I was recently in Tucson photographing the my Team’s training camp. I often get asked about camera recommendations to take with you on the bike. To be honest, most of the time for quick snaps, I’m shooting an iPhone (feel free to check out my books about iPhone Photography), but if I’m carrying a camera with me on fun little gigs like this, I’ve been shooting the ubersexy retro Fuji X100 (check it out at B&H). Our bikes take us to some beautiful places, so make sure you grab a photo or two! One thing I dig about the Fuji is that it can fit into my cycling jersey pocket. Plus, when you take it out to shoot a photo you feel very old school European for some reason. All good qualities for a cycling camera.
After we returned from Toroweap last spring, and we showed this photo to my mom and mother-in-law, I had some serious explaining to do. They were saying things like…”you did what for a photo?!?”. I still don’t think they fully understand the compression effect caused by shooting with a longer focal length lens. I believe this was shot at 300mm? Basically, shooting a longer focal length lens creates the illusion that elements in the image are closer together than they appear. In this case, my wife and the cliff. I reassured them that there was actually plenty of room, it was very safe and there was no cliff at all. I don’t know if they believe me?
If you are new here, or you missed it, here is a movie I made while we visited the southwest.
If everything went smoothly, you probably didn’t notice that we changed our domain name. Yep, we are now Hossedia.com (HOSS-E-dia)! If you are wondering why, let me explain. Back around the early 2000s, I was bike racing a lot. At that point I had been racing for about 15 years. Anyway, I hurt myself and had to give up the bike for a while. Needless to say I was pretty bummed out. To get myself out of the funk I was in, I decided I would take my love of photography to the bike races and photograph my buddies. Not only did it keep me involved, it opened up a whole new world to me. I began photographing bike races around the country, and getting to do some pretty cool stuff. It was at that time that I founded Hossedia.com. It was a fun website, much like today’s, where I told stories and shared photos. All of it was positive and really helped me get through a tough time. Long story short, in 2004 my car was broke (broken?) into and my credit cards were stolen. I had to cancel them and subsequently lost my site because my domain host couldn’t renew my account. Bummer….all of Hossedia.com was lost. I started LightAsMagic.com about 4 years ago. At the time it was focused on sharing a bit of my photography. As you know, over the last 4 years a lot has happened. This site has become much bigger than photos. It is about photography, good news, adventure, and the untold stories of the world. Basically, everything Hossedia.com was back in 2000. So here we are, right back where I started 10 years ago, Hossedia.com. It feels good, it’s like an old friend has returned. I plan on staying here for a long time. I will also be announcing a few cool things that I have been working on which are part of the larger Hossedia umbrella. Plus, how many times in your life do you get to make up a word, and bring it to the attention of the mainstream? Feel free to start calling yourself a Hossedian…or go out this week and get your Hossedia on….or if you see something awesome…just say that it is Hossedia.
Anyway, I hope everything went smoothly for you and you didn’t encounter any disruptions in your service. I apologize to all our RSS subscribers for the mass reader updates. Actually, after reading this story, my real hope is that you can embrace my old friend Hossedia like I have. If you have any links or bookmarks pointed here, can you please update them to Hosseida.com. Thanks much!
NEW FACEBOOK PAGE! We have a new facebook page that is bigger, stronger, and faster. Please give it a like.
Hermosa Beach Photo Walk
I will have more details tomorrow, but if you want to get a jump on it check out the event we have planned for Dec 17th at the Hermosa Beach Pier. RSVP Here.
Here we are looking west from the Toroweap overlook on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The photographer in the foreground is Jason. He was a very nice guy from LA and I didn’t have the heart to ask him to move. Actually, I kind of like the photo with him in it.
I hope everyone enjoyed this week’s look at the ‘Unpainted Desert’. I thought I would close it out with this image of dawn in the Grand Canyon. It is such a majestic place. In the still of the night you can hear the rapids raging a mile below your campsite. An evening under the stars at Toroweap will surely put things into perspective for you.
I know Thanksgiving is a USA thing, but that won’t stop me from thanking my wife, my folks, my mother-in-law, my friends, and all of you who visit here on a regular basis. You all continue to encourage me and support my belief that the world needs a little beauty and levity during the week. I appreciate your comments, emails, and conversations. I’m very thankful for all of you.
Black Friday Savings
There is a lot of savings being offered in the world of photography right now. Here is a short list of ones you might be interested in.
- Nik Software – Get the entire suite of Nik Products at a huge savings. I pretty sure my coupon code LIGHTASMAGIC still applies.
- Think Tank Photo – If you purchase over $50 worth of gear using any of these links, Think Tank is giving our readers 11 free products to choose from. Here is a list of Think Tank products I personally use. Airport International V2.0, Retrospective 10, Skin System and Digital Holster.
- Reed Photo – My favorite lab hasn’t announced it yet, but they told me they are putting something together. So, if you are looking to print something, give their FB page a look.
- BH Photo – Well, they have pretty much everything and some really good deals running on their holiday specials page.
I decided to post another image from our recent adventure to the Grand Canyon. It will probably be the last for a while. I have so many beautiful image and memories I want to relive them many months down the road. However, like the moment I described in yesterday’s image, I experienced another beautiful moment just a minute or two earlier while making this photo. The sun wasn’t up as I approached the Toroweap overlook. It was still quite dark and my headlamp guided the way. I noticed this beautiful tree just kicking back and staring at the sky. I decided to join in to take a look myself. There it was, this brilliant moon just hanging in the sky waiting for me to awake. I’m not sure if it was waiting on me, Ptolemy might disagree, but I did feel like I was sharing a cool moment with the tree. As the tree and I stared at the sky, I began to hear a beautiful melody in the distance. It was the most melodic whistling I had ever heard. There was something unique, that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I listened intently, because it was so surreal. I then realized it was Jason, another photographer we had met the night before. Although he currently lives in LA, he was originally from Japan. His whistling was pentatonic like most Asian music. The tree and I stood there for another minute or so listening to his 5 beautiful notes, together, staring at the moon. Eventually he noticed me and invited me over to share an apple with him.