Late morning Snowquester update:
It looks like the weather forecasters called in some favors after being mocked in the morning. The snow is falling quite steadily now yet the purple crocus will not have its limelight stolen by a little Snowquestration.
What a welcome sight! In the northeast these purple crocus’s are often the first flower to bloom. Spring has been a long time in the making and I can’t wait to open up the windows in the house, go for walks with my wife without the her wearing the “snow beast” and get out on my mountain bike early and often.
This is awesome. Beautiful photography, incredible feat of skill. Many thanks to my friend Jason for sharing this with me
There was lots of planning that went into it as well and I imagine that the director of photography cringed when the moon didn’t rise up perfectly between the two peaks. They shot it from over a mile away. So maybe they would need to be 200 yards to their left for it to be centered. It was filmed at Cathedral Peak in Yosemite, CA with a canon 800mm lens (pictured below). It was actually a little bigger than the image below because they also used a 2x teleconverter with it. When you look at that image you are looking at serious amounts of “compression”. Meaning, the distance between the layers of the objects in the picture look closer than they actually are. Or to put it another way, the distance is compressed. When was the last time you took a photo of someone with the moon in the background and your subject was actually smaller than the moon? Yeah, it’s never happened to me either.
|Garrett trying to sound like he knows what he is talking about during his lecture during Nikon’s Photo Day on November 17, 2012. Photo by John Elswick, Associated Press|
WARNING: This blog posts contains photos with the photographer in front of the lens. Parental guidance suggested for children under 36 inches tall.
|The Newseum along Pennsylvania Ave just a few blocks from The Capitol. Photo GWU|
The Newseum is a mystical place where the First Amendment of the Constitution is hallowed and journalists are heroes. I was invited to lecture about visual storytelling at the Newseum a few weeks ago in conjunction with Nikon’s Photo Day. I’m used to teaching at workshops among other photojournalists and photography geeks so it was a new challenge to speak to such a diverse audience. I quite enjoyed it.
|The audience. Photo by Garrett Hubbard|
|Chip Somodevilla of Getty Images and WHNPA Eyes of History contest chair AND former photographer of the year gives a tour of the exhibit and how the photos were judged. Photo by Garrett Hubbard|
|Garrett Hubbard in front of his part of the exhibit that features his work that earned him White House News Press Photographers Video Editor of the Year while Boehner (center) looks on suspiciously. Photo by Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images.|
In this case these bridges lead you down off a 10-foot drop. Thank you Evan for inviting me to the top-secret lines and for getting me back out on my DH bike. Such a bummer that I blew out the damping circuit on my fork on a much bigger bridge drop with the name of “Wookie Jr.” I’d hate to meet the Sr! Unfortunately we weren’t filming for that one. I’m guessing it was around 11-15 foot drop to a transition (downhill slope) that wasn’t quite steep enough for a smooth landing on such a big drop. Hence the fork failure.
On Monday about 150 people from my community came together to help people in Coney Island, NY struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy by preparing 10,000 ready-made meals. This all started Wednesday when I made a phone call to Chris who is the senior graphic designer at Alliant Studios. After we had chatted about the soft launch of my new website he told me that the president of the studio, Kevin Frank, who wanted to talk to me about something. Kevin gets on the phone and goes on to tell me about his morning and how his basement was now dry after Hurricane Sandy, the sun was shining, and he was drinking his morning coffee less than 48 hours after the storm blew through the DC area. He shared with me that he just “didn’t feel right” that so many people in NY and NJ were struggling and here in DC life was back to normal. He then went on to tell me that he was going to do something about it and work with some of his clients to make it happen. Story continued below.
|Fairfax Community Church donated the space complete with tons of windows for natural light–hallelujah! God kicked in some sunshine and fall colors.|
|Some of the generous folks who made this happen. From left: Cat Blakley of Pie Sisters, John Natolly, Owner/operator of the Chick-fil-A at Fairfax Circle, Kevin Frank, President of Alliant Studios, and Alli Blakley of Pie Sisters.|
There’s something you should know about Kevin at this point in the story. First, he likes to dream. Second, he has a strong grasp of the big picture. Lastly, he likes his client relationships to go beyond the project. These are just a few of the reasons I hired Alliant to do my website and branding. You’ll notice my new logo watermarked in these photos.
Kevin and the team at Alliant reached out to some of their clients and found a way to make this happen. It is very cool how he partnered with all of his clients to make it happen. Check it out:
1. Kevin calls Ron at Generosity Feeds, an organization that mobilizes volunteers to make ready-made meals for children in need. Ron tells Kevin that each meal will cost about $1 and that it will take 150 volunteers about 2 hours to prepare 10,000 meals. Great organization, get involved!
2. Next, Kevin calls John who is Owner and Operator at the Chick-fil-A at Fairfax Circle. John agrees to provide snacks before and then feed all the volunteers afterward.
3. Kevin then calls the sisters in Georgetown. No, not the Nuns–but that would have been cool–but Alli, Bear, and Cat Blakely who started Pie Sisters a few years ago. They offered to bring amazing “cuppie” pies (individual size) for everyone.
4. Later, Kevin calls the Pope. But I don’t know where that conversation went. Yes, I am kidding.
Somewhere between Wednesday and Monday about 150 people connected to all of these companies and organizations singed up to volunteer 2 hours of their day and donate 2000 bottles of water, propane stoves, and propane tanks. What did I do in all of this you ask? Take some photos and video and pitch the story to my colleagues at some of the largest news outlets in the country. They didn’t bite but WUSA Channel 9 did show up after the festivities and I was able to hand off my footage to them. I have posted a few of my favorite photos from the event below and the WUSA video is embedded below. This event appears after the 2:30 mark in the video.
|Cute kids with a shirt that matches the message are bound to be photographed.|
|Ron Klabunde, CEO of Generosity Feeds preps the volunteers.|
|Many little hands contributed as Fairfax County Schools were out for the day. These girls were killing it!|
|These are the crazy awesome folks at Alliant Studios in front of the 10,000 ready-made meals. They took most of the day out of the office to make this event happen.|
Garrett Hubbard is a visual storyteller. He utilizes both video & still photography to connect his clients with their audience. He has spent the past four years with USA TODAY—taking him to the White House, the Olympics, The Royal Wedding, and many other places around the world.
Garrett is thankful for the trust he receives from those who invite him to tell their stories and is grateful for mentors and friends who have invested in his life story.