Weather Art

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

Like any good photojournalist, after a good snow storm, you make weather feature pictures where ever you can. Covering the same area for the last 4 years has its advantages – you have a mental address book of all the good sledding areas. I started off going to the areas I knew would produce good pictures but I also kept an eye out for a few new unique locations along the way. It worked out pretty well. Special thanks to my Subaru for driving me through areas that my last car would have easily given up in. Click through for more pictures. Enjoy.

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UPDATED: Wednesday Web Links 3/2/11

Wow, another week has slipped past. Wednesday Web Links coming at you in, 3, 2, 1. Get it? You are so clever.

  • There are ways for professionals to behave in this industry. I have seen some pretty unprofessional behavior at local events lately by both print and television media. In a post on Son of Bold Venture titled The Press Box Rules, blogger Chris Jones tells it like it is. And a related post titled The Locker Room Rules isn’t a bad read either (just a warning, there are a few dick jokes). A lot of the rules here pertain to both reporters and photographers.
  • The Pictures of the Year International 68 winners have been posted. This contest is always filled with some great pictures. Every year there are also some “hmmmm?” pictures as well. Either way it’s good to look at pictures from some of the best shooters in the world and gain some inspiration. It’s also a testament to the power of great photojournalism.
  • I am an Apple fanboy. There I said it. I don’t care what you think. I have to mention the announcement of the iPad 2. Dual Core A5 chip, 33% thinner than the first one, front and rear facing cameras, no contract 3G data from either AT$T or Verizon and a whole lot more. I want one. I’m going to justify it as a business expense so I can use it to show potential customers my portfolio.
  • A company called Square, which allows you to accept credit card payments on your iPhone, has changed some of it’s billing procedures to be cheaper for users. They have dropped the $.15 per transaction fee and made it a flat 2.75% for all transactions. If you don’t use it, you don’t pay. This is a stellar deal to be able to accept most credit cards. There are normally a lot of fees to operate a credit card terminal and Square has managed to cut most of them out. Your customers can’t use the “I don’t have any cash” excuse anymore.
  • Over at the Canon Professional Network, speedliter Syl Arena has posted a multipart series titled Getting the Most From Speedlites. If you don’t know Syl, he is the Canon TTL equivalent to Nikon’s McNally. This is good stuff and well worth a read. I have been a Canon shooter for years and there were still things that I learned from this series.

The Gallery Owner and the Speedlights

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

I shoot a lot of environmental portraits and have written about it before. Generally I choose to light a portrait and not include the gear that I use to do it with in the actual picture. I’m not sure where I got the idea or what I was looking at that gave me the inspiration but this time I decided to leave it in. I’m still not sure if I like it or not but think I am going to run it this week as the main photo in a supplemental publication we have called Upslope.

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Time Off, Year in Photos, Odds and Ends

Around this time of year you start to see a lot of “Best Of” galleries and “Year in Review” stories. I too will soon post a couple of galleries of my “Best Of” and probably post a “Year in Review” story or two. In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been posting as much as I had been earlier this year. It’s not that I haven’t had much to say or write about. The truth is that I have been incredibly busy with my work at the paper, freelancing and my personal life. Updating the blog was a huge priority for me when I started this and it still is. I had a ton of goals to accomplish this year and I admit that I may have fallen short of some of them as well as lost track of my blogging schedule (when is the last time I had a photo of the week anyway?). I did finally launch a personal web site earlier this year and some of what I used to post here now ends up at www.matthewjonas.com. A lot has changed for me in the last couple of months. I have a feeling that I haven’t seen the last of the changes. Looking towards next year, I have some new goals for the blog and will have another blog project that I hope will help promote the work of a lot of aspiring photojournalists. But as for this week, I am taking some much needed time off to eat, drink and play hockey. Thanks for reading and look for some “Best Of” galleries in the near future.