STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY srb@srbphoto.com (STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:51:00 GMT Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:51:00 GMT http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u46409982-o167521180-50.jpg STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog 120 94 DC PHOTO BOOK: THIRD EDITION http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/dc-photo-book-third-edition

 

It was a great treat to heft the weight of the new DC PHOTO BOOK.  At 160 pages and forty new pages of new memorials and monuments, it could easily have been subtitled: "A Veterans Guide to Washington, DC"..  The book will be distributed through the studio and through Honor Flight hubs.  With the transition from WWII to Korea and Vietnam by most of the Honor Flight hubs, the additions to the new book include two page spreads on

  • The Disabled American Veterans Memorial
  • The new Smithsonian African American Museum
  • -Eighteen more pages on the WWII Memorial
  • Ten Pages on the Korean Memorail
  • Ten Pages on the Vietnam Memorial
  • Two more pages on the Women in Military Service to America Memorial
  • Four more pages on Arlington Cemetery
  • a page on the Navy Museum in the Navy Yard....rarely visited but quite beautiful
  • a page on Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles
I took the opportunity to use all new images and present many images that had never been seen before. The changes are significant enough to label it a completely new book by the Copyright Office.  I've kept the cover because it is iconic Washington.  The back cover was changed for one of my favorite views of the WWII Memorial in the evening.

Amerian Disabled Veterans Memorial below


Taken while the WWII Memorial and the Washington Memorial were under construction

Colonel William Webber of the Korean War Memorial Foundation was able to negotiate permission to finally make some images of the Korean Memorial.  I am very pleased!

 
Ebooks are available through both Amazon and Apple Formats.  

AVAILABLE LOCALLY

The books can be found locally at, Eastern National stores at the FDR, Arlington Cemetery store and the Lincoln Memorail.  They are also available Guest Services stores by the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. , I've been using an infrared camera to photograph the Cherry Blossoms and expect to do more this Spring.  In May a new book of postcard on the Cherry Blossoms is due out.  A bit late for this year but the Blossoms are ever in demand in DC!
 
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A gallery of selects from Honor Flight Chicago's  May 11, 2016 flight   It was an amazing time at the WWII Memorial with 100 veterans, 100 plus guardians, volunteers "The President's Own" United States Marine Band and family members who came to greet their veterans. It's an incredible  phenomena and I am delighted to be part of it. The images from today are available for download for "personal use.  Honor Flight Chicago celebrated its 70th Flight and I have been at sixty-nine of them and will celebrate my 70th in three weeks. 

Despite the weather, everybody performed flawlessly and it looked like the Veterans were having a great day despite the rain which we've been having plenty of these past two weeks. Honor Flight Chicago's ceremony is enhanced by the talents of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band"' "Gunnery Sergeant" Sara Sheffield. The last gunnery sergeant I worked with was certainly not as talented as Sara Sheffield but he did have a really loud voice! That's Gunnery Sgt Dave Haglund who played taps.

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A rainy morning didn't deter DC Guardians and National Park Service volunteers from getting down to the Memorial.  The flights were either behind or ahead of schedule so  It's always a pleasure to hang out with like-minded folks and particularly these generous individuals. Dave Nichols, board member of Honor Flight kept the traffic moving on Homeland Drive..  His relationship with the National Park Service Police escorts has been really great. It's nice to have their cooperation in our venture.  Many of the Veterans find the Escorts through traffic the most fun of the day and having ridden behind them in a bus, it's amazing and terrifying to see them clear traffic for five and six buses.   It's also a convenient way to get around town. 

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As always the photographic opportunities are limitless whether its a personal image like this one or a group photograph like the one below.   have found these Super Saturdays are all they are cracked up to be. See you on April 16th!

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The 2016 Flying Season began with the "Rosies" brought to DC by Talons Out Honor Flight and sponsored by  Ford Motor Company.  They were brought first to Capitol Hill and then down to the WWII Memorial where a good many volunteers  had assembled to greet them

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It was a delightful start to the season and a lot of the "usual suspects" were out to greet!  

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I am publishing a "mini book" of Cherry Blossom images.   It should be available in mid May.   Like every DC based photographer, the Blossoms are a rite of Spring (some may say Passage) that we attend to.  I am late for this season but prefer to think of myself as early for 2017!  Most of the images were made with a Nikon camera modified by Life Pixel.  The combination makes for a rich visual experience and unusual views of the Blossoms.  The cover of the book is going to be printed on Linen stock while the cards inside will be on a flat stock.  The cards are detachable and I think it will make a nice gift item.  Due end of May, I am looking forward to introducing them to the market.  The proofs below arrived today and I am very pleased with the color and the way the infrared works with the blossoms. . 

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srb@srbphoto.com (STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) DC Spring Washington blossoms cherry tourism travel http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/cherry-blossoms-for-2017 Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:55:37 GMT
2015 FLYING SEASON http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/spring-wrap JEWEL OF THE MALLJEWEL OF THE MALLMy favorite image this Spring has to be his picture of Senator Dole double smooched by the ladies of Southland Honor Flight. It's obvious however that Honor Flight while still growing is transitioning to Korea and Vietnam.

My favorite image this Spring has to be his picture of Senator Dole double smooched by the ladies of Southland Honor Flight. It's obvious however that Honor Flight while still growing is transitioning to Korea and Vietnam.

As the Spring Honor Flight season wraps up, I've been looking over the images I have made this Spring and Summer.  It's been spectacular.  I currently have over 40,000 usages of Honor Fights in action at the WWII Memorial.   it's a long term project and I will figure out what to do with these images after the last WWII Veteran has seen it. The inevitability makes it's all the more urgent that Veterans get to see their Memorials and that the effort to achieve this be recorded.  The variety of ceremonies honoring Veterans at the WWII Memorial is stunning and an hour spent with any Honor Flight always results in spectacular images and a more positive view of the universe--especially if you've lived in Washington as long as I have!

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 Mary Pettinato of Honor Flight Chicago and a few other hubs are sweeping their areas to find the WWII Veterans and you can see the lengths they've gone to as evidenced by MP's beautiful advertising campaign.  

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im Tayon and Honor Fight Franklin County at the Memorial

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srb@srbphoto.com (STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) dole flight honor memorial senator wwii http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/spring-wrap Sun, 13 Mar 2016 16:32:23 GMT
WWII MEMORIAL BOOK: LAST EDITON: http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/wwii-memorial-book-last-editon The last printing of WWII MEMORIAL: Jewel of the Mall is in the warehouse and ready to ship.    Beginning today, both the WWII MEMORIAL and DC PHOTO BOOK  books will be priced at $20.00 apiece in cases of twenty books ($400.00) and $24.95 plus shipping for singles.  When this printing is sold out, WWII MEMORIAL: Jewel of the Mall. will not be reprinted and will only be available as an eBook. The eBooks can be used on tablets, home computers and can be projected in community settings.  The DC PHOTO BOOK will be updated and continue to be sold.

 

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You can order through the website or email me at the studio.   I want to thank everyone for their support.  It has been a great pleasure to be able to substantially discount some 100,000 plus books to Honor Flight hubs and sell another 60,000 through other outlets.  I cannot financially keep two books going and as the DC PHOTO BOOK has a wider scope, I have chosen to retire  WWII MEMORIAL: Jewel of the Mall.  The price increase will pay out the mortgage on the book.  I will continue to stay involved with Honor Flight as it transitions to Korea and Vietnam.

