Friday, November 1, 2013

Leaf Rainbow

Kids and I tried to find every color of the rainbow as we walked around town....No blue except the sky and we cheated a little with the purple. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Friends Don't Let Friends Shoot Vertical Video

Has anyone gone to the movies and seen this ?!?! Of course not. 

Video is shot sideways because it usually includes action moving horizontally. Shooting vertically means you have to pan more which makes the viewer dizzy. I made this helpful reminder to put an end to one of the world's worst atrocities - Vertical Video. Ok, maybe it's 2nd or 3rd on the list, whatever. Let's make vertical video a social faux pas like talking in a movie theater or bringing young kids to an R-rated.....ok, bad examples...let's just put an end to it. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

My Achilles Heel is my, um, Achilles Heel

First, this post is not my normal photography or music posts, but I hope it helps anyone googling 'Achilles Tendon Rupture' the way I did right after it happened. I ruptured my Achilles tendon on May 31st. There was 5 seconds left in the 4th, we were down by 3 and I....I...ok, I was chasing another dad at a Father/Son Capture The Flag Game...whatever.

It popped, it hurt, and I knew something was REALLY wrong.

 I have read a lot of posts on other websites that say recovery is 6 months of hell. I guess for some, it is, but I'd like to give a little sign of hope to those who just had this happened. The first month SUCKS !! I'm not going to lie, I was crawling up stairs, no driving, struggling to do anything, and hating life. But due to a busy schedule, my doc couldn't do the operation for almost two weeks after the rupture and the two weeks post-op were no picnic either.

 ADVICE #1 - Get to the doctor ASAP! If you heard the pop and can't even imagine standing on your toes - go to the doc and get on the list for surgery (or start the non-surgical method)

Two weeks post-op my cast came off and I got a Cam-boot.

 ADVICE #2 - Buy the Cam boot while you're in the cast, order it from Amazon instead of some Mom & Pop shop. I bought mine local and paid $120 for a $40 boot. I bought forearm crutches because I liked the way they looked on Breaking Bad....don't, they don't really help. Instead buy regular crutches and.... 

ADVICE #3 Rent or buy a Knee Scooter !! They sell them for $215 on Amazon or you can rent one (mine was $50/month in NJ) They rock!! The knee scooter was amazing and having a basket to put stuff in and a place to sit is invaluable, you can't carry anything with crutches. Which leads me to...

 ADVICE #4 Carry a backpack so you can have your water, wallet, phone, etc with you while on crutches. If you have a ton of stairs or rocky terrain, the Knee Scooter might not be ideal, but anywhere else you're faster than regular walkers. I thought I'd get a speeding ticket at my local Target and Home Depot. Honestly, I miss it....*sniff*

 I heard a lot of people talk about sitting with your leg raised and staring at the friggin' TV all day, but I was having none of that!
 -I was scootering right after surgery
-kayaking one week post-op
-walking on my cam boot 3 weeks post-op
-and in a sneaker a week before my doctor told me it was ok.

 ADVICE #5 Buy a waterproof leg protector bag for your leg so you can take a shower, you can even swim in it.

 ADVICE #6 I didn't buy one, but I recommend a shoe leveler, otherwise your hips will hurt from being off balance. Crutch covers and crutch pockets would have been nice too.

 I'm not saying this is for everyone, I'm 43, in pretty good shape, always been flexible, and probably very lucky, but last week my doctor told me I was the fastest recovery he had ever seen! I did take my aspirin every day to prevent blood clots, use protein powder for muscle growth (don't know if that helps tendons), and took it pretty easy, but I only spent about an hour a day sitting in front of the TV.

 Be careful and don't push yourself, you'll know when to stop. I slipped getting out of the shower a week after surgery, landed on my bad leg, and screamed like a little baby! (I know what that sounds like, my wife gave birth the same week as my surgery!...June was a CRAZY month) If your the type of person who is dreading sitting around doing nothing more than the're probably like me and this method might work for you.
 Ten weeks in and I'm walking a few hours a day, sore when I'm done, but only a slight limp and no pain. Good Luck !!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Capture - A Great Photography Talk Show...on Youtube

Great talk show for Photographers or anyone interested in photography!

This episode has two of my all time favorites - Mark Selinger (who's always on since he hosts it) and British portraitist Platon. Oh, and the actor Dylan McDermott is also there in the ratings I guess? I can't, for the life of me, come up with another reason. Check it out it's good, you can fast forward the Dylan parts.

One Shoe, One Boot, One Kayak #picoftheday #nj

Monday, June 24, 2013

Kim's Portrait Session

Here's some images from a recent portrait session with two really great kids and their mom, an old friend I haven't seen in *gasp* twenty years.....which is odd since I'm only twenty-nine. The kids put up with alot and had nothing but smiles for me and their Mom hasn't changed a bit (which is a good thing). Photos were taken at my favorite studio - The New Jersey Botanical Gardens in Ringwood NJ. — at New Jersey Botanical Gardens.