GORUCK NAVIGATOR 004. White Mountains, NH

Somewhere in the wild, where the foliage becomes standard flooring…Where stars become night lights… Where what you bring in, and what surrounds you is absolutely all you need… Somewhere amongst this freedom, we can touch a sense of challenge and purpose from the origins of man. GORUCK Navigator 004. The White Mountains of New Hampshire. This is where myself and my team mates experienced the greatest outdoor adventure I have endured.

For those unfamiliar, GORUCK is a company that strives to bridge the gap between military and civilian worlds, by having Cadre (Active or past Special Operations Service members) lead “Classes” through physical and mental endurance challenges. The goal, Build better Americans. Navigator is a hands on 3 plus day course where we learn orienteering, basic wilderness EMT, hunting & gathering, water procurement and countless other means of backcountry survival. There is plenty of chow and beer to go around, but do not let that fool you into believing Navigator is not a difficult undertaking. To this date it was the most difficult event I have participated in, simply because it is a real life situation. Once into the wild, there is no “cab ride home” As a team we have to use the skills taught along with both physical and mental strength, to succeed. To survive.

Team… Identify your target, choose a course… Shoot an azimuth and step forward. Bushwhack 5 plus hours ascending 4,000 plus feet in elevation. Traverse across the Appalachian Trail as the sun sets and choose a course off trail, back to base camp. Descend, using only the map and compass… Keeping an arms distance from your team mates, headlamps illuminate a mere 6 foot radius around you… The pace crawls, follow contour lines along the ridge traveling 200 meters in one hour… Boulder hop down a creek bed from 3,300 feet to 1,700 feet with only the flow of water and starry night revealing the next foot fall… Wet feet, throbbing arches, physically drained bodies. 13 hours and 51 minutes after summiting, return to camp. After 18 plus hours negotiating the wild, drink a beer with breakfast and feel more alive then you ever will from 9-5 on any given day…

Always earned, as anything worth doing in life should be.

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Da Adolfo. Laurito. 16 Settembre 2014.

It is the simple items done well in life that are the most valued… The most repeated… The most measurable occurances that you compare all else to… Cooking, Community, Conversation and Companionship… All orchestrated by mamma of course. Da Adolfo. A Ristorante in Laurito which is a one mile boat ride from Positano will jettison you back to a simpler time. A time that can be anytime. Local recommendation will lead you to the boat with the Red fish, which departs the main dock in Positano now. Right when you need it.

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WE ARE VACANCY, DETROIT: PHOTOGRAPHIC SALES AGENT

 

Position opening: Photography Sales Agent

Description: This position offers unique opportunities for those who are up to cloning my charming sales and business personality. I cannot realize my full image making potential by splitting up my time doing both jobs any longer. You can work anywhere you have an iPhone & the internet. Anywhere.

I would like  you to be masterful at all of the following skills:

• Holds or has held a position within an Advertising Agency/ Marketing or Visual Production business

• Solid understanding of advertising sales and digital marketing

• Organization of and caretaker of my company contacts and references

• Social media addict driven by trends in visual media & social commerce

• Personable & trustworthy with the ability to maintain face to face relationships as well as social media relationships equally.

• Knowledge of Photographic industry a plus

• Adventurous & Gregarious

Your task will be simple, take my imagery & retouching skill and sell it. Connect with clients and prospects that we both believe can utilize and value a relationship with the imagery I create. Work with me on focusing my business and marketing toward specific clients within both of our networks. Also help conceptualize new ideas for personal work in order to broaden the company portfolio. Generate estimates for jobs while coordinating with my producer and myself.

This job will enable you to work freelance and will have compensation based on sales performance. It will also afford you the opportunity to travel with myself & clients on location.