See you on the Mall.

Stephen R. Brown


 

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srb@srbphoto.com (STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) Books DC DC PHOTO BOOK Honor Flight Memorial National Park Service WWII Washington guardian photography veteran http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/wwii-memorial-book-last-editon Tue, 09 Jun 2015 23:54:29 GMT
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Super Saturdays at the WWII Memorial  are wonderful events as they connect the DC and world tourist community with the heartbeat of America.  The WWII Memorial is the most popular (4.5 to 5 million visitors last year) Memorial in Washington, DC!  To make it more popular, Friends of the WWII Memorial, Honor Flight DCA, Eastern Shore Re-Enactors, and Gotta Swing have stepped up the pace of their activities making an Honor Flight Network visit to the Memorial really memorable!  I try to arrive on these Super Saturdays in time to to inspect the area around the Memorial before buses start rolling in.  As the author of DC PHOTO BOOK, and WWII MEMORIAL,  I am always looking for photographs that will enrich the next edition.   

Over on Homeland Drive, Dave Nichols, a board member of Honor Flight,  is as always getting ready to direct buses and keep the general mayhem in line. Jeff Miller,do-founder of Honor Flight,  came up from Hendersonville, NC to help with the seeming chaos that occurs when fifty buses arrive.  Dave has also managed an excellent relationship with the various police escort services and so traffic is manageable...more or less.

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The "usual suspects begin to gather. Eastern Shore, Honor Flight DCA and Gotta Swing members gear up for the day.  And it seems calm for a moment and then...

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...the party begins with Ralph Brignac and riders leading the first group from San Diego.  

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Needing no prompting and arriving early, Honor Flight San Diego sets up their photograph with Dave Smith, Jeff Hall and I organizing and taking the picture.  They have their "well-traveled" flag with them which sets them apart in the large group photograph.  Indiana produce sand brings posters of when the veterans were younger and they take the pictures with the posters  It's a bit time-consuming but certainly worth it for the visuals.

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And just about 10:30, the "hardest working" man in Wshington,  Senator Bob Dole shows up to greet the Veterans as they enter the Memorial.  He is legendary for his persistence and has been doing four hour stretches these past couple of weeks.  He looks great and you can tell that he loves sitting in the sun and chatting!  Quite a treat for all.

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About this time, there are groups milling about everywhere and I feel like I am swimming in photographs!

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stumble across Honor Flight Tallahassee and give them a hand moving 190 people from an over-crowded area to my favorite "center" position.  It worked out fine and one of the "Guild of Tour Guides" was kind enough to move his group out of the way so we could accomplish the picture.   The day is amazing.

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The buses at this point are so numerous that Honor Flight Network buses are unloading on 17th Street and so I walk up to find Allen Bergeron of Honor Flight Austin getting ready to take his group photo and we have a chance to chat....and get that picture taken care of.  I think my HERDING CATS essay is working and I am happy to see all of these photos being taken.  This should all be remembered as the best of us.

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When the Memorial first opened, music wasn't allowed and  dancing unheard of and even sacrilegious!  So I am pleased that the Gotta Swing crowd has changed the environment and vets can look forward to a 3D "MULTI MEDIA" kiss from the Gotta Girls!  It's kind of interesting that Washington, DC media is just beginning to recognize the Memorial and begin to delve into its unique character.  Moe interesting is the fact that DC natives have grown used to seeing busloads of Honor Flights speeding along with police escorts!  

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Throughout the day, a variety of Drill Teams form up, ceremonies happen, and it's a colorful and photogenic event.  

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with the Queen's Guard topping of the day with a well coordinated "practice" around the Memorial for the VE Day event. They looked and sounded great.

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The Honor Flight Network is growing daily and the trend is to taking Korean War and Vietnam Veterans.  However, hubs like Chicago are actively launching aadvertising campaigns to find the remaining veterans who have not yet seen their Memorial.  In Chicago, Mary Pettinato estimates some fifteen to twenty thousand WWII veterans who are unaware of or who have not applied for a trip.  And this will be the subject of a future post....Have a GREAT WEEKEND.

There's a Super Saturday scheduled this Memorial Day Weekend....  It should be a doozy!  

David Luria of Washington Photo Safaris is scheduling in Honor Flight Saturdays as part of his classes and so more great publicity!  He is also donating money to the flights that he photographs.

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 FREE SHIPPING through the end of May to Honor Flights. These books call forth a lifetime of memories and are both inexpensive and beautiful mementos. The stories I hear of veterans' responses to the book are heart warming.  They add depth and permanence to the Honor Flight experience and allow families to share.  Make sure you remember to place your order a minimum of two weeks in advance.  You can email me at srb@srbphoto.com

Many hubs and elder care residences are making a gift of "Jewel of the Mall"  to veterans unable to fly as that is increasingly the case. Gary Banz, a state legislator from Oklahoma was able to get a list of every WWII veteran being taken care of by the VA nursing homes and got them all books.  Allen Bergeron's Austin Honor Flight has a little ceremony where they visit with a veteran and present a book and service medal.  With this free shipping, I am hoping to make the books as accessible and inexpensive as possible. The Korea Poster is only available to Honor Flights who order the DC PHOTO BOOK. 

On the publishing front,I've had several nice events.   Where Magazine which is in every hotel room in DC, published a ten page portfolio of images from DC PHOTO BOOK.   "Destination DC" has been using the DC PHOTO BOOK to promote the city for tourism and conventions.  Eastern NationalGuest Services, the International Spy Museum,  and the Holocaust Museum sell the book in their stores at $24.95.  

In case you weren't at the Summit, I have posted my latest edition of HERDING CATS Vers. 3.0 on my website.  If you are leading a group to the Memorial this year, I think it's a valuable guide.  I have provided a number of examples for reference.  The Honor Flight Network Summit was spectacular with over three hundred of my favorite people in attendance.  It was wonderful to see everyone and experience the warmth of the Honor Flight family. 


 

After a long Winter,  I am looking forward to getting out and photographing the Cherry Blossoms using both my regular Nikons and my modified infrared Nikon D40.  The effects are very interesting.  As always with these scenes of the Tidal Basin and Cherry Blossoms, I have found that the old photographic adage that it's easier to photograph a pretty woman rings true. 
 
 



TIDEWATER: The Chesapeake Bay in Photographs will be reprinted in the Fall. .  The book is available on the Apple Store for download or hard copy through my Amazon author's page.  The Inn at Perry Cabin in St.Michael's, Maryland carries the book as does Honey's Harvest on the Western Shore. 

 



One of the great things about  eBooks is that they can be loaded with information which is too expensive to print and of course, they are instantly available!  WWII MEMORIAL:  Jewel of the Mall has one hundred extra images and a movie built in. Downloads and sample chapters are free on the Apple Store,"  I am looking forward to seeing them distributed in the education market which is increasingly dominated by tablets.

 

 

If you are an Honor Flight leader, consider using the Women in Military Service For America Memorial for a lunch stop as they are a comfortable and air-conditioned visit.  Additionally, they have clean and comfortable restrooms and my book is on sale and my prints on exhibit. The cost of a setting up tables for your veterans in the air conditioned luxury of the Women's Memorial is about one-fifth of the price of a tent rental (when that was possible) at the WWII Memorial!  

