As a photographer, packing for an international trip comes with gear anxiety over what might be left behind but needed. In this post I share tips culled from many international trips and conversations with pro travel photographers. Enjoy!Read More
I use a design thinking framework to recap 2016 and systems building thinking to frame up 2017.Read More
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I was speaking to a friend of mine and he asked me: “What does Happiness feel like?" And then he said, "What about Joy? What does that feel like?"
I didn't answer right away. Mostly because I had no idea what the answer was. Then it hit me...I associated joy with an experience. I couldn't associate Joy = <Some Emotion>. I could only remember experience when I felt what I considered Joy.
This made me wonder about and appreciate the utter importance of experiences in life.
Experiences are owned by the participants. Period. 100% undiluted experience.
Emotions have been cataloged into words, labels that anyone and everyone can use any way they choose to describe how they feel. Often these labels are used to an extreme, diluting the very essence of what they are intended to convey.
In this way, emotion labels such as “happiness” and “joy” can lose their significance. After all, It’s the same word used for countless experiences of others..
Most choose this route anyway.
They pick one or more well-known labels and fire away. This route is efficient. They dilute their experience into a common label. They speak the label. Then the other person hears the label and this conjures up their memories of their own experiences. This takes less time, but the full impact isn’t realized. Only a faint shadow is conveyed.
Ultimately I chose to describe joy another way….by sharing a story of a personal experience. By describing “joy” this way, the story reinforces the memory and experience for me — I actually felt “joy” while I was telling the story. Perhaps the story ignited a memory for my friend. Perhaps that memory of an experience created a moment of “joy” for my friend.
I don’t think a label can do that.
Do yourself and your friends and family a favor. Eschew labels in favor of stories whenever possible. You'll have more fun and you'll FEEL the experience.
With Empathy for what Santa's Elves Go Through!
Somehow we're already into the weekend, in between Holidays, and the pull to "routine" is already beginning. I had to remind myself, no give myself permission, to slow down and refocus on the things that matter. Of course I spent some quality time with my loved ones and that recharges the batteries most of the way. However to "Top Up" my batteries to 100% I love to go it alone and indulge in something creative. I like treat myself to something fun, new, whimsical. Something I haven't tried before. Sometimes it's a new game, sometimes it's making a photo with a new technique. I'm pining over photo compositing or "photomanipulation" so I decided to give that a try this year.
Like a lot of things in life, this personal time is more about the journey than the destination. I learned a lot in my many attempts to combine two simple images into a new composite. I could feel my brain being more "plasticy" as it grappled with new concepts and dimensions of layered art. What a rush!
This block of creativity and rest from routine helps me put the Big Picture into perspective. Stepping away and indulging for a few hours helps me rest and recharge and energy to passionately pursue the important things in my life.
2015 will be here in no time, and with it new opportunities, challenges and rewards that will keep us all plenty busy and tax our batteries. How are you going to recharge and "Top Up" for 2015?
This post is part of a series that provides a perspective of The Arcanum from the "inside". In this post I dive deeper into how Magical Learning Experience of The Arcanum comes together.Read More
The Universe works in mysterious ways. Call me a romantic, but I love the fact that the day I decide I have to write a blog post is exactly 1 year after my last post.
Sad. True. But I'm back.
I've been busy since last year: Working on the Strategic Plan for our School District, founding a Maker Space for our School District, and working with two long time friends and colleagues founding The Arcanum.
It's about time I shared my story about it.Read More
On this last day of a really great 4th of July Holiday weekend, we visited some friends with a place in Inverness California (Close to Pt. Reyes Station).
We spent the day on Chicken Ranch Beach exploring, paddle boarding and kayaking.Read More
I've driven by this big rock a hundred times and always thought it would be great to capture it at sunrise. The morning I made the photo we had unusual amount of clouds for the time of year…they played nicely with the photograph.
I took nearly 300 photographs that morning, testing my Canon T3i and Olympus OM-D at the same time while bracketing for exposure.
The final image is made with my Olympus OM-D E-M5, 1/8s @ f/14 ISO 200, m.Zuiko 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 @ 16mm
HDR -2 EV to +2 EV with 1 EV increments
This is my first Father's Day without my Father.
After fighting hard all of his life, he finally rested on December 27, 2012. Anthony Peter Giordano was almost 73 years young.
