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NASCAR Driving Course
Sundays in the fall are supposed to be dedicated to football and beer; unfortunately for us our Steelers game wasn’t on cable (they still won – yeaa). So I grabbed my camera and the nearest model (which just so happened to be my fiancees daughter) and headed out to the back yard for some pseudo candid snaps. What is pseudo-candid? Well, that is where you get the model to pose and as they get bored waiting for you to take the picture they look off or do something like play with their hair and THAT is the pic you snap. Even though my model thought I was torturing her by making her sit where the zipper spiders usually hang out, I think we got some some nice pics ;o)
When we purchased our home 5 years ago, it came with two blueberry bushes and a gigantic garden. Any one with half a mind for gardening would have been tickled pink. As an eater of massive amounts of veggies, I thought of all the delicious fresh produce I could get out of that garden. Problem is, I am not a gardener. Actually, I have a bit of a black thumb. Almost everything green I touch seems to wither and die. I’m not sure if it is over care of under care – too much water, not enough water – too much sun, planted in the shade – I am sure a real gardener would be able to tell you. I just know everything green around me tends to die if I touch it. I am like the Goldfinger of gardening, except, a Blackfinger. Oddly, it doesn’t translate to weeds.
So the garden became overgrown with 3 inch trees and weeds that are taller than I am. Now I did have intentions of cleaning it out this spring and making an attempt at growing my own produce, but other priorities kept getting in the way (having a “To Do” list that is two columns in width and typed in 8pt font will do that). Luckily for us, blueberries don’t require much maintenance. Actually none. I just walked out one day and there was green little balls and as of last week, they turned blue. Sweeeeet. That is the kind of gardening I like.
Now I may not be able to garden, but I most certainly can pick blueberries. I used to go with my dad every year in August in Pennsylvania and pick 5 gallon buckets full of wild blueberries that grew in the mountains. My mom and grandmother would make the most delicious pies (albeit a bit runny from lack of flour – but shhh! I didn’t say that!). So pick I did and I came back with – a quart. Yes. Just a quart. Of which my 5 year old daughter ate half. But it was a quart of delicious blueberries grown in our own garden. I may not be able to make a pie with the remaining half quart – but maybe a smoothie.
Here is my favorite blueberry smoothie based on an Ani Phyo recipe:
1 cup frozen blueberries
1.5 cups water (or enough to cover berries)
2-3 pitted medjool dates
1/2 whole vanilla bean
1/4 cup raw cashews
3 ice cubes
Blend and serve!
This past week we were out and about doing some commercial video work for a local company who manufactures pool safety equipment. We showed up to do the shoot, and found out the shoot was to be held in a dark, unlit warehouse. Not good.
Having no continuous lights (tons of strobes, reflectors, and off camera flash -but no continuous video lights), we pretty much scrambled for anything we could find. Luckily there was another photog nearby who loaned us some lights.
Not a situation we want to be in or ever want to be in again so we went on the hunt for some cinematography lights. First stop: Barbizon in Charlotte (which ended up being our last stop as well because they are pretty much awesome. Read on).
We got hooked up with an awesome and completely knowledgeable sales rep who totally hooked us up. It just so happened they had an Arri 5 light kit that had been discontinued and they were willing to cut us an awesome deal.
Those familiar with the world of cinematography know the brand Arri and know they pretty much rock with their continuous hot lights. A couple hours later, we walked out two very happy customers with some totally awesome Arri lights and all the trimmings (barn doors, scrims, diffusers, soft box, stands…you name it).
So Guildbrook Studios pretty much has everything now for any photog or videog/cinematog shoot you can imagine. We rock.