Compensation: 15-25% of photographic fee per job

To apply, email info [at] wearevacancy.com with:

• A note about why you want to work with We Are Vacancy

• Your resume

apply: info@wearevacancy.com

WE ARE VACANCY, DETROIT
PHOTOGRAPHIC & MOTION PRODUCTION STUDIO
3434 RUSSELL STREET DETROIT, MI 48207
313-444-7022
wearevacancy.com
 
 
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GMC Vehicle 360’s

This past July I had the opportunity to create the background images for GMC Vehicle exterior 360’s on GMC.com. The process upon which a photographer collaborates with a production house, the agency and his team of scouts and location managers on the ground is paramount to the success of such a large project. We had 4 days to shoot and secure assets for 13 different GMC Vehicles, so it was off to Los Angeles and locations ranging from The Disney Center for the Performing Arts, to Lower Grand St, to Private Residences with luscious Lemon Orchards and Horse Stables all to achieve zero sleep and creative bliss.

The assets needed to create the background for the CG vehicle to live in read like a science project rather than a shot list. (See the Lincoln MKZ shoot I captured this time last year) We had to secure the closure of multiple locations in the Los Angeles area for random hours throughout a 4 day stretch, and literally document every square foot of the assigned area. With the team from the agency and CG production house, we measured distances from camera, lens tilt, shift, height, and all corresponding keyframes of the 360 degree animation seen on the site. We based all of the photography off of a bed frame in compositions center. This acted as the area where the vehicle would live. We captured 36 separate frames encompassing the 360 degree spin around the vehicle. using a Canon 5D MK3 on a tripod. Each frame was marked, measured and exposed at 3 bracket captures. These 36 frames are called a flight path around the vehicle, which in the case of all GMC vehicles on the site were measured and predetermined heights and distances. This allowed our team to choose the right space on our location for each vehicle to live, drop the bedframe and reflective garden globes into place and then create a chalk line circle with our 36 keyframes as reference points for the tripod placement. (See image below of my assistant Jesse’s gaffe taped pants) A second MK3 was housed in a Seitz Roundshot Robot which captured complete 360 degree Domes of our various locations in order to provide the production studio with the adequate assets for the reflections in the vehicles sheet metal and lighting direction. Upon completion of each locations shots (which after great practice we were able to accomplish a complete 36 frame 360 in under 15 minutes) The team at Mackevision stitched together the retouched frames into complete spins that the user can navigate on the site.

It was a great experience, and the vehicle 360’s site incredible! shout outs to Mackevision USA and the many friends I have there,  I could’nt have pulled it off without you, team!

 

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おはよう日本 (Ohayo gozaimasu.) Good Morning, Japan.

 

Japan. hop on a Jet and travel 13 hours halfway across the planet from Detroit. Japan. An Island nation, Efficient, Calm, Patient, Reserved and Peaceful. Cameras packed, @LanceStein awaiting my arrival at Tokyo Narita. The 10 plus day adventure that not only opened up my cultural horizons, but many times left me in awe of the social potentials yet unrealized by us here in the USA. Boarding the Shinkansen and speeding across the Japanese countryside at speeds of 185+ MPH I would experience more imagery and excitement than my lens (and eyes could handle)  The Megaopolis that is Tokyo. 30 Million strong and efficiently prepared for your enjoyment. Where even the youngest of Japanese citizens treat you and your property with respect. Where trains are never late, and never unsafe. To the Peace Memorial Park of Hiroshima. Where a humbled culture was destroyed and rebuilt again. Stronger and Laser Focused. To Kyoto, the gorgeous historic and cultural capital of Japan. Old world charm meets Chicago-esque neighborhood comfort. To Kesennuma, a fishing town in the North country, where tradition and family are strong and people like Baba Kuniaki opened there homes to us… Sharing the stories and reality of life resuming prosperously after the March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami destroyed so very much. Where friends like @Jaykun organize student volunteers from all over the country, comforting and involving themselves within the community in Kesennuma. Sacrificing much of their own personal time to help others.

Never in my life have I felt so welcomed and respected. Inspiration surrounds. A very humble Arigatou gozaimasu (Thank You) to @LanceStein without your passion for language, social change and Japan, I would have been lost to so many wonderful experiences. Great to see you my friend! Now, Enjoy the imagery. Afterall, I documented it for you all.

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