First storm

Nothing like that first storm of the winter.  I love the structure and power created with a billion wet flakes.

Lagoon Pond

Lagoon Pond Vineyard Haven.  Early morning in August.

Lagoon Pond

NYC from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Recently I spent some time with David Ferguson (my father-in-law) shooting NYC from the Brooklyn Bridge Park.  David is an avid and talented outdoor photographer and had this shot on his bucket list so I tagged along and took a few images of my own.

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It’s amazing to me that Brooklyn has such a spectacular park and with such an incredible view of NYC.  This is one of the many must see spots in NYC.

This image was taken at ISO 100, 30MM, f9.0 at 30 seconds on my Canon 5D mkIII using a Canon EF24-70mm 2.8 lens.

Beach Feet

My favorite feet on my favorite beach.

My favorite feet on my favorite beach.

A Shiny Pebble

We are descendants of the creatures that picked the shiny pebbles from the river.  We love to touch, experience and be part of a community.  I love this example of a shiny pebble.  The owner of this small shop has created an icon that is experiential, differentiates and tells a story about what you are likely to encounter in the community that he has created inside.

 

Winter Street Bike

Winter Street Bike

I spoke with the owner a bit before I asked him if I could photograph his bike and he told me that dozens of people take pictures of it every day during the summer.  Many of those people also wander in to experience his shop – to experience him and how he sees his world.  So, a story extended to the street is no doubt adding value to the people that walk by and the shopkeeper that is attracting new customers.

What is your art?

All people have art in them. For some it’s music or painting. For others its the written word. And, for some it is the ability to see something in others or inspire. But for sure all of us have art, the ability to create something where previously there was nothing, inside of us. All we have to do is let it out. 

Are you a Factory Worker?

“Factory workers” follow process.  Factory workers have a schedule.  Factory workers are told what to do and when to do it.  This sounds a lot like what many of us do every day.  The unfortunate part of this is that it takes the innovation, creativity, fun and ultimately, value creation out of our “jobs”.  This is not what I want to do.  Is this what you want?

It is true that we need rules and process but we also must have innovation, creativity and fun in our jobs.  Without this there is no passion and without passion for what we do we can’t be great.  We won’t become Our Best.

So, what to do?  I encourage all of us to look for the opportunities to try new things, new ideas and new perspectivesin our “jobs”.  I meet people every day that are doing extraordinary things – “ordinary” people doing extraordinary work because they choose to be special – to have passion for what they do.

How are you going to be special today?