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Friday, October 31st, 2008
2:29 pm - web gurus - help!
I'm trying to help the shelter with their website, getting the domain turned over to them, finding hosting and doing something about the godawfully ugly site itself. Making a new site is easy but finding a way to make the adoptable dog pages simple to update is making my head hurt.

Here's what it looks like now: http://familydogsnewlife.org/dogs.aspx

In a perfect world there'd be a script or something I could plug into the site that's let them choose a photo, type a description, and the script would generate the pages. They're really stuck on keeping this type of format so a regular photo gallery is out of the question, at least for now.

Can anyone suggest anything that might work with a moderate amount of hacking and chopping?

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Sunday, September 21st, 2008
5:46 pm
My singlespeed race today at the Hood River Doublecross=massive fail

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
3:18 pm

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Sunday, September 7th, 2008
6:51 pm

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6:05 pm

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
12:55 pm - why being a photographer really isn't that cool

On the left is my original photo. On the right is the poster that's recently been made available for sale. That image is from a stencil and is a direct copy of my photo. Needless to say nobody ever asked me for my opinion about any of this. The attitude of at least one of the people involved is that it's an original work of art.

This sucks for several reasons:
1. The guy in the photo was killed the day after I shot it and the poster is a $4 limited edition, with a portion of the proceeds going to a memorial fund set up in his name.

2. The stencil image is an icon within the huge cycling community here in Portland. The artist knows he traced it from my photo but evidently nobody else does, since he's the one credited with the image. Google tells me he's a real, exhibiting artist too. Funny, no?

3. Doing anything will likely have an impact on my personal life. He was very well liked and his death hit the cyclocross community hard.

4. I provided a printable file to several of his friends so they could make prints for a memorial or whatever. I guess I should have included a damn license. See what happens when you try to be decent during a time of grief?

So now I have to sort this bullshit out. IANAL but I'm having a hard time seeing fair use. I haven't contacted the printing company yet. I'm still trying to calm down and don't want to send an email or make a phone call without a level head. It's a hipster Portland co-op so who knows how far trying to deal with them will get me. Maybe I need to speak with an attorney first.

Half of me wants to let it go. Nobody is getting rich and it's a memorial to a good human being whose life was cut short. The other half of me feels pretty sorely used, is pissed off about it and wants to make a point. Is making that point worth a bunch of drama, both on the interweb and probably in real life? I dunno.

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Thursday, July 17th, 2008
10:03 pm

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9:55 pm

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Saturday, July 12th, 2008
6:27 am - Ursa

Originally published at canisstudio blog. You can comment here or there.

Some days I feel like I kinda kick ass.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
10:06 am - Birds 1, dogs 0

Originally published at canisstudio blog. You can comment here or there.

I don’t know what it is but the trees in my backyard are full of them and they’ve been taunting my dogs all morning. A few minutes ago one of them went skipping around the yard and everyone went berserk. The dogs just don’t understand that no matter how hard they try, the birds will always get away.

I used to think 400mm was a lot of lens. Now, not so much.

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
5:02 pm - Portland Short Track racing

Originally published at canisstudio blog. You can comment here or there.

I’m too slow and lazy to race this week but I rolled out with my camera to show some love for the team.









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Thursday, June 26th, 2008
5:52 pm - Mancha

Originally published at canisstudio blog. You can comment here or there.

This handsome guy is available for adoption at Family Dogs New Life in Portland, OR.

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11:38 am
last weekend at the office...

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
9:41 pm - K-9 Ryker

Originally published at canisstudio blog. You can comment here or there.

Earlier in the week I was fortunate enough to score a fantastic opportunity, not only as a photographer but as a dog person. I’ve been trying to get my foot in the door with any of the local police departments to photograph their K-9 dogs and just about by accident ended up spending three days shooting at a K-9 and SWAT training school. It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to talk about anything I saw so you’ll have use your imagination. I will say that it was very, very cool and gave me a new level of appreciation for how serious and dangerous the job these guys do really is.

