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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas.

I got some new lighting toys.

(the group shot was 17 shots put together,
the other two are single shots.)



Saturday, December 19, 2009

Social Media in 2009





In April this year Justin Rains of Portal Planet invited us to attend Daniel Johnson Jr.'s New Media Cincinnati. We attended our first one in May '09. Loved it and haven't stopped attending since. This group has lead to other social meetups and most recently the Social Media Holiday Party 09 put on by Michelle Beckham, Julie Sweeney Bogart, and Anne Castleberry.





For the last 7 months we have connected with most of the members via LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. It has been one of the best groups we have ever been a part of. The members are passionate about social media. Intelligent, Creative, Computer Literate, innovative, interesting, caring, and resourceful are just a few of the words I would use to describe them.




When we meet face to face it seems to deepen our relationships. Then in between we stay connected and follow updates that help you to know that person more. Looking forward to see what 2010 has in store for Social Media.

(click on the group pano shot above to see it larger, it is 3 shots blended together)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Logo, The Tattoo, The Story

So many people have asked about the logo, so here is the story behind it.



For as long as I can remember I have always been interested in the old west. Old west movies, old west firearms, and old west (Victorian) clothing, horses, cabins, and the outdoors. Rough and rugged.

There are two images that really symbolize the old west. The American Bison, and End Of The Trail sculpture.

About 10 years ago I had a tattoo artist create a tattoo with two symbols. Then I used a photo of my tattoo to create the logo.




Wednesday, December 2, 2009

DON'T KNOW WHAT TO GET PEOPLE FOR CHRISTMAS...




Family portraits make great personlized presents. Don't know what to get grandma and grandpa - I bet they would love a framed photo or even a unique family portrait gift. You can order something special with your family portraits on it - how about a mouse pad, official TOPPS playing cards, coasters, cut out statue, etc.



A family photo shoot is a great experience. You spend an hour or more laughing, smiling, and playing together. How great to be able to capture those images that will last forever.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Strobewise



Posted recently on The Motorcycle Enthusiast forum on LinkedIn was “The best way to be seen”. Ideas ranged from bright clothing to LED lights. Someone posted that they were doing a review of a Strobewise product. I checked out the Strobewise website. Strobewise is a rear-facing, LED, blinking amber light. So I made the comment that for $250 it better do more than blink. A representative of Strobewise got onto the forum explaining how it works. He then offered to give two units out to members of the forum for an unbiased review. I explained that I have been riding motorcycles for 24 years, a member of the Iron Butt Association, and all around gadget geek with XMradio, blue tooth, GPS, radar detector, and Kuryakyn lizard lights on my bike already. To my surprise they chose me to review it. Within a week I received the unit.










I was a little surprised that it was a two piece unit and had an 8 wire harness attached to it. I was wondering what I had got myself into. After reading the enclosed pamphlet, I then realized that we would only need to use 3 of the 8 wires (positive, negative, and speed sensor wire). The hardest part was finding the speed sensor on my bike. Strobewise engineers did send me the location of the speed sensor and a photo of it. But I needed the location of the other end of that wire under the seat for my particular installation. I was able to gather the information I needed from badweatherbikers, which is a forum all about Buells. There are other helpful forums out there for any particular bike.









Then I installed the unit. For most people, installation would probably be best suited for their dealer. Then I went for a test drive having my fiancĂ© video tape me while following me from behind. What I found was that the unit doesn't do more than blink – BUT, it's "how" and "when" it blinks that makes it unique. The brains of the unit has inertia sensors that monitor vehicle speed and deceleration. The unit blinks at various rates depending on the rate of deceleration. No input from the rider or the brake is required. The unit reacts to slight changes like letting your hand off the gas. It is a smart unit. I'll consider it the ultimate “Back Off” alert to following motorists.



Sunday, November 8, 2009

Need to add a classy feel


Need to add a classy feel to your home/office walls.

How about Cincinnati's nightlife?