You can book in advance by emailing Donna Houle, the Director of the Memorial Education Center. Her phone number is 703-892-2606. While you're there, make sure you visit the roof of the Memorial. As you exit the elevator, you will find yourself right in the very center of the cemetery looking out to the Lincoln Memorial.  It's quite a panorama--so nice in fact that I donated two pages to it in my DC PHOTO BOOK.  I've had a few requests to photograph Honor Flights at the WWII Memorial and I am happy to do so free of cost if I happen to be there but I cannot schedule anything.  I


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While we have ample supplies of both the DC PHOTO BOOK and the WWII Memorial: Jewel of the Mall book, it always helps if you can order early. Many hubs are choosing to give the book out at the hotel but please make sure that you check a day or two before you fly that your order has been delivered.  The Korean War Veterans Memorial poster, which we are donating to Honor Flights transitioning to Korea with the DC PHOTO BOOK, has been reordered due to its popularity.



There are a few hundred copies of TIDEWATER: The Chesapeake Bay in Photographs  in stock and I will order the revised edition later this year. The book is available on the Apple Store for download or hard copy through my Amazon author's page.. One of the great things about these eBooks is that they can be loaded with information which is too expensive to print and of course, they are instantly availale!  WWII MEMORIAL:  Jewel of the Mall has one hundred extra images and a movie built in. Downloads and sample chapters are free on the Apple Store,"
 
      


While we have ample supplies of both the DC PHOTO BOOK and the WWII Memorial: Jewel of the Mall book, it always helps if you can order early. Many hubs are choosing to give the book out at the hotel but please make sure that you check a day or two before you fly that your order has been delivered.  The Korean War Veterans Memorial poster, which we are donating to Honor Flights transitioning to Korea with the DC PHOTO BOOK, has been reordered due to its popularity.
 
 

Let me know what you think! As always, join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
 
Regards,



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srb@srbphoto.com (STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) AIR DC FLIGHT FORCE HONOR KOREA MEMORIAL MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPHY TRAVEL VETERAN VIETNAM WASHINGTON WIMSA WWII http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/spring-2015 Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:54:19 GMT
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HONOR FLIGHT SUMMIT 2015

PHOTOGRAPHY:
PLANNING, LOCATION, PHOTO WORK-FLOW AND CREATING  A VISUAL DATABASE

Memorializing and maximizing your Veteran’s short visit to the Memorial is important. Keeping them comfortable while you make this image is vital. Getting the group shot is traditional for history and a keepsake for the families of Veterans. It is also evidence of your good work and so your best fund-raising tool! I  put this piece together as a reference for planning the big photo. There are locations that work photographically with different size groups. Planning this group photograph should be part of volunteer training as if it is delayed, everyone suffers.

You should advise bus captains and Volunteers to be “on time” for the group photograph. The bathroom break upon arrival should be fifteen to twenty minutes long so Volunteers and Guardians should plan on being in place fifteen to twenty five minutes after your arrival on Homeland Drive.

****If you have a group of more than five Veterans, the curved walkways by the state pillars DO NOT make a good background for group pictures. They are however great for individual shots if your state is conveniently placed.

John Bonk’s advice: (He has photographed sixty Honor Flight Chicago flights)

“Assuming 90 Veterans, begin by lining up the first wheelchair between Lincoln and the Washington Memorials and then spread 24 wheelchairs in front (twelve to a side), another 26 wheelchairs behind them and the rest of the Veterans standing...

-Assemble as quickly as you can...Ten to fifteen minutes for bathroom,

-Stagger the wheelchairs so you can see everyone’s face, do a salute shot, check the background for stray tourists,

-One of two Volunteers should be working with photographer

-Volunteers should place their veteran, take a “quick picture and step back twenty five feet.

-Nurses can duck behind the wheelchairs.

There are a number of photographers in the Capitol Region who you can hire and who are also volunteers of our DCA Honor Flight which incidentally makes me so proud of Washington. We accomplish so little here that it’s nice to see DC step up!!!!

Assuming you are using a lot of photography, I recommend Zenfolio.com to be the easiest and cheapest image storage and distribution system. It is also a complete website solution which

can be adopted to the “Honor Flight” style and additionally is excellent for social media . Using Zenfolio, you can blog, email and sell products. You can also store your event photos in folders and make them available (OR NOT) to the public. You can assign passwords and allow printing and if you like, pay for the prints through sales to family members. UPON INITIAL

SETUP, DO NOT ALLOW PRINTING until you have gotten a grasp of the system. Smug mug and Photo Shelteri are commercial websites which also do an excellent job.  

As to cameras, think WIDE ANGLE! The cameras offered with 20x zooms are slow and are not wide enough to make group pictures. If you want to get closer, let your feet do the zooming!

• I believe the Honor Flight Network paperwork has a built-in photo release. If not, one is included at the end of this presentation.

• Decide on your photo location (with an alternative) and make it part of Guardian training.

• Volunteers should place their Veterans on the Memorial, take a “quick picture” of the Veteranalone and then step back so the group photograph can be made. Most are not wide enough

• to take a group picture so GIVE THE PHOTOGRAPHER SOME ROOM! Using a web based photoplatform, everyone can retrieve the pictures.

• John Bonk also used a device named “Wolverine”, a portable hard drive to collect the volunteer

• photographs at the airport at the end of the day.

• Regarding photographs: “Take prisoners and find out who’s guilty later!” With a 16 mega-byte card, you should be able to record about 4000 pictur

 

CENTER POSITION

 

I favor the center position as you get maximum visual exposure with the Veterans,the sky, the fountains, the columns and pillars, Wall of Stars and President Lincoln in one shot.That's  a lot of visual information built at great cost which you should be incorporating into your picture.

 

In this photograph, the sky was gray and cloudy so I used a tool called “lighten shadows” to lighten the clouds and give them authority raised the level of green in the trees, fixed the grass in front, selected the Veterans using a special tool and sharpened their faces and lightened the shadows. All of the areas of the image should be mentally separated by tonality so the men, the trees, the grass, the columns, even the white in the sky can be altered. Because almost everyone is wearing a baseball cap, the filter “Adjust + Lighten Shadows” is used at about thirty percent of full strength. This one filter alone makes Photoshop worthwhile.

 

If you are the designated photographer, move in on a photograph like this and catch the leadership for organizational purposes. For this photograph, I contacted Dave Smith and we had people working with me to push the crowd back almost to the Commemoration Stone. In all , I don’t think we took more than fifteen minutes. Allow Guardians to photograph Veterans while set up is going on and then move back behind photographer. Just think, if you have twenty five Guardians who each hold up the photographfor “just a minute”, it’s twenty five minutes your Veterans are missing at the Memorial. As we are all aware that time is growing short, lets not waste it

 

Secondary angle to your main shot but the background is terrific. The primary photographer should be able to get three images in one session but better you designate three people to cover ceremony.

 

A nice clean shot with 40 people in it. A small group like Franklin County benefits as much from all the symbolism as does a large group like San Diego

FORTY FIVE DEGREES TO PACIFIC

 

SOMEONE ELSE HAD A PERMIT FOR THE CENTER SO I PHOTOGRAPHED FROM THE TOP OF THE RAMP.
IT WORKS BUT IT WAS AT THE EVERY EDGE OF MY WIDE ANGLE LENS.

