. It is not as easy as it seems is it? We have habits that are hard to break. I am trying to be better at shopping local and have actually left the parking lot of the chain store and gone to the new local store because I went to the chain without thinking.....
Just added my 250th image to my portfolio. Never forget your camera! I captured this yesterday while taking my dog for a walk.
Its name is Dogford Road. Folklore around these parts say that when it came time to give the old country lane a name the four farming families that lived on the road at the time came up with "Dogford" because they all drove Fords and had dogs.
The old road is seeing some wear and tear, its a favorite for bikers, joggers and the Dartmouth College X-country ski team. Hopefully the snow plows won't tear it to pieces this coming winter.
Been waiting for the foliage to crank up. I was watching and waiting for this one spectacular tree down the road to finish turning and then poof over night it dropped all of its leaves.
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