Fountain Square, Union Terminal, or a city scene?

Proudly display an art print from Christiaan Todd Photography.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Old West Festival




We recently donned our old western attire, grabbed our cameras, and headed to the 1800's.

We heard Indian flutes & gunshots. We ate Wyatt's pulled pork & homemade potato chips. We saw villain melodramas & a town that is much bigger than you would expect. We had a great time!

Festival times and hours are Saturdays and Sundays running September 12 to October 11 from 10 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The Festival is located at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd, 45176 between Mt. Orab and Williamsburg, Ohio just off St. Rt. 32.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

SENIOR PORTRAIT TIME





multiple locations, clothing changes, whatever we can fit in the allotted time, plus a CD of the images - contact us now, the calendar is filling up.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Late night





Last night, about 10:30pm. I was out with the dogs under a full moon and looking at the tobacco. It reminded me of a song from the movie "3:10 to Yuma". A great movie.
Because in the morning they are going to hang the tobacco.
And yes, all 4 shots where taken at 10:30PM.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Personal branding

You know you have a unique profile image. When you can identify yourself on a laptop on TV.
TalkbackWCPO uses twitter, and are about the only local news organization that will follow back and respond to tweets.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Don't just be a professional in your industry, look like one






On location with Michelle Beckham-Corbin,
Principal and Founder of C3: Creating Connections Consulting, LLC.

C3 develops a company's marketing reach through traditional marketing services as well as through utilizing the latest and best trends in Social Media practices.

C3 specializes in coaching and training entrepreneurs and individual clients on Social Media and Branding Strategy.

Michelle said, " I advise my clients on the importance of a stream-lined Branding Strategy for their business and personal brand that includes having a professional picture for public use.
The same professional photo should be used with all social media platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, company web-sites and any other social media sites that are in use.
It is important to maintain consistency in image and message when establishing a Brand.
Christiaan Todd Photography did a fantastic job in helping to create the right professional image for my company and my personal brand."


Monday, June 22, 2009

Podcamp ohio 2



PODCAMP OHIO 2 - New Media UnConference
podcampohio Saturday, June 20, 2009


We attended and WOW what a great experience. It was not just about podcasting - it was a FREE UnConference for podcasters, bloggers, readers, and those interested in new media. We were so impressed we want to take some time to thank those who made it happen.

We want to Thank the Sponsors, Presenters, those who donated prizes, and the Volunteers who made it possible:


Angelo Mandato Organizer of PODCAMP OHIO

AssistCoach- 614-429-4832 Business Coaching and Social Media together

Avitae energy water without the chemicals & sugar

Blip.tv - Internet television network

Blubrry - a podcasting community that connects publishers, advertisers & audiences

Blue Microphones - microphones & recording tools for audio

Circle of Seven Productions - Book videos

Digital Disciples - technology and theology

Dr. Anonymous - a show that goes beyond the blog

Qdoba Mexican Grill - Excellent meal

OSU CSTW - Ohio State University Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing -

Spaceblue - new media, web design & software

Sticker Giant - sells every kind of sticker

Taviano Design - Gabe Taviano voluntarily created the program guide 614-787-8544

TechSmith - Screen capture & recording software


Thank you to all the Presenters! Your Expertise and Professional Presentations have Inspired Many!

Thank you to all the Volunteers! Your hard work was very appreciated!

To see pics from the event go to Flickr Podcamp pool

Saturday, June 6, 2009

long exposure


This was one 15second exposure, one flash, and one red light on the back of the flash.
Right out of the camera, no computer editing.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Water shoot



What do you get with this kind of setup?

Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone with SprintSpeed

www.oldwesterncowboy.com

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Memorial Day


Memorial Day was observed this past Monday. So we want to make today's blog a tribute to our Military. They have our utmost respect.

It's an honor to know people who passionately serve and have served our Country. We are very thankful for you all! May God Bless you and keep you safe.

Your courage and dedication are inspiring. Thank you!