 

FORTY FIVE DEGREES TO ATLANTIC

From beneath the Pacific Arch. If the fountains are running high, you miss the eagles but certainly get a nicely balanced

picture. Three are 39 Veterans and Guardians. It is a difficult position because it’s hard to keep the foreground clear.

 

Well-executed with the flag. Plenty of time to move around. The wide angle lens give you the ability to orchestrate the elements in your photographs. This photo would have been better if taken from left as Veterans would be in background. However, you can’t interrupt the ceremony although you can move about “stealthily.”

 

Plan for Senator Dole. He comes at 10:30 and leaves about 12:00. If you are planning to do a big group picture, I would choose to go around him and then let your Veterans tour the Memorial and then get back to him. He is most likely to be there on Saturday although....he pops in like he owns the place...and he might!!!  A difficult call as sometimes you will lose your veterans to the Senator which can throw all your planning out the window.  

 

PANORAMAS

This is a panoramic picture composed of four pictures stitched together. It’s a nice place to assemble but lacks any visual impact in the background. ***If you get stuck in this position, you can take four images which overlap by forty percent and I can stitch them together for you. About fifty people here.

Here a few tight shots which make good visuals.

 

I also use a variety of photo filters to occasionally "save" a bad picture.  Color is your friend!

DOCUMENT YOUR HUB

PHOTOGRAPHING THE LEADERSHIP AND KEY FIGURES ON LOCATION IS IMPORTANT FOR WEB USE, PUBLICITY, ETC. MAKE SURE YOU USE THE MEMORIAL LOCATION TO ITS MAXIMUM EFFECT. HERE EARL MORSE, ROLLAND KIDDER, VICE CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER OF FRIENDS OF THE WWII MEMORIAL, JEFF MILLER AND GEORGE KERESTES WERE ASSEMBLED FOR PEOPLE MAGAZINE SO I MADE USE OF THE TIME.

 

 

If you have the opportunity, get the leadership with Senator Dole.  He doesn't endorse many causes and his name value is extraordinary.

 

If you get an extraordinary guest like General Powell, make sure you have someone at the Homeland Drive parking spot to greet them and escort them to the veterans.  

 

 

If you have a celebrity like General Powell, make sure you have an assigned person to meet them and guide
them to your group. If they have a pleasant experience, they will take the opportunity to come back.  It's as good press for them as for you.

THIS IS ALSO A GOOD TIME TO TALK ABOUT FILL FLASH.

 

IMAGE STORAGE AND CORRECTION

Here’s the image as it came off the camera. You don’t have to live with that if you get a basic mastery of Photoshop or hire someone for about $35.00 per hour.

Cropping the image. On the left, you can see the various filters that can be applied to the image and on the right, a number of “adjustment panels”which allow you to enhance the image.

 

It’s my personal opinion that if we let the camera define what we saw, then we are allowing ourselves to be deceived. The original picture is fine but it’s not cropped and color corrected to capture the spirit of the day.

 

Be Ready!!!


Photo Organization and Distribution

I use zenfolio to store my images because it works both as a phenomenally inexpensive backup for my images, a gallery with print capabilities and also does my social media and can be used for slideshows and presentations.  

FOLDERS OF IMAGES FOR EACH EVENT AND TRIP CAN BE USED FOR FAMILIES, SOCIAL MEDIA, SLIDES SHOWS FOR FUND RAISING,

FOLDERS OF IMAGES FOR EACH EVENT AND TRIP CAN BE USED FOR FAMILIES, SOCIAL MEDIA, SLIDES SHOWS FOR FUND RAISING,

 

IMAGES CAN BE USED FOR PRESENTATIONS, SLIDE SHOWS, ETC....THEY ARE ALL STORED FULL RESOLUTION

 

PRINTING INTERFACE  ALLOWS YOU TO SELL PRINTS, GIVE AWAY PRINTS, SHIP PRINTS

The advantage of a digital system like this is that you can send prints off from your desktop rather than going to the store and they will be delivered wherever you specify eliminating packing and the trip to the post office...

 

BLOGGING INTERFACES CAN BE EASILY CHANGED

 

 

IMAGES ON BLOG ARE CHOSEN FROM YOUR FOLDERS SO EASY UPLOAD

 
CAMERA GEAR
I highly recommend a compact camera with a 24mm wide angle lens. This particular camera (and I have gone
through seven in the S90, 95, and 100 series and also given my family another five) is small, compact, has a fast
lens and fits in your back pocket with a small wrist strap that makes it immediately accessible. You can have a
BIG CAMERA AND A BIG LENS but if you don’t get a spontaneous and effective picture, it doesn’t matter if you
have a lot of pixels! It also has a very transportable charger which is a must along with a minimum of a 32 gig card

 

FILL FLASH! THROW THAT LIGHT...REMOVE THOSE SUNGLASSES....

 

PHOTOSHOP FILTERS

 

KOREAN COPYRIGHT

 

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A FIRST LOOK http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/a-first-look WHERE MAGAZINE produces the annual "Where Guestbook" which is distributed throughout DC hotels, businesses and destinations. I am delighted to have the opening ten pages in the book and the final page.   Editor Jean Lawlor Cohen and Art Director Teri Samuels are responsible for the selection and design of the article.   Jean and I have discussed this for several years and so I am extremely happy that it came to fruition in such a beautiful piece.   

"ABOUT WHERE GUESTBOOK

An annual, museum-quality coffee-table book that delights readers with a savvy, insider’s view, available in-room at upscale hotels. Through gorgeous photography, insightful essays, neighborhood profiles and celebrity interviews, Where GuestBook™ is the publication readers are compelled to pick up and want to linger over—timely yet timeless, elegant, poetic, and reflective of the soul and spirit of the city. Its modern, eye-catching designs and innovative layouts create a luxurious environment designed to attract high-end advertisers and impress world-class hotels and the travelers who stay in them.-"Morris Publications""

JEWEL OF THE MALLJEWEL OF THE MALLNational WWII MEMORIAL FROM JEWEL OF THE MALL

 

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srb@srbphoto.com (STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) DC Photo Book National Park Service Photography Washington dc photography scenic washington http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/a-first-look Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:54:04 GMT
"END OF YEAR" Honor Flight Case Sale http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/-end-of-year-honor-flight-case-sale
 
 

 
 

An Honor Flight exclusive to stock up on books at discounts up to twenty percent depending on quantity.  Siingle cases (20 books to a case) will be reduced from $265.00 to $240.00 and that includes free shipping.  Orders over one hundred books will be additionally discounted another $0.75 for a price of $11.25 per book.  It's another affordable opportunity to get every veteran a view of their memorial.  
PS:  The Korean Poster will be included with DC PHOTO BOOK.

 
 

The studio number is  202-667-1965 and email at 
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***** This sale ends December 31, 2014.

