Saper Law – Implications of Social Networking and Web 2.0

Daliah Saper is an intellectual property attorney based in Chicago.  She does free lectures in and around Chicago, and frequently provides her presentations online, free to the public.  I attended a lecture where she talked about copyright law, model releases, and how that relates to photographers.  She was professional, very knowledgable, eager to help, and overall I was very impressed.  Her latest lecture was on the implications of social networking and web 2.0.  She’s on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, and has a blog with an RSS feed.  These are all available at the link below. 

Her presentation is available on her website:


Memorial Day

On Memorial Day weekend, Sunday after work, I headed for my dads place in eastern Illinois.  The trip down I80 sometimes produces lovely sunsets as did this trip.  The sunset changed as it progressed and I stopped for some “roadside photography” twice along the way.  (“Roadside Photography” was my second choice for a business name when I started my photography business.)

On Memorial Day we joined my Uncle Barry at the Rock Island National Cemetery to visit my aunt Betty’s grave. She was a navy wife to my uncle Barry for his entire 20 year naval career, which affords her the same honors and burial rights that my uncle Barry has earned. I’ve been to this cemetery to see her before, but my father hasn’t. He was glad to finally know where she rests. I also showed him where his 2 WWII war hero uncles rest in the same cemetery, which he never knew before. I wanted to create a video while I was there, and have linked it below. Please watch it, reflect, and remember those who have given their life for our freedom.



Tuesday my dad and I ventured out into the countryside to take photos. We went out to take pictures of barnes, but I didn’t care for the lighting. It was about to storm and the lighting was just very blah. So I threw out most of my barn shots. We did however stop at a farm to visit with one of dad’s friends. I took a couple shots there that I’ve posted in my black and white gallery. Also took some photos of the farm animals. I was blessed again to watch 2 birds mating on a power line. *chuckle* Even got a photograph of it this time.




prattswaynewoods_05142009005-blogLast night after work, I went out to a location that I knew from years ago to try to capture more sunset photos.  What a beautiful evening it was.  When I arrived, I encountered many families of geese, with their cute babies in tow.  Took a few pictures of them for you.  At one point, I got a little to close and was charged by an adult goose.  From that point, I had to focus through my lens with my right eye, and watch the parents with my left eye.  🙂  I was also dive bombed by a tree sparrow for some reason?  I tried to capture him, but he was to close, and to fast for me to be able to focus on him. 


So as the evening progressed, I took many types of shots of the setting sun.  Experimenting with my camera settings for creative effects.  Tried to take some bracketed photos, but never did figure out how that works.  I really didn’t expect it to be that difficult to take a bracketed picture, but I guess I’ll have to read the manual.  (RTFM Rich!)  Oh yeah, and learn from my mistakes.  Don’t try to “manage” your images from your camera, while you’re still shooting.  You could end up deleting the best sunset you’ve ever taken by mistake, and not know it until you get home when you’re desperately trying to find that perfect image and it’s just not there!  (Yes, I tried recovery software, but it didn’t recover it.)  Anyway, due to my increased sense of perfection now days, I’ve only posted 3 new sunset images, but I think they’re pretty unique and I hope you like them. 


As I listened to the wind, and watched the sun set against the horizon, I had an idea for another photo, but I need a “couple” to create it.  Hmmmm?  I wonder who I could get to work on this project with me? 




After the sun set, I ventured off to take an environmental photograph.  It was quite a long drive, and it was in the middle of freakin’ nowhere, but at least I found it this time.  I tried to do this over a month ago, and couldn’t find the site.  The only problem is that the billowing smokestacks weren’t billowing?  Crap!  I see this plant with it’s billowing columns of smoke every time I got to my dads place, but now that I want to take a picture of it, it’s dormant.  I guess I’ll try again later.  It was nice to be so far out in the wilderness that I could actually “hear” nature though.  Oh!  And I could see so many stars!  I forgot how much you could see when you escape the light pollution of the city. 

Until next time . . . . .

The Passion . . . . .

For those of you who enjoy my photography, you might have noticed my photography improve over time. Especially over the last year. There are many reasons for the accelerated improvement over the last year, one of them being switching over to Nikon equipment.  Another being that I shoot constantly and get bucketloads of practice both with photography and photoshop.  The other being that a year ago I started working at Calumet Photographic, a professional photographer retail store. I have learned a great deal about photography from a few of the photographers who I work with. People like Roy Fleith who’s background is in fashion photography, or Steve DePaul who’s background is in wedding photography, and Jon Shaver who’s background is in nature and wildlife photography. I’ve learned insane amounts of knowledge from them all.  My thanks go out to all of them, and all of my co-worker associates at Calumet Photographic.  

springbrookprairie_05102009009-thumbJon Shaver is who I’d like to talk more about though. Jon may not know it, but I consider him my mentor as a nature photographer. He’s not only a photographer, but a photoshop artist too. He has a vision of photography that I desperately want to learn. Any good photographer can see in their mind what they want the image to become, but Jon has a creative “outside the box” ability that astounds me. He’s been more than helpful in constructive criticism on my photography, which he does without it sounding like criticism. He’s eager to show me new photoshop techniques when he can. He offers suggestions about how to move the business aspect of my photography forward. He puts ideas into my head about ways to reconfigure my camera that most people would never even consider. Jon’s been a wealth of knowledge with all of these things, but he’s even taught me a different way to think about photography. Sort of a photography philosophy. (Sounds kinda catchy doesn’t it?) When I go out to “listen to the wind” now, in my mind I see images that my eyes have never been open to before. I’ve become much better at seeing the steps needed to create a unique and artistic photograph. Jon’s teachings are a big part of that.

I’ve met more people who say they have a “passion for photography” than I can count. Most of them wouldn’t know what passion is if it were staring them right in the face. Most of them have no clue about photography.  Jon has a passion for photography.  Jon knows what passion is, and he’s an outstanding photographic artist.  Oh, and the dude’s got zero ego about his photography.  

Jon Shaver is featured in the next Calumet Focus magazine, due to be released in the near future, along with premier photographer Todd Gustafson. Jon’s portrait even made the front cover. (Gotta have a little fun with this Jon!) If you get the Calumet Focus, make sure to check out both Todd and Jon’s articles. The following link is Jon’s website for you to review. I highly suggest checking out his work.


Here is a link to my latest nature images, many of which were created using techniques and skills learned from Jon.


I’ve learned more from Jon about the Zen of photography than I can even convey.  So Jon, I guess this blog entry is my way of saying “Thanks dude.  Now when are we gonna go to Hooters again, so we can spend 7 hours talking about photography?”  (We really did that!  Spent 7 hours at Hooters talking about photography, in between pauses to stare at the gorgeous Hooters girls.)  I wonder if Michael Barton would be game for a Hooters night with Jon and I, so I can pick his brain for a while?  Hmmmmm?