Younkers Fire - 2015 Pricing - USB DRIVES - Wedding Season

Nearly two months have gone by since my last entry wow time flies! I've been overwhelmed with my job as I edit more than 1000 images a week for the various papers that Gannett owns. It's a fun journey but you really begin to wonder why some people are taking photographs, and why some feel it is necessary to utilize Iphone 4 photos for newsprint. Nonetheless I edit them and send them back because it's my job. I'm just the drone, I've picked up quite a few new tricks that I was unaware of and noted a few new features that are almost like easter eggs on the back end of things. Then again there are a billion different ways to do the same tasks in Photoshop and it's interesting to see the various ways each person reaches the ending. 

Since I last updated a fire destroyed a historic landmark of downtown. The Younkers building which was in the middle of being renovated for other uses caught fire and led firefighters to utilize 160 million gallons of water to put out the blaze, during the events part of the building collapsed and engulfed a majority of downtown in a cloud of smoke. The building had a historic past and even was the location where my mother got her wedding cake. It's tragic to see something so beautiful crumble. Unfortunately I left my job at 11pm the evening of the fire and headed home. Upon reading about it on Facebook I headed back downtown and by the time I arrived a majority of the fire was under control, I captured images of the events after and also assembled a video as firefighters continued through the night and into the next day to minimize the damage. 

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Too often I find people not understanding packages that they order or how incredible of a deal I have given them compared to being overcharged and receiving inadequate services and quality that is less than desirable so I'm going to post the available options and in detail what they are being offered.  It seems people overlook quality at a point and are paying far too much for an end product that is inadequate I look to change this and allow the client to see what they are capable of receiving. You get what you pay for and it's getting the point where I'm satisfied with my portfolio that I will finally put it online as well as the variety of packages and options available! You will be able to find pricing for 2015 wedding packages as well as other services by the end of the month!  I'm eager to show everyone what I have been diligently working on the past few months. As I am wrapping up a few minor things on past weddings I am pleased to announce that I will be moving on to USB drives for photography sessions as I've experienced a few bad batches of discs and not everyone has a computer capable of reading dual layer DVDs.

Wedding season is finally here for me! I had one in March with a beautiful couple and despite some snow on the ground it was a gorgeous wedding and in the final steps of finalizing their video! I look forward to the next few months as I will be busy until the end of October. I'm going to potentially pick up one more wedding but I dont want to be overburdened and want to still be able to enjoy my personal time. I'm going to end 2014 with a trip to the Virgin Islands with the girlfriend and her family which is a vacation long overdue. The last opportunity I had to just get away was in 2012 when I visited the dry state of Arizona (If I don't count 2013 where I traveled to everywhere you could possibly imagine!) 

 

Thanks for taking the time to read about the upcoming endeavors and I hope you're enjoying the progress as I continue pushing forward! I'm preparing for the Iowa State Fair photography salon and will release the images I have selected to enter during my next post! 

 

-Isaac

Dorothy

A new woman has come into my life named Dorothy, she is bigger than my typical preference, she has rough skin and bullet proof glass. Dorothy isn't a divine female but rather a tornado chasing vehicle that I will be trusting with my life this spring as the tornado season starts. I've put in countless hours over the past week getting to know Dorothy and everything that she is capable of. I've spent late nights helping fabricate and get Dorothy ready for everything she will be doing this year. She is similar to a tank with a dash of Ford. I've slacked on my media as a result of the labor and time but the results that Dorothy will allow are far more important than the immediate tasks. I will have the ability to finally chase tornadoes and capture both film and images of one of earths most marvelous creations while simultaneously experience the after math and devastation that something so beautiful can cause. I arrived late to the project as the two true masterminds have been meticulously working on Dorothy for close to two years. Starting originally as a work van the V10 under  the hood, Dorothy is going to see new life. Brennan Jontz and Daniel Auel have poured hours into preparing the vehicle for what is around the corner from constant welding to maintenance so that everything is smooth sailing. It had been years since I last held  an angle grinder and my first night in the shop I was grinding away at the excess around the frame so that the vehicle was good to go for a special  coating. There is a lock down on what can be posted of Dorothy but rest assured these two fine gentlemen mean business. They are both younger than me but Dorothy alone displays the true drive and passion  they both have! I'm eager to continue working with them and for what is in store this summer. My job wont be as convenient for chasing however I'm sure I will get a few under my belt. I look forward to meeting more individuals associated with the Iowa Storm Chasing Network and other enthusiasts. This year will be quite the wild ride so stay tuned for updates! 