Ebooks are available at the Apple and Kindle Stores
Regards,


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PREVIEW THE BOOKS

 
ORDER A SINGLE PERSONALIZED COPY

 

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srb@srbphoto.com (STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) DC Jewel Mall book flight honor of sale the veteran wwii http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/-end-of-year-honor-flight-case-sale Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:05:38 GMT
2014 FALL HONOR FLIGHT WRAP UP http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/2014-fall-honor-flight-wrap-up
WWII MEMORIAL:  
2014 FALL SEASON WRAP UP

As we coast to the end of the Honor Flight Flying Season, I’ve already  made reservations for the Summit.  I photographed over one hundred Honor Flight hubs at  the Memorial this year and with good results.   Fortunately, the Memorial and the Mall also serve as a test bed for a variety of manufacturer equipment tests and updates and revisions to the books.  The selects below are destined for the next editions of the DC PHOTO BOOK and the WWII MEMORIAL book.  The Memorial is gaining character by the day and the ingenuity of greeters and well-wishers is astonishing.  Visitor numbers to the WWII Memorial are the highest for any Memorial and it has become a draw for not only those of us who had family in the war but also for foreign visitors, re-enactors, and evening concerts.
 
Jeff Miller, co-founder of Honor Flight looking over the book with a veteran who visits frequently with his son and meets the Honor Flights.  Capital Region Honor Flight was just created to fill that need and we will be displaying together at the Summit.
Honor Flight Chicago’s ceremony and photo opportunities are so well organized that I have time to play with the image. Click on the pan to see a folder full of images from that day.
Dave Smith and crew of San Diego Honor Flight are always well-prepared and we get this enormous photograph done in fifteen minutes. As you are choosing a place to photograph your group, I recommend “center stage” as Washington’s significant symbols are visible and in my thinking, vital to fund-raising.  You also have room to spread out. and work quickly.  Prepare your guardians to get their veterans into place quickly and efficiently.  Gjon Mili, a famous Life Magazine photographer once said that a good image is “Ninety percent preparation and ten percent serendipity” to which another famous Life Magazine photographer Arnold Newman replied  No you are wrong… It’s  ninety percent furniture moving and ten percent serendipity.”  In any event, ******I want to refer you all again to my essay entitled  “HERDING CATS :  Photographing Veterans at the WWII Memorial” where I try to pinpoint some of better positions for photography. 
 
These images showcase Washington’s extraordinary light.  On the Mall, the sun has a chance to cast that golden glow right down the Mall right until it drops behind Arlington Memorial Cemetery. An evening walk is always a pleasure and an opportunity.
The White House News Photographers wrote up the WWII Memorial project recently.  It’s nice to be noticed by such a prestigious group of photographers, videographers and editors. I have been a member since 1982.  We have all worked the White House and currently some of us still do.  The rest are spread around the world and all involved in pretty interesting projects. Thanks to the web, we are able to share resources and ideas. In late January, there is a contest and the incredible results are available on our website.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Printings  of both  the DC PHOTO BOOK and  WWII Memorial: Jewel of the Mall books have just arrived at the warehouse.  Make your plans now for holiday gifts.  If you are on the Mall, you can find the books at the FDR, Guest Services at the Korean Memorial and at the Jefferson.  They can be autographed through the studio and had unsigned  through Amazon.  Please continue to get in touch with the studio for case supplies.  Shipping is free with the 2014 prices and will continue on through next year.  
 
 
The Korean War Veterans Memorial poster, which we are donating to Honor Flights transitioning to Korea with the DC PHOTO BOOK, has been reordered due to its popularity.  The poster above is given only to Honor Flight hubs and is not sold with the book at stores or other outlets.
 
 
 
 

 
We took down the show at the  Women in Military Service For America Memorial  last week. Thank you all for making it such a success.    The Women in Military Service For America Memorial continue to welcome veterans groups for a lunch stop and will prepare the Memorial for your groups’ comfort.   It is one of the beautiful and restful places on the Mall and the terrace view is stunning.
 
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Let me know what you think! As always, join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.  If you are on Facebook, please like the Studio site and make sure you register for email updates at the studio.
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srb@srbphoto.com (STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) DC Memorial WWII Washington book travel veteran http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/2014-fall-honor-flight-wrap-up Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:32:51 GMT
Honor Flight cofounders win "Caring Award" http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/honor-flight-cofounders-win-caring-award Stephen R. Brown PhotoStephen R. Brown Photo

Jeff Miller and Earl Morse, co- founders of @Honor Flight Network at the WWII Memorial with @Rolland Kidder of Frtiends of the WWII Memorial and George Kerestes of the National Park Service Volunteers.

BIG NEWS: Once again our co-founders Earl Morse and Jeff Miller are receiving much deserved recognition. Everyone knows the amount of time and effort they have spent on Honor Flight and I have had the privilege to be a spectator. This year, the Honor Flight Network will have flown over 150,000 veterans to the WWII Memorial. As a publisher with a book on the WWII Memorial, I tried to get the book out through any number of government agencies but private action seems to be the most effective and so Honor Flight has probably given away some 70000 book to their intended audience, WWII Veterans. I am honored to have all of you as friends and think it’s great that Jeff and Earl have gotten this honor.

From the Hendersonville Lightning Paper:

“Saturday will be the first time he has ever been on the same stage with honorees whose names are known instantly across America and even worldwide.
Miller, the Hendersonville native who cofounded the Honor Flight Network with Air Force veteran Earl Morse of Ohio, will join former President Bill Clinton, “the Greatest” — Muhammad Ali — football star Kurt Warner, actress Jane Seymour and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, as 2014 Caring Award winners on Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Bob Dole and Tom Daschle, co-chairs of the Caring Institute, announced the 2014 Caring Award winners. The awards will go to 10 adults and six young people who have made extraordinary and lasting efforts that benefit society. They will be recognized at the Caring Awards Ceremony at the Omni Montelucia Resort and inducted into the Caring Hall of Fame.

“We are honored to celebrate these extraordinary people who have used their lives for the benefit of others,” said former Sen. Dole. “These persons honor us all by the quality of their lives, so it is highly appropriate that we honor them and hold them up as role models to be emulated by all,” added former Sen. Daschle.

Of all the honorees, only Miller and Morse and philanthropist Don Tapia are not household names or figures well known in the entertainment and sports world. Miller and Morse will be recognized for “Honoring Those Who Have Honored the Nation with their Service.” “Miller and Morse are co-founders of the Honor Flight Network which helps veterans of all ages travel to Washington in order to visit the World War II Memorial and other monuments dedicated to their service,” the The Caring Institute said. “To date, Honor Flight has paid to bring more than 150,000 World War II veterans to Washington where they can meet old comrades, share memories of the past, and receive a well-deserved round of applause from the public and its leaders. By creating Honor Flight, Miller and Morse have shined a light on forgotten heroes who deserve our thanks and our respect.””

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srb@srbphoto.com (STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) earl flight honor jeff memorial miller morse travel veterans washington wwii http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/honor-flight-cofounders-win-caring-award Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:55:33 GMT
Honor Flights Oct 4, 2014 http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/honor-flights-oct-4-2014 San Diego, Utah, Northwest Ohio, and others at the Memorial on October 4, 2014.  I am falling behind in my processing of these images but they are available to Honor Flights and veterans and families for personal use.

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In the midst of all this, George Kerestes mentions that he has just given a tour to Susan Howe of Arizona and I had the opportunity to make this picture of them in front of the Memorial and with Senator Dole.  Serendipity is pretty common at the Memorial so I no longer rely on schedules.  

