Today is Thanksgiving.  Wow, time sure does pass quickly!  On this day last year, I was sitting in my living room with my Dad and talking about the outdoors, fishing, and photography, while we drank coffee and laughed together.  I planned on taking some photos of my Dad with my kids and my brother.  I am glad I did.  My father passed away on June 27th of cancer.  He passed quickly and my family and I were able to see him before he left us – Thank you Lord.  As I sit here, tears are rolling down my face as I wish I had more time with him.  “Life moves pretty fast  and if you don’t stop and look around once in while you could miss it” –  Ferris Bueller.  Certainly words to live by.  I have much to be thankful for, but today, I am thankful I saw my Dad in his last few days.  I am thankful he was a kind man that taught me much of the world, the goodness in a fathers heart,   how to me a man, and how to love the outdoors.  I love you Dad!

Remember – Hug the ones your with and call the ones you wish you were with.  I think Ferris would have also said that given the chance!



Cheap Alarm for Your Camera Bag

Voltage Valet

I have some photography travel coming up in a few months and I have started to look at security solutions for my camera and computer gear.  After a quick search I found the very affordable Voltage Valet Cable Alarm.

This slightly bulky device allows you to lock anything that will fit around the adjustable cable and will either alarm on a cut cable or if the object is moved.  I plan on using the lock in the hotel room as well as on the go when stopping for food, or when I just need to set my bag down.

I got my off of eBay for $9.95 with free shipping which  seems to be the going rate (Amazon

So far the device seems to work as promised but I have not used it long enough to list the pros and cons.





Posting on Flipboard

I know it has been a little quite on my blog and I apologize.  Most of my posting has been on my Flipboard magazine Life Through the Lens  It is just easier to share links and content I find interesting, of course longer posts will go here, but with school (NYIP) and work I have been crazy busy.  I suggest you continue to follow my blog, but also subscribe to Life Through the Lens

Hoping you have a Wonderful Holiday and a Merry Christmas.


PBS – The President’s Photographer: 50 Years in the Oval Office

“For 50 years, presidential photographers have covered it all: upheaval, tragedy, joy — often developing friendships with the presidents they serve. Acting as both visual historians and key links between the public and the presidents, for these photographers no day is the same — whether they are aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union or in the heart of the West Wing.” –

Watch the entire program at



Video – Norman Reedus & Al Wertheimer: Available Darkness

A cropped photograph depicts singer Elvis Pres...

A cropped photograph depicts singer Elvis Presley’s bust. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Norman Reedus and Al Wertheimer join Mark Seliger to talk about their books of photography: “Elvis and the Birth of Rock And Roll”, and “The Sun is Coming Up Like a Big Bald Head.” Al Wertheimer shares stories of traveling with and photographing Elvis Presley and Norman Reedus talks about the unsettling images that he has been able to capture in his travels as an actor” – Reserve Channel