 

 

4 months until a potential quarter life crisis!

What do Dr. Dre and I have in common? We both share the same birthday - February 18th. Is 25 surreal? No, age is nothing but a reminder of how far you have come from the starting point which is where we all originated. Sure the story of origination may vary (drunken one night stand, vasectomy gone wrong, love child with the mistress....who really knows) It all boils down to a few things that keep me personally balanced and in a good frame of mind which will in the end prevent a "quarter life crisis". 

 

  1. Photography and Video - I can't draw for shit, if you asked me to sketch you a design or image you'd be better off finding a sketch artist in a small town of 500 people than trying to make out whatever my right hand tries to render. If it wasn't for being able to capture what I envision on a daily basis I don't know where I would be. Probably not cooking meth with Walt and Jesse but you never know, I do know that the surreal mood created when I carry the camera I get so fucking high (metaphorically) that Cheech & Chong would be envious. Pure bliss would be an understatement for how I feel the minute I put in a fully charged battery to the moment I shut off the computer monitors.
  2. Family - If it wasn't for the absolute pandemonium that can always be expected from my family at any hour of the day, I feel I would be one bland individual. There was never a dull moment growing up, from being in first grade and having the most difficult time trying to write the name "Corrina" (Yes in first grade it seemed like the most obnoxious name and really long but now its a few swift hits on the keyboard) to having my brother give me stitches in a pillow fight (I can't make it up, he pushed me over the arm of one of the chairs in the living room and my cheek his the base of the fireplace. I cried like Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 Olympics because it was at that very moment I knew Ashton Kutcher would get the Calvin Klein underwear contract and not me! In all honesty it was 5th grade.) It's these memories that have helped mold me into who I am today and keep me eager and excited for what is in store. 
  3.  Passion - Insert a bunch of heart felt bull shit about why I have it so perfect..... No I may not have it perfect but then again who really knows what perfect is? I make what I have perfect! I embrace everything, I've recently become responsible for my actions and decisions and I would have to say I'm pretty damn proud of myself for not having a mugshot posted on the local news website. I aim to please others, instant gratification is not what I'm looking for. If I gave a shit about the numbers I'd be begging for people to like the simple page I set up on Facebook about my work and craft. However this isn't the case, I do what I do because I love it and I know out of the 7 billion people on earth people are bound to share a sense of empathy and appreciation for my work no matter the genre, style, or medium in which it gets disseminated. 

I could write a diatribe about how every piece of this puzzle called my life is flawless but it would then end up getting distorted. So I remain humble and cherish every moment I guess the times where you can truly reflect are the ones where you absorb the most and really have the opportunity to appreciate the often overlooked.  

 

In other news the four Canon FD lenses arrived today, I'm off Sunday & Monday and have shoots lined up and might throw a few more on top just to stay occupied! So look forward to some images from the recently repaired VG20! I'll keep doing what I want and continue to work on improving myself both in my crafts and my personal life! 

Thanks for pretending to give a shit, if you're still reading this my mind is fucking blown! Not really, I'm slightly interesting.....at least to myself!  Have a good weekend and stay safe people! 

Good bye camera phone?

   Great news after being without my VG20 for an entire month it arrived back home today. I'm working in Omaha, Nebraska through Saturday but I am eager to get home and see that it was properly repaired and back up to specs as the work was done by an authorized Sony service. During the past month I managed to get by with just using my trusty Samsung Galaxy S4 which has helped me cope during this hiatus of not having my camera or favorite lens. The moral of the story is do not attempt to make a repair on a lens that has more screws than you have fingers. 

 (Camera Jargon AHEAD)

   The Canon FD lenses I ordered shipped today as well! For those of you interested I picked up the following lenses for a little over $50 after taxes!