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And George Kerestes was mingling about with his partner in crime Al Doehring who's venue

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Mary Pettinato takes her photography seriously and I am convinced that it is invaluable to her fund raising and awareness in Chicago where it's hard to get attention.  Her organization of the ceremony is precise and the whole ceremony takes less than 20 minutes.

The photographers wear blue shirts and are the only ones allowed (guardians in green and medics in red) to be in the front area while the ceremony is going on.  The five of us photographers and videographers have it well rehearsed. It seems each of us has a favorite position and lens for the ceremony.  I am obviously biased about the importance of good photography and it's role in fund raising and urge everyone to make sure you sure you bring back good photographs.   This Wednesday, Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense, joined Honor Flight for their ceremony and was well-received by the veterans.  He took the time to participate in the ceremony and was as always very gracious and good-humored.

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Local volunteers Renda Overbo and Deb Stevens tipped me off to a special performance of the Air Force Drill Team.  I boy love it and am desperately afraid when these troops start throwing those bayonets.  I noticed that the Marine Drill team removes the bayonets before they start tossing but I didn't see that here.  Keep practicing boys and make sure you have a medic available.  Don't be trying this at home. It was a great show, the weather was absolutely perfect and the view from the Air Force Memorial reminds me of why I live in Washington.  It is absolutely gorgeous and this Summer has been a dream!

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srb@srbphoto.com (STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) Chicago DC Drill Flight Guardians Honor Memorial WWII Washington team veterans http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/honor-flights-oct-11-2014 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:30:05 GMT
FALL FLYING SEASON http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/super-saturday-eleven-honor-flight-hubs-sept-6-2014
"BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME!"
The Fall Flying Season is on and Honor Flight Hubs are arriving almost daily.  There are over 136 hubs spread across 42 states.  They all fly several times a year so it's looking pretty successful.   I try to stop by as often as possible as it remains an exciting experience.  As a jaundiced photojournalist, I don't expect much of Washington but the Washington region has stepped up to the plate and let fly for Honor Flight.  Four local hubs greet the flights, and behind the scenes, there are untold and uncounted volunteers like Glen Anderson who resupply the hubs with oxygen . Danielle Sturgis and Kathleen Drennan of DCA Honor Flight Volunteers are organizing not only daily and weekend greeting parties but also "Super Saturdays."  Recently some seven hundred veterans and their guardians were greeted with signs, hugs, handshakes and salutes on one of these Saturdays.  The schedule of "Super Saturdays" is posted on the DCA Honor Flight Volunteer website.
 

It is refreshing to document the enormous generosity of the thousands of volunteers and organizers and to date, I have almost 34,000 photographs stored in my online image library.  On this particularly hot day, 
water was being dispensed to every visitor at the Memorial whether they are part of Honor Flight or not.  Dave Nichols, 
board member of Honor Flight, was directing buses , Navy Volunteers lined up to sing and school children held their signs high to cheer the veterans as they entered the Memorial from Homeland Drive .

Let me just point out a few people.  Dawn Jones (lower right) and her husband are at the Memorial regularly as is WWII, Korea and Vietnam veteran and cameraman SPC Peter "Rupy" Ruplemas (left).  His son and daughter-in-law drive him down from West Virginia so that he can sit at the Memorial and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow veterans.  I was privileged to receive a signed copy of his books and was able to give him one of mine.  Tres cool!  Members of the White House News Photographers regularly come down to the Memorial to do stories and recently my "cuz" and world-class photographer David Burnett recently photographed him for an upcoming magazine piece.  Appropriately, David  uses a  prewar 1932 Speed Graphic fitted with an aerial lens. The results should be interesting. 

               

In addition to the WWII Memorial, the veterans spend their day in a variety of DC venues usually guided by a local Honor Flight Volunteer saving the cost of flying a guardian into town. Meanwhile, airport fire crews are filling their trucks with water to spray down the planes for ceremonial arrivals and departures.  Canisters of oxygen and wheelchairs are being moved and replaced as necessary for the many elderly veterans that require it.  Air Crews sometimes come into town with the veterans and the BWI Brownies lead by Keith Gentry and Ralph Brignia back and forth between airports escorting buses. The activity around Honor Flight is absolutely stunning.  It is in fact Monumental!



An enormous amount of energy and organization that makes all of this possible.  As I photographed the finished Memorial in 2004,I never suspected that the Memorial would have such a spectacular outcome.  Senator and Mrs. Dole are there on a regular basis.  Jim McLaughlin and Dianne Gressey from Honor Flight Network's National Hub are in town regularly with "Lone Eagle" and "TLC" veterans who join with hubs at BWI.  For a photographer, it's a visual fiesta and below are just a few of the people I see at the Memorial on a regular basis.

      
      

It’s a weekend "happening" for veterans, their children and families. The enormous camaraderie's that has grown up between everyone participating in Honor Flights is amazing.



Friends of the WWII Memorial regularly put on concerts at the Mall and here the Marine Band was playing when Oregon's Honor Flights arrived for a first row seat.

Honor Flight Indiana produces 20 x 30 inch posters of each veteran ion their uniforms and distributes it for their group picture. The veterans below had a variety of uses for the poster on that hot day.
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Honor Flight Chicago (above) comes in every three weeks and conducts their ceremonies with military precision and four photographers.

Honor Flight Chicago (above)  comes in every three weeks and conducts their ceremonies with military precision and four photographers.  

*****I have written a quick essay entitled "Herding Cats" about photographing groups of veterans on the Mall.  I think it's helpful.  Most important is getting it done quickly as it's pretty Sunny out there on the Mall.  


The ever-dancing Theresa Werner and James Martin have amazing energy. They are tireless and had been dancing for several hours when I took this image on a sweltering 94 degree day.  

In conclusion, if I don't see you on the Mall this Fall, I hope to see you at the Summit!
 


 
The show at the  Women in Military Service For America Memorial will be coming down November 2nd.  I am happy that quite a few of the hubs were able to get by and see it.   Nothing like having the finished product on display.  The Women in Military Service For America Memorial welcome veterans groups for a lunch stop and will prepare the Memorial for your groups' comfort.   It is one of the nicest and quietest places on the Mall and the terrace view is stunning.  
 
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While we have ample supplies of the DC PHOTO BOOK,  I am down to the last few cases of the  WWII Memorial: Jewel of the Mall.  I have just approved the proofs for another printing which will be coming in October 21st. Make your plans now for holiday gifts.  Amazon always carries a supply and if you a Prime member, shipping is free.   My plans for letting Amazon handle case quantities seems to be unworkable so please continue to get in touch with the studio for case supplies.  

The Korean War Veterans Memorial poster, which we are donating to Honor Flights transitioning to Korea with the DC PHOTO BOOK, has been reordered due to its popularity.  The poster below is given to only Honor Flights and is not sold with the book at stores or other outlets.
 

