Sunday, August 16, 2009

Un-Scheduled Vacation

It has been a few days since the last post was made. This past week has been beyond hectic. It was basically a vacation, but not really. This coming week there will be a few posts made about Adobe Lightroom 2. Lightroom 2 is a great work flow program that I have been working with and testing for our business. Over the past week or so we have been trying to set up the fastest workflow we possibly can. Lightroom plays a huge factor in getting our work to our clients faster than ever. This is just one topic that I will discuss about the features Lightroom has to offer.

This past Friday night/Saturday morning, we had quite the adventure. We made photographs in Turners Falls, MA. Turners Falls is home to the Hallmark Institute of Photography. A photo school that gears students to enter a career in photography. A school that I do not have the strongest feelings towards. For reasons left un-said at the moment. During the time we spent making photographs around the town. Roughly an hour and a half. We encountered some very entertaining people. One intoxicated individual,  stumbled towards us uttering the following,  “Fucking Hallmark students”. It was a bit annoying to have this man verbally assault us as we were in the middle of making some intense photographs. In fact, he was one of three people who made the poor assumption that an individual with a camera should automatically be stereotyped and labeled a Hallmark student. Over the past few years living in the area that I have, this is a stereotype that I have subjected to a few times. Each time it is just as bothersome as the last. Moving forward an hour. As the drive back was about an hour, we arrived in Holyoke Ma. The city in which our business/studio resides. Entering Dwight st, we immediately caught wind of a fire. We knew exactly what was happening, plus the blatantly obvious orange glow that took over the sky in section of the city we are familiar with. Over the next two hours, we made photographs of the fire. We responded before any other form of News Media showed up. The local news papers didnt even make it out during the actual blaze. Here are a few of the images they missed out on.

DSC_0549 DSC_0219 DSC_0227 DSC_0243 DSC_0251 DSC_0257 DSC_0261 DSC_0265 DSC_0267 DSC_0273 DSC_0282 DSC_0288 DSC_0294 DSC_0314 DSC_0318 DSC_0330 DSC_0336 DSC_0376 DSC_0399 DSC_0416 DSC_0458 DSC_0465 DSC_0471 DSC_0529

These are just a few of the 900 combined images we have. Me Tim Lastwoski, Co-owner spent a great deal of time ensuring the images we were making would be different than any other photograph that was being shot. Which even lead us to taking over a roof top adjacent from the fire. When I say adjacent from the fire, I mean we were so close we were getting soaked from the water being sprayed onto the flaming building.

During the day today, I discovered that the third floor of the building had a bomb strapped to an electrical box. The fire was ruled out an arson. The bomb is being investigated. There was a very rude individual that also took it upon himself to verbally assault anyone who was covering the fire for the purpose of the news and or media. He screamed and yelled at me, my friend, and my business partner. It was an uncalled for display of idiocy on his part. All and all, it was an adrenaline rush to be as close to the action as we were. We were so close, we felt like we were a part of it…

This week has a lot in store for lenshare and its readers. A new site will be launched too. So please be on the look out for that. It is a site that will reduce the amount of images I post here and give more free space for other photography related content enriched posts.

Stay tuned!

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