Get Your Ass To Cuba :: April 15-23 :: And Other Stuff
Greetings and salutations for the New Year to all of you! This is a quick post to let the internets know that…
• I’m still alive and kicking.
• I’ve been on my annual social media break since November and I’m about to get back around these parts again.
• DEDPXL is in the final stages of launch. If the national healthcare site can have launch issues then so can I damn it!
• Get your ass to Cuba. I’m heading back to Cuba this year and you need to come with me. April 15-23 2014.
Of course I’m going with the wonderful folks at the Santa Fe Workshops. They have fantastic relationships with amazing people in Cuba that makes these kinds of trips special. From the hotel to the food to the excursions to the people. Don’t buy that new lens. Spend that money on a week long trip you won’t soon forget.
So… there’s the sales pitch. We’ll be down there with Syl Arena as well. I can not begin to tell you how amazing a week in Havana can be. You have to experience Cuba now. Oh the people you will meet and the art you will see and the music and the food and the dancing and the rum and the food and the culture and the cars and the people. You get it. Spaces go very quick for these so if you want in, get in.
Now then. I know it’s been quiet around here for awhile. Goodness gracious do I ever know it. Sorry about that. I have a four burner stove and eight pots and pans in various stages of cooking. The biggest pot on my stove right now is DEDPXL. It is not vaporware. It is not just a handful of a few videos. It’s a new — thing. Platform? No. Maybe. Blog? Yeah. Resources. Critiques. Q&A. A few reviews here and there. Assignments. Tutorials. e-books. Did you hear that? Eeee. Boooooks. Print books are in the works but that will be later. E-books. I can’t believe it.
FEAR NOT — it’s not just e-books. You know how I kind of don’t blog often enough around here? My blogging schedule for DEDPXL is 64 posts long at the moment and it hasn’t even launched. DEDPXL is something I’ve been brewing for a long time. I think you’re gonna like it.
In related news, I’ve been working on OneLight v2.0 this winter. As always, I take these things very seriously….
What else? Being off social media is always a welcomed break at the end of the year. It clears the noise for sure. I have been told I missed some drama about a stolen workshop or something. Glad to have missed that. Otherwise I think everyone is doing okay. Yes?
Oh… I’ll be at WPPI for some talks and classes and so forth. Looking forward to connecting with a bunch of you there. Now that Jason Groupp is at the helm I’m all for WPPI. It was becoming too much of a high school beauty pageant convention for awhile there. Jason Groupp is a good friend and I think WPPI is going to become a healthier and valuable convention again. Not saying it was useless before but the cult of personality sure did overshadow it for a number of years. Gulf Photo Plus is also right around the corner. Are you going? There’s another shoot out this year. Not sure how I’m going to top my entrance. You know, provided I’m in the shoot out this year.
Fuji news — The new XXXXXXXXX camera is about to drop this month. I may or may not have had a hot fling with it in the back room of a recent electronics show in Vegas. I did have a brief fling with the new 10-24 f4 and 56mm f1.2 lenses. OMG. OMG. Yeah, they’re okay. I guess. Maybe I’ll pick one of those up. OMG! Bye bye 60mm!
In assignment news — I may or may not have had one too many Jager shots on the Born Of Osiris party bus. I was there for Revolver Magazine. It was a lot of fun.
Fuji 14mm held over my head, hand held flash, hoping it all came out okay. It did.
My authors series ran in Atlanta Magazine. This is where I tried stitching portraits for the first time and fell in love with that process. That’s one of the blog posts for the upcoming DEDPXL site. This is Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, in her home in Atlanta.
All of the authors I worked with were wonderful and Atlanta Magazine ran the whole series B&W! Yes! I was hoping they would!
I’ve been considering a massive yard sale of my camera gear. Like, breaking it down to the very bare minimum of gear. Like, three bag limit sort of thing. I wonder if I can do it. That’s my next experiment.
Uhhhh. Oh. Last thing. Since moving to PhotoShelter for my site I have yet to get this damn blog refaced to match the site. That is now happening. Should be up in the next week’ish or so. Yay! Note that this blog will be more focused on showing new work and all of the photographer to photographer stuff will be on DEDPXL.
That’s it for now. I’m back to the kitchen to get all this stuff done. WPPI hang out? Yes? There’s an awesome pub at the Riviera that I just found when I was there for CES. I know it’s a bit of a haul from MGM but they actually have real beer so it’s worth it. It’s called Wicked Vicky or something like that. I think a meet up there is in order. I’ll be back on Twitter by then so let’s find each other there.
Shout out if you’re coming to GPP!
And you are coming to Cuba right? Say you are. You don’t want to miss it. I swear. You’ll regret missing Cuba.
More. To. Come!