Let me know what you think! As always, join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.  If you are on Facebook,
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Regards,



Stephen R. Brown

 

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srb@srbphoto.com (STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) Memorial WWII dc flight honor jewel mall of the travel washington http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/super-saturday-eleven-honor-flight-hubs-sept-6-2014 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:49:04 GMT
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On Friday morning , I left Watkins Glen, New York and essentially followed any road that said South and as it turned out Rte 5 was a stroke of luck as it rambled through rural picturesque scenery for about one hundred miles. I carry an iPad Mini as well as a GPS and so am not particularly worried about  riding on a nice roads.  I stop frequently for pictures so always have an opportunity to be within twenty miles of my "true" course.  I got lost on the Blue Ridge Parkway a couple of years ago and was chatting with a Canadian biker who told me that in Canada, "lost" means "visiting."  And so I cam upon Williamsport, Pennsylvania and found both the Little League Hall of Fame and the Transportation Museum neither of which I have the slightest interest in so moving on....

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My goal for the evening was Lancaster County, Pennylvania and so I broke my small road rule and got on Rte_______ which allowed me to test out the F800 ST as a long distance touring bike.  In addition to its lightweight 412 pounds, the fuel tank is  below the seat and the wide "Western bars allowed for a smooth and thanks to the 4" bar back relatively upright and civilized ride.  There was quite a bit of traffic and as my riding strategy tends to be "stay ahead of the crowd", the bike did an easy ninety with a bit of wind boas but that's why I ride.   The bike is also outfitted with some stopping Brembo Brakes and in conjunction with the ABS, I found that this machine is a nimble speedster capable of doing miles and miles.  My first inclination was to get rid of the Coo Case sitting on the back of the bike as it makes it look huge.  However, it is the moto equivalent of a convenient trunk and has brake and urn signals that work with the bike's paddles. It also makes you more VISIBLE which is this biker greatest wish.  

II primarily used an IPAD MINI for navigation and while I think it's a bit large to be mounted on the bars, have a tank bag with a map cover which hold the Mini and a map.  Not something you should be consulting while moving!

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Lancaster, Pa...

My many photo stops  left me getting into Lancaster County late and I was concerned as the light was getting just right so I quickly checked in and in the next hour managed to get the following pictures.  Some days you eat the bear, some days, he eats you.  I was a pretty happy crittere before I got back to the hotel.

 

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A "find" on a BMW F800ST motorcycle located just above the Finger Lakes in Camden, New York presented an opportunity for a perfect late Summer ride.  I try to buy used motorcycles in locations as far away as I have time and can reasonably ride home. This gives me a certain flexibility and an opportunity for a good deal.  I am not so much looking for a "great deal" (although I've done pretty well) as I am a" great ride."  

I have to carry books and cameras around Washington, DC and like a narrow profile for lane splitting (legal here in DC) and hard bags. Riding a motorcycle allows you to park quickly just about anywhere on the National Mall and particularly at the WWII Memorial where the fines for cars parking are $250.00.  A small light bike can be tucked away and the National Park Service police have been great about ignoring me.  The F800ST has been on my radar since it first came out. It is light, narrow and has integrated luggage.  It's also got ABS brakes, a belt drive and "looks" sensible!  

In 1988, I spent four weeks in the Upstate New York working on a chapter for a Nattional Geographic book:  "America's Great Hideaways."  The editorial "wish list" was both encyclopedic and exhausting::  Fall foliage, boats, hot air balloons, gliders, museums, sailing and the Finger Lakes themselves....an enormous area.   Worse yet, I arrived after Labor Day so boating on the lakes was non-existent, the leaves were falling fast and it seemed the rainiest Fall in history.   Every article demands "centerpiece" photos and as the Finger Lakes have a long and illustrious aviation history so I managed to make these two notable aerial pictures the centerpiece pictures for my chapter.  The images were spectacular enough that no one noticed there was NO BOATING pictures!  This little expedition seemed a good time to rectify that.  The seller and I agreed on a price and concluded it through Ebay and I used Paypal to move the money.  Ready to go! and with few expectations  and a bit of knowledge about about the region, I set off

A Note about Evaluating the Bike in a Long Distance Sale

The seller John Ebensperger is an adjunct professor of aviation maintenance and long time EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) member Given his credentials, I was pretty confident that the bike was in good shape.  I've had good luck with this type of buy and have bought three bikes in this seemingly casual manner. If you are worried about the condition of the bike, I would recommend you ask the seller to drop the bike off at the dealer and let them change the oil and give it a test drive.  A prior buy with a  Honda 599  with a large scratch on the transmission case prompted me to do this and it worked out quite well.  I keep in touch with the people I se  There's no telling what kind of trickery awaits you but as long as you stay within the EBAY world, you are covered for dishonest sellers. 

I've read a lot of information on bringing a flash light and checking this out and checkin that out but quite frankly, I rely on EBAY'S standing by the transaction. I have absolutely no mechanical prowess and sometimes you just have to rely on your judgement.   My long distance buys have all "paid for themselves" in pleasure of the first long ride on the way home.  I usually customize the bikes to my liking  and sell them every two to these years when it's TIME for a new bike and this was time.  

The Summer had been good, I had a few days and the buyer was motivated as well.  We met at a reasonable price and I found a flight for Syracuse!  John picked me up at the airport and we drove out to his house and there was the bike as advertised in pristine condition.  No need to even test it.  John then proceeded to show me his little project: an experimental bi-plane he's been building in his basement for the past ten years.  Seeing this, my confidence in the transaction was confirmed and I strapped by traveling bag to the bike and took off.   

As we concluded the tour of the biplane and the motorcycle, it was getting a bit late in the afternoon, so I chose to stay at Cinderellas Motel in Sylvan Beach about fifteen miles South of Camden, New York.  It's not fancy but it has. clean rooms and good food and home made ice cream so I was comfortably set with a new bike and a ready supply of my favorite treats!

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I checked in, unloaded the bike and had a chance to get accustomed tho the new bike exploring the local roads, the shoreline of Lake Oneida and the Sylvan Beach Park..  One of the entrances and Marinas built along the Erie Canal system enters Oneida Lake  at Sylvan Beach.  My brother Dan had taken his Belkov cruiser up from Long Island through the Canal system on his way to Montreal.  Our traveling paths intersected several times along the trip.  

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While wandering the waterfront, I found this entrance to the Erie Canal and ran into some fellow bikers and we talked bikes.   In Sylvan Beach,  everyone seems to have one or two or more and it's considered quite "sensible".  Sylvan Beach like many upstate New York communities has a Wednesday "car night". The enthusiasm for motorcycling and cars in up North must be directly in proportion to the short riding season!  Jim Laribee  gave me the scoop on the most interesting roads from Camden to Seneca Lake and I had an extraordinary day.  The BMW behaved just like I thought it would...smooth, quick, light and leisurely.  The Brembo brakes with stainless steel lines are extremely effective.  They are so impressive that I have changed out the lines on my Suzuki.  

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The town ceter is a gazebo where a very cool jazz band played for a couple of hours and I was able to hear jazz as I strolled around s a local amusement park.  Might be another book but lets get on with this delivery  

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Thanks to Jim Wilbu'sr (ck sp) execellent directions, I took Route 13 South right out of Sylvan Beach took me along the Eastern shore of Lake Oneida and after stopping any number of times to photograph, I had to remind myself once again that this was a "delivery" and not an assignment.   I rode about forty miles of beautiful road (Routes 13 and 23) and then went West on Route 20 which is the road that keeps you at the Northern end of the lakes and is just perfect for a motorcycle ride.  I also had the opportunity to visit Chittenango Falls and stop for this picture.  One of the biggest problems with scenic photography is getting your car out of the way and a bike makes it easy...and dangerous if you are not careful.  

