Back in the Saddle..and Blogging..

Dear Blog. I have been cheating on you. It’s been so long since you and I connected. But finally that should change..

The Flatiron Building

It’s been an interesting couple of months. I’ve spent a lot of the time moving a lot of my personal website stuff over to one location, and consolidating all of these web properties into one spot. That, and writing “Get Your Photography On the Web” being completed (more on that later), I felt like I was able to run up for air for a few days and take a look at this blog again.

Consider it a case of the Cobblers son not having any shoes – I just guess I thought that not that many people would be interested in hearing my personal views and voice on X, and Y – that most of the time they’d be interested in tutorials and teaching, and tech. As it turns out a lot of you were cool about emailing and asking about what I was going to do with the blog, so rather than just let it whither, I figured i’d come here and just spew about all sorts of stuff.

Why don’t I start by telling you about the image above- the Flatiron building in NYC. That was a doozy to get.

The Flatiron Building in New York City
I got to go up to New York City when I was writing the book, and I had always wanted to get this shot. Back at work, we have a HUGE print of this hanging in a hallway. There was just something about the one that was hanging there that was just “off” to me. Maybe it was that it was not mine… Maybe it was the composition. I’ve always wanted this shot.. and being in NY was my time to have it!!

I needed to take the shot, but I needed the camera to hold still. The Empire State Building forbids Tripods. Enter the Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket and a Manfrotto Super Clamp Without Stud.

On the Empire State Building there are protection fences that are pretty sturdy. You can attach the arm to the structure and fire away.” (that’s the rig shown at right—you can see it clamped to the fence, and it gives you a lot of freedom as to where you position the camera). I had this packed in my bag when I was in the building – along with my tripod. Security immediately took my tripod, but scanned and let me pass with the Magic Arm in the bag, which I was pumped about.

A little Photoshop treatment, and I was done. Finally, the shot I wanted..

More to come.. promise.


  1. That is a beautiful shot. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Hey RC, your blog and I thank you for your return. 🙂

  3. I missed Dave at PSW (I saw Jay Maisel istaend), but his speech at the closing ceremony was very moving. I’ll be sure to not miss any of his classes in the future if I have the chance.Baseball shooting is tough, as there is not a lot of action, but a LOT of anticipation (where is the ball going, is there a play on the bases, timing the shot for the swing of the bat, different speed pitches, getting the background right, etc.). Looks like Dave’s tips really helped you nail some great shots. Baseball is my favorite sport (football is a close second), and I’m always looking for interesting photos of the game.Will you be posting more pics, Scott? John

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