I've always been proud of my Dad. Even as his health waned he exuded strength, will and passion. And my pride for him grew immensely.
My Father and Mother worked so hard to provide my brother Anthony, sister Mary and I with an environment that surrounded us with family, love, and fun. Mom and Dad never stopped treating us like children -- I mean this in the best way possible…even as adults they worked hard to guide us, please us, protect us, teach us, and keep us loved, in the warm embrace of our family. Their generosity knew no bounds. Even when I lived 3000 miles away, I always felt like I was home.
My Dad set the best example of how to be a man, husband and father.
To honor my Dad on this Father's Day, I'm sharing a letter I wrote and read to him during one of my visits to see him at the end of last year.
You Taught us to Be Careful.
Dad, you always tell all of us to be "Be Careful", whether you are leaving us after visiting or if we are leaving you and Mom after a visit. For most of my life I took this sentiment as a caution, to be careful, to watch and be thoughtful of my surroundings. But I've come to understand that when you say "Be Careful" you are also asking us to be Care - Full, or "Full of Care", to treat others like we would like to be treated, to put ourselves in those of others and better understand and appreciate the other person's perspective and expectations. To care deeply for other people and their point of view. You are the best example of someone who is full of care for your family, friends, and everyone else you meet. Because of you, we are better at being Care-Full with our family, friends and colleagues at work. You've taught us how to put others first, ahead of ourselves. You lead by example.
You Taught us to Put Family First.
Though you are ill now, you still put Mom and your children first. Your thoughts are filled with what should be done to make sure everyone else is taken care of. We will always take care of each other, and the three of us will take care of you and Mom. And together, we'll get through all of life's challenges. On top of this, you carry an immense amount of pride in your family. You share stories about us with family and friends, almost to the point of embarrassment. That pride you carry is so dear and so deep, it fills us with pride and more importantly confidence - enabling us to care for our own families and be proud of them as well. When we tell stories and brag about our own kids, I always remember how you would tell stories about us to family, friends, even people at work. I now understand how good it feels to be proud of your children.
You Taught us to Work Smart and Hard.
I love that you taught us how to work at a young age. I love telling stories about going to work with you and Anthony. You pushed our limits and taught us that without sincere effort, we wouldn't reach our goals. You taught us how to appreciate what we earn in exchange for our effort. You taught us to always Do the Right Thing and to always Do Things Right. Because of you, I feel a great sense of pride about my childhood and I carry that pride into my own work…it is a sincere source of confidence for me. I think about you every day at work when I ask myself: "What would Dad do?"
You Created a Legacy.
Dad - hopefully you can tell that we are so very proud of you. You have always been there for us, and have never let any of us down. You don't let anything stop you from doing what you wanted to do, setting the best example of how to live a life to its fullest extent. You taught us how to live our lives by caring for others, always doing the right thing, working hard for our goals, and celebrating our accomplishments.
Dad, you have taught me how to be a man, a father, and a husband - and that's the most important thing a Dad can do.
And because of that, this great legacy of yours will live on in us, in our children, in their children, and so on. Forever.
We Love You Dad. Happy Father's Day.
Bolinas is nestled in between Stinson Beach and Pt. Reyes California and is host to the Duxbury Reef Preserve State Marine Conservation area.
The best way to explore the tide pools is to enter through the Agate County Beach Park. After parking take a short hike down a somewhat paved trail that gives way to a rugged sand and pebble descent to sea level and the tide pools.
Go at low tide and all sorts of creepy crawlies can be found hunkering down waiting for the next tide to roll in.
Take your time when exploring...this is the land of little creatures that conceal themselves through their own adaptations and by taking advantage of every nook and cranny to be found.
This evening I enjoyed my first photo walk with Curtis Simmons and Trey Ratcliff from www.stuckincustoms.com and Thomas Hawk (www.thomashawk.com) .
Fantastic event on that started on the Yerba Buena Green, traveled down Mission to 7th, and back up Market, ultimately landing in Union Square.
Here are a few of my photos from the photo walk.
Check out more photos by searching for #GlassPhotoWalk on Google+
The ridiculously hot blazing days of April finally relented and in rushed some of the coolest / foggiest / drizzliest / overcastiest weather we've seen in weeks.
That didn't stop us from having a fun with friends and some traditional Mexican fare to celebrate the holiday.
Coco, our puppy, enjoys the early warmth in the middle of Spring.Read More
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