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I stopped briefly in the town of Skanateles for coffee  and watt in this beautiful park.  I had made the balloon photographs with Skanaeteles in the background.  This part of New York state was America's financial frontier prosperous and New York State has begun a tax program to draw tech industries to the surplus of beautiful real estate and an well-educated labor pool. Unfortunately, it's no place for a motorcyclist in Winter!  As you can see in photo( right below), some of America's largest industrialists (Rossevelt, _____,, Stanford White....) built their houses along the lake.  In addition to exploring any number of antique stores, the lake can be exploreed by bike ,Kayak or more luxuriously in the __________ steamer ferry.

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Following Route 20 West, you pass through Auburn, New York which is right on the Erie Canal and you can see they are restoring the beautiful warehouse right along the Canal.   Delivery in mind, I continued along 20 and after an hour took a left into what proved an amazing find...one of New York State's great public works--Seneca State Park--located right at the top of Seneca Lake and a beautiful opportunity to explore the lake. The Park has a number of public areas including a Marina.  I took an hour lazing under a willow tree and gazing at the clear waters of the lake.  

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Just after Seneca Lake Park, you merge with Route 14 which is as "highly scenic road" as it parallels Seneca Lake for almost forty miles and scenes like those above and below abound.  .  The Finger Lakes are "wine country" and it is rumored that the proximity of the grapes to the Lake and other variables make for the excellent varieties of wine available in this area.  Geneva which is at the top of the lake is also the site of tourist facilities like Belhurst Castle which it is rumored has wine coming out of the taps just outside guest rooms! It was apparently built by a bootlegger running spirits in from Canada.

 

 

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I had booked reservations whimsically at the oh so aptly named "Gorgeous View" hotel whose room refrigerator was stocked with "free" fruit juices and snack bars and chairs outside the room to take in the expansive lake view.  Well worth the stay and just a mile or two North of Watkins Glen .  Highly recommended  as a quiet and comfortable place to rest.  The Glen Motor Inn just across the road has great food and more great views!

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After a short nap, I rode into Watkins Glen and found all of the boats I had been looking for twenty five years below.  I remember walking out to the Seneca Pier (below left)  in the pouring rain and thinking this could be a great place to photograph s if we just had sun and light.  If you keep coming back, you get what you need  As you can see, there is plenty happening on the Lake.   NASCAR was in town to race at Watkins Glen.  The traffic was pretty heavy and the BMW proved extremely nimble.  

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Moto Photo Day Two due August 26.

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srb@srbphoto.com (STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) County Finger Glen Lakes Lancaster Pa Watkins dc destination magazine photography travel washington http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/travel-photography Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:27:42 GMT
ORDERING BOOKS: FALL FLYING SEASON http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/ordering-books-fall-flying-season

Based on sales history., there are "just enough"  WWII MEMMORIAL: JEWEL OF THE MALL books to cover the flying season   Normally deliveries take five to seven days.   As always, please get as much information as you can for hotel deliveries.... and please ignore me when I get cranky about hotel deliveries!  Books come in cases of twenty and samples are available.  Email me at srb@srbphoto.com


Free Shipping .through the end of the year.

 I have also built in additional discounts at quantities of 100 books ($0.75 per book) and 400 books ($1.50 per book).  So f
or the price of a baseball cap, you can give your favorite veteran a book reflecting a lifetime of memories which he or she can share with family and friends.  As many will testify, it's great  memento .  The book has provided veterans, their friends. and family with memories that go back some seven decades.  Some of the hubs sell the book and I am happy that it becomes "self-supporting" in that context   I am delighted to be part of this effort.
 
 

DC PHOTO BOOK:  An Insider's View of Washington, DC is the most comprehensive and current coffee table book on Washington today.  It contains unique Memorial and Mall vistas and is the only book current with  the new Air Force Memorial, the 9/11 Memorial and unprecedented views of Arlington Memorial.   I consider the books historic document and they are updated every time there's something worth photographing!  With the free poster, it is perfect for Honor Flight Hubs transitioning to Korea and Vietnam.  The six pages on Vietnam are classic images made the day the Wall opened.  It was an amazing day and the images are a perfect tribute to our Vietnam Vets.

 
FREE KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL POSTER

I include a separate poster of the Korean War Memorial only to those hubs purchasing DC PHOTO BOOK.   This is an Honor Flight only offer to supplement the book and done deliberately for Honor Flights carrying Korean veterans.  It is not available in stores.  The sculptor of the Korean Memorial is involved in litigation and I don't want to join him!


 
IY'S SUMMERTIME....DOWNLOAD A SAMPLE OF THE EPUBS!   I am working to introduce the book into educational curricula as many school systems across the country are adopting tablets.  The luminance of the backlit screen makes the images stand out far better than paper.  These E-ditions can be hooked up to a projector and distributed and reproduced in large quantity at relatively no cost.  It's free....and it's smart and all three books work on both Android and iPhone devices.  They can also be used on the buses to aid your passengers in their sometimes confusing trip around DC.  
 


Work (if I dare call what I do "work") continues on the new edition of TIDEWATER: The Chesapeake Bay in Photographs.  The photograph of the Heron below is one of my recent favorites and will be included with a few new images from my recent travels on the Bay.  
 
 
 

****Don't forget, to plan your photograph!y  I have put some tips for photographing at the Memorial on my website.  I just added a couple of pictures and it's constantly updated.. 

***If you are an Honor Flight leader, consider using the Women in Military Service For America Memorial for a lunch stop as they have the three things missing on the Mall:  a comfortable place to sit, cold water and most importantly, clean and comfortable restrooms. The cost of setting up tables for your veterans in the air conditioned luxury of the Women's Memorial is about one-fifth of the price of a tent rental (when that was possible) at the WWII Memorial!  Better yet, your vets get to see the construction and night views through my images.  Book in advance by emailing Donna Houle, the Director of the Memorial Education Center. Her phone number is 703-892-2606. While you're there, make sure you visit the terrace level of the Memorial.

***As you exit the elevator, you will find yourself right in the very center of the cemetery looking out to the Lincoln Memorial.  It's quite a panorama--so nice in fact that I donated two pages to it in my DC PHOTO BOOK

 
      
This show will be coming down end of September.  It was not originally intended to be up this long and while it has survived the blazing sun and humidity in the Women In Military Service Memorial Building, it needs some sprucing up.  Prints are always available at the Image Bank.
 

Senator Dole's "back on the prowl".  In the last month or so, he has been making a grand round of Kansas's ninety counties and his attorney Marion Warren reports that he is getting more press than ever.  His political style is something we yearn for here in DC.  Maybe it's time for a comeback!  Anyway, it's nice to him on his feet again. He's been at the WWII Memorial every weekend this year with the always charming Senator Elizabeth Dole.  They are pictured here with  John MW. McCaskill, John Liszewski, and C. Patrick McCourt.  DC  Volunteers from all three airports and the WWII Memorial are a credit to the city.  I am proud to be able to document your efforts although as everyone seems to be taking great pictures, we have great memories to share.  
 
 

Let me know what you think! As always, join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Regards,



Stephen R. Brown
 
 

 

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srb@srbphoto.com (STEPHEN R. BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY) TOURISM http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/ordering-books-fall-flying-season Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:35:26 GMT