  1. 135mm F3.5 
  2. 50mm F1.8
  3. 100mm-300mm F5.6
  4. 70mm-210mm F4.5 Macro

I wanted to make sure I had a fast 50mm out the gate because with the A7 it will feel like I am holding air. The 135mm F3.5 although slower than I would prefer for low lit situations will allow me to get a few light stops in over the 100-300mm. Of course I had to pick up a 100mm-300mm for multiple reasons, it was 20 bucks, until now the longest range I have had was the long end of my SEL18200 which on the APS-C is the 300mm equivalent on the full frame sensor. So this will allow me to still feel like I did when shooting on the VG20 however, when necessary I can switch the A7 to APS-C and make the 300mm become 450mm which may be necessary to achieve certain images in mind as well as lend some creativity in the long run. 

  While the topic of gear is still present I purchased something today that was long overdue. A diffuser for my on camera flash. It will help immensely to avoid harsh lighting during the fast paced shots and dramatically decrease the amount of post editing required. I'm aware that it's 50 dollars and looks like a crunch up cup for a shake but after countless reviews and example images I'm confident with my purchase.

   The A7 (the new camera) should arrive on December 3rd as I expect no delays because I was so quick to reserve it. The only things that remain for me to pick up are one more external camera flash for even lighting during large family photos during the upcoming weddings and a few W series batteries for the A7. Things are finally coming together nicely and I look forward to sharing some stunning images and videos during the upcoming months!

    If I am excited about anything in particular it definitely has to be the individual who has the role of the best man for an upcoming wedding. The groom in one of my December weddings is having his 4 year old son take on the special role and I am beyond excited to have an adorable blond hair, blue eyed lady killer in what should become timeless photos! Is he preparing a speech or is he currently watching cartoons? I am not one to speculate but I can't wait to meet him!  Add the fact that the wedding will take place in a beautiful barn and did I mention boots? 

 

What do I do?

   Recently I've found myself having to tell more and more models and potential clients that I am unavailable. Until now very few people have been aware of what my actual occupation is. I would love to say that I travel the United States and photograph for high profile businesses and boutiques however those days remain in the distant future. So what do I do that requires me to travel some weeks in excess of 1,000 miles per week? 

    It started a year ago this week, I parked in a bank parking lot during the early morning hours on an extremely cold day and entered a vehicle driven by somebody who I had previously never met. It was the most sketched out thing I had ever done in my life but this individual was an employee for a company I knew nothing about yet was heavily intrigued by. So there I was with a complete stranger as I shadowed what it took to be a private investigator. Yes a P.I. not a police officer but someone who remains in the shadows and continuously utilizes the mask of anonymity to deliver the facts to the client. 

   So it's now a year later and the past 10 months have been absolutely amazing. I've had the opportunity to travel to a variety towns of under 200 people to large thriving cities that are filled with a working class that is beyond familiar with road rage and the last thing on their mind is where you are from as long as they get to where they are going.  

   I still live with my parents, at this point most of you will finally understand why that is reasonable. During the average month I am home maybe 7 days at most. So why pay or rent a place to call home when I would never be there? I'm currently picking away at my student loans and just enjoying this rare opportunity. One year ago after leaving radio I had no idea what I would do, but I was certain it wouldn't be radio. Managing two stations was truly eye opening and it was way more high strung than what I had encountered during my high school and college radio experiences.

   For the past ten months a majority of people were under the impression that I was an intern for various zoo keepers. When I checked into small towns on my Foursquare application several people started messaging me noting that there were no notable zoos within hundreds of miles.  When that fell through I led people to believe I was chasing my dreams as a comedian, to my surprise the announcement was well received and multiple people informed me that they looked forward to getting high and watching me on Comedy Central. Personally I feel I am hilarious without Marijuana but I can't be the decision maker for every individual. 

   So here I am finally doing something I love that is never the same, I wont delve into the specifics of my occupation but I am indeed a private investigator for a company that will go unnamed. I will continue to film and photograph at every opportunity, I've been slacking on video but I will turn over more amazing pieces as time allows. I am able to accommodate most requests if I am given enough notice to avoid conflicts with my employer. 

    So to answer your question no I have not fallen off the map, I've simply disappeared into working habitually so I can conquer student loans and continue building my arsenal of equipment to further embrace my side profession of photography and film. It became more than a hobby when I found myself bringing my personal equipment on trips and going out in the early morning and evening to capture the stories my eyes wanted to tell. 

   The past 50,000 miles have been life changing and I look forward to the next 50,000!

Where I have been