I actually pulled the above cited fictitious piece of glass out of the very thin air of my noodle to get even with Moose Peterson. You know, he mentioned in his blog the other day that one of the reasons I was launching a blog was to get even with him. So here it is, I scooped him!
A first! And a last! And a, well, not real………
Here’s the deal: Ain’t nobody gonna scoop Moose. He knows first and most about every doodad, crawdad, pixel splitter, wing-jammer, loose-screw, toy, widget, beebop, biddybastard, whoozywhatsis, and thingamabobber before anybody else. I get my knickers in a twist at DLWS and say, “Hey, they’re comin’ out with this new wireless hyper drive that automatically sucks your images out of your camera straight to a re-touch operation in Bangalore, prints them on T-shirts and embeds them with software that automatically arranges for shipping, handling and depositing all sales revenue in your off shore account in Bimini!”
Moose’s reply: “Yeah, I’m aware. I’ve been on the beta team for that software for the last seven years.”
[More after the jump]
Dang! It’s rare to find the beating heart of an artist and the soul of an adventurer topped by a cranium with the logic of the math faculty at MIT and the computer crunching ability of the NSA. But there it is. Moose is a living, breathing, walking main frame. By comparison, upstairs I’m running a gray market version of Windows 95.
When Moose called me a couple years ago and asked me to teach on the Digital Landscape Workshop Series, I was like, huh? I don’t know a bear from a duck, a pine tree from a wildflower. I’ve been in and around NYC for my whole career. I feel comfortable seeing the air I breathe.
But, next thing I knew, I was out there in the forest, wearing a loin cloth, eating nuts and berries……
Little did I know I was joining a whole new family. Moose, his wife Sharon, shooters and teachers Laurie Excell, Kevin Dobler, Josh Bradley, and our own Brad Moore, not to mention “Wacom Joe” Sliger, he of the encyclopediac knowledge of Monty Python dialog, make up the faculty of DLWS. We shoot a lot of good pix, teach a whole range of skills from the digital darkroom to the field, and just in general get exhausted and have fun doing it. DLWS runs from Sunday afternoon through Wednesday night, and we cram in lessons it would take, oh, about 15 years of trial and error with a camera in your hands to figure out into those few days. At the end of the workshop, people’s heads are so full you see them wandering around in a daze, trying to find their vehicle in the parking lot. They parked the car in their life before DLWS, so it’s tough to find. DLWS is like a photo version of Stargate.
Hell, even I got a couple of good landscapes out of the deal.
Actually, I fell and the camera went off and I got these.
One of the above is from Moab, we go back there March 23-26. The other is from our recent workshop in Yellowstone, where we return to this coming January. All the info you need is on the DLWS website.
Mentioned in this post:
– Flotar 12mm to 723mm rectilinear f/1.4 with “DMI” assist (Decisive Moment Indicator)… Good luck finding that.