Sunday, May 30, 2010


On May 5, 1868 General John Logan issued General Order #11. General Orders #11 designated the first official Memorial Day on May 30, 1868.

In General Orders #11 General Logan states the following:

"Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from his honor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan."

In 1968 Memorial Day was changed from May 30th to the last Monday in May.

Memorial Day is to honor all the soldiers who gave their lives defending our rights and freedoms as Americans.

"Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic." -John A. Logan

So May 31, 2010 we remember the over 1.3 million Americans that gave their lives defending us. We do this by placing flags to watch over their graves.

We lower the American Flag to half staff from sunrise until noon.

"I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did." -Benjamin Harrison

We also build permanent memorials to those loved ones who fought for our country.

So this Memorial Day let us remember those who fought and died for the United States of America. Even those whose name is not known.

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." -John F. Kennedy

"For love of country they accepted death..." -James A. Garfield

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." — General George S. Patton

"These heroes are dead. They died for liberty – they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars – they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead." — Robert G. Ingersoll


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Lens Baby Composer

A few months ago I got a Lens Baby Composer. The Lens Baby Composer is a an optic system that offers selective focus. This is achieved using the Lens Babies Optic and the fact that the "sweet spot" can be moved around the frame by tilting the axis of the optic. The Lens Baby offers several different optics using its optic swap system. I currently have the double glass optic but am considering the new fish eye optic. All Lens Baby products require manual focus, changing the aperture disk and manual settings work best on the camera.

Here are some photos shot with the Lens Baby.

This is the clock that sits on my mantle. The sweet spot is on the dial in an attempt to draw your eye to it.

The focus on the Lens Baby using the double glass is sharp. It will obviously not be nearly as sharp as a regular lens but it allows for outstanding effects.

One thing that I noticed is with an APS-C crop sensor you don't have to shift the optic system very far move the sweet spot around the frame.

As always you can click on any image to see a larger size.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Snap Totes are Here

I have partnered with Snap Totes to bring their bags to you. Snap Totes offers a wide variety of bags with your photos on them. Take a look at the bags here. All bag prices include shipping and Scotch Guard protection. These bags are very durable and well constructed. My wife has been carrying them for a few years and they show little sign of wear or dirt. If you have any questions please contact me.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Meghan and Tyson

Last night I went to Athens to Ohio University to shoot Meghan and Tyson's engagement pics. We made several stops around campus. They were great to work with and an absolutely lovely couple.

We started at Emeriti Park.

Next we headed to Baker Center.

We ended the night at the Ridges in Athens.

Thanks and Enjoy,


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sony's Eye Candy

Yesterday a photographer I follow in Seattle by the name of Chase Jarvis posted on his blog a video for Sony by the production group Superfad. Superfad made this video for Sony's "make.believe" campaign. I have been down in the dumps lately about the push on the release for the new A7xx body from Sony. Sony's late entry into the DSLR market after acquiring Minolta put them behind. From the specs announced at PMA on the new A7xx I am glad the pulled back. This video just reminded me that Sony is an innovator and leader in technology. Minolta pioneered many SLR technologies and I feel that Sony will continue that trend.

Sony "Eye Candy" from Süperfad on Vimeo.

Remember how Sony changed the world with the Walkman. I hoping they are working on something for photographers now.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

After the Rain

After receiving several inches of rain on Saturday and Sunday everything was had vibrant colors yesterday afternoon. The clouds were large and soft. The sky was a beautiful blue.

Also after mowing the grass the I noticed a solitary bleeding heart that had not been damaged after the rain.

Thanks and Enjoy!