Chase Jarvis on Career Hurdles: “You’re going to come across a bunch of hurdles, and those hurdles predominantly should be there to keep people who don’t want it as much as you do out.”

Transcribed by Jeff Fenske

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“You’re going to come across a bunch of hurdles,
and those hurdles predominantly should be there
to keep people who don’t want it as much as you do out.”

– Chase Jarvis, photographer

Chase Jarvis: Ep. 106: reDefine: Adorama Photography TV

[Photography Ethics] How a Photographer Contrived a Hummingbird Shot

This bothers me, and seems to be unethical and deceptive business practice to me, unless the photographer is fully up front, telling every potential customer that he put sugar in the flowers, and that the beautiful floral background is a large print he hung on a tripod behind the flower, that replaced the feeder, which he placed there first so the hummingbirds would be accustomed to landing in this artificially created spot.

Replacing the feeder with a flower, and constantly spiking it with sugar:

Once the birds are acclimated to the position of my feeders and the surrounding flashes, I search for local flowers.

I remove the feeder and mount the flower in its place. The birds are primed to return to this location (they have very good spatial memory) for food. Some of them will leave when they don’t see the familiar feeder. But some will try the flower. To satisfy them further, I spike the flower with sugar water from a syringe.

Creating a fake floral background:

One consequence of setting all the flashes to be brighter than the ambient light is that a distant background will be black, as if it were night. That’s because the light from the flashes falls off very quickly at greater distances. (As described by the Inverse Square Law. … To solve this problem, you can put an artificial background behind the hummingbird, close enough to the flashes that it will be properly exposed (but far enough back to avoid shadows). In this case, I’d prepared several backgrounds at home that were natural looking blurs of plants and flowers similar to what we’d find in Ecuador. I often shoot out-of-focus pictures of flowers and vegetation for this purpose, and further blur them in Photoshop. Use your creativity and artistry.

Entire Article is Here:

How I got the shot: The Long-tailed Sylph – Hummingbird photography at the Equator, by Ralph Paonessa

Toasted In-Shell Peanuts, 5 pounds for $6.55 at Costco — How to keep them fresh!

Update 1/14:

I’ve changed my mind, and have adopted the unsalted variety, discovering they rock with even more fresh taste. Many are luscious white, inside. Awesome!

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For a few years, I’ve been getting Hoody’s Toasted In-Shell Peanuts at Costco: a really good deal, currently priced at 5 pounds for $6.55!

I get the salted variety, because salt not only seasons, but also helps preserve the peanuts. Big Pharma has many afraid of eating salt, but it’s in the Bible as a seasoning, and is very healthy. It seems that it becomes unhealthy when foods are made with a lot of corn syrup or sugar, which they then balance with salt — like some Americanized Mexican food, for example.

I always get a package that is still obviously tightly vacuum packed. The bag should fit like a glove. Healthy fats go bad fast — rancid — especially at room temperature. And most of the bags seem to lose their vacuumed seal.

I used to vacuum pack them in jars, and store them in the fridge, but they still wouldn’t stay totally fresh very long.

One day, I saw my chiropractor at Costco, who told me that he freezes them, and even at 0° they don’t turn solid. This is a great tip, as long as we tightly seal the bag; otherwise, the flavors will flavor the freezer and not remain in the peanuts.

Really good source of calcium, protein and healthy oils. Put them into the freezer as soon as you get home.


Spicy Red Pepper Hummus at Costco — and five more

Costco on Dimond in Anchorage was giving out samples a few days ago for their six varieties of hummus from Garden Fresh Gourmet.

I particularly liked the Garlic and their Spicy Red Pepper offerings, and bought the Spicy Red Pepper: two 24 oz. containers for $6.99.

The second ingredient is sesame tahini (ground sesame seeds). Very tasty. Info here:

Good with Costco’s Kirkland brand organic tortilla chips.


10 Bogus Excuses People Use When They Steal Photos from the Web

From: Petapixel

10 Bogus Excuses People Use When They Steal Photos from the Web

So you think you have a good reason or excuse to use a photo you found on the Internet without asking the photographer who took it? Let’s see if it can stand the test.


4. It’s on Facebook, and everything on Facebook is on public domain

Contrary to popular belief, a photographer does not lose his/her copyright when a photo is uploaded on Facebook. Facebook’s Term of Service says:

You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook

So can you share a photo posted on Facebook? Usually, but under certain conditions. Facebook Term of Service says:

you can control how [your photo] is shared through your privacy and application settings.

That means a photo on Facebook can be shared by another user only by using the “share” button and only if the photographer allows it from his/her privacy setting. You cannot save it on your computer and use it anywhere else on Facebook or the Internet.


10. Millions of people are doing it!

This argument is invalid. Unless of course you can point me out the article of law that tells exactly how many people doing something illegal it takes to make that act legal.

Entire Article Here