Anyway, the whole point of this post is the dogs. They were interesting to watch, the way they’d get excited and start vocalizing like crazy once they realized it was time to go to work. They’re also beautiful dogs, though you wouldn’t ever want to be on the business end of one. Seriously.

I would have liked to chat up the handlers because I had a million questions but they were there to train, not play 20 questions with me, so I just did my thing with the cameras. I shot a ton of photos. Really cool photos. Unfortunately you’ll have to use your imagination again because 99.9% of them are private. I did get permission to post these though:

This is Ryker, a huge German Shepherd with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. He’s over 100 pounds, most of it hair, and he enjoys swimming, playing hide and seek, long walks on the beach and pulling bad guys out of small, confined spaces. His partner, Deputy Rafael Cortada, is the guy who thought having a photographer around was a cool enough idea to make it happen and get me access to everything. I owe him a huge thanks!

Here we see Ryker taking a break from training on Sunday. Being a police dog is clearly hard work.

Once again, taking a break from training to run around for a few minutes…hard work and all that.

I’m working on getting the okay from some of the other handlers to post photos of their dogs, so hopefully there will be more to come. Stay tuned…

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Monday, June 23rd, 2008
1:50 pm
S.K.I.D.D.S day two, part one

Four hours at the range. K-9 and SWAT training individually then together, working on handling the dogs around gunfire. Automatic weapons fire can be felt in the pit of your stomach. Flashbangs are very, very loud.

Vehicle searching and other cool stuff after the lunch break.

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Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
7:44 pm
S.K.I.D.D.S day one
Things I learned about K-9 dogs:
1. They're a lot noisier than I expected, particularly when they know there's a bad guy.
2. That Belgian Malinois is not a German Shepherd.
3. They're beautiful dogs.
4. There's not a single good reason in the world you ever want to be on the business end of one.

Things I learned about SWAT:
1. See #4 above.
2. Being in a room full of them is a little intimidating, and I've never been uncomfortable around police officers before.
3. They've seriously got the best toys.
4. Watching them do their thing is super cool.

Going over my photos I feel like I totally knocked the ball out of the park. The building was dark as hell so I was shooting at iso 3200 almost all afternoon, handholding down to 1/15 at times, dealing with smoke and tactical lights and awful backlighting and tight quarters. Lots of motion blur, lots of oddball framing with distortion from shooting at 17mm, plenty of noise from the high iso. Thing is, it all works and suits the subject matter really well. Once the school is done and all the departments have their photos I'll ask what can and can't be made public. Until then you'll just have to take my word for how cool it all is.

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8:17 am
Brides, please stop tanning yourself orange right before your wedding day. We aren't in Hawaii or Southern California. It's Oregon and we haven't even seen the sun since last summer. Nobody's buying it and it doesn't go well with your super expensive gown.

- your friendly neighborhood wedding photographer.

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Saturday, June 21st, 2008
5:46 am
My shooting schedule for the next seven days

Today: wedding
Sunday-Tuesday: K-9 training
Monday evening: mountain bike short track
Wednesday: K-9 training
Thursday: shelter photos
Friday: wedding
Saturday: wedding
Sunday: exhausted

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Thursday, June 19th, 2008
9:51 pm
Had some emails back and forth with the Sheriff's Department over the last couple days. It's a no-go on photographing all the cool tactical stuff for obvious reasons, which is disappointing if not entirely unexpected. The lieutenant I spoke with did indicate that photography which didn't show any of the confidential training postures would be fine, provided the officer was agreeable and it was cleared with the instructors. I just got another email saying we're good to go, they're glad I'm available and what the start time is for Sunday morning. It's the dogs I'm most interested in anyway so whatever it is I'm shooting, I figure it'll be more than worthwhile in the end. I'm hoping this will be my foot in the door with at least one department's K-9 unit.

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8:33 pm

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