How not to hire a wedding photographer II

The Wedding Photographer

Four and a half long years ago I wrote How not to hire a wedding photographer, an article that was a response to a Craigslist ad about someone who had very unrealistic goals about what they wanted.  In the article I broke down each and every absurd request the person had and gave reasonable answers.  I’m going to attempt to do the same thing with a recent Craigslist ad where a bride is flying off the chain at what she seems to think is a case of hanging out and shooting photos.

The original ad posted to the Seattle Craigslist:

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Finding Oregon, The Most Amazing Time Lapse Video

I’m a fan of time lapse photography, there have been several videos on Randomn3sss already but the evolution of how they are produced has progressed at breakneck speed.  Friend and fellow photographer Andipantz dropped me an email with a link to the video below, as a proud Oregonian herself, it’s apparent why so many travel there to photograph.  What Uncaged the Soul Productions have done with this time lapse video is simply unreal though, there aren’t enough adjectives to properly describe it.  Watch it in full screen mode, take it all in and enjoy it.


San Francisco to Paris in Two Minutes

I have become totally in love with time lapse videos, and this isn’t the first one I’ve posted here and won’t be the last.  It’s a skill I’m working on myself and hoping to get a little better at, but love the concept of this 11 hour journey over 2 minutes.


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Best Pumpkin Carvings of 2011

Four years ago I published the Best pumpkin carvings of 2007, it’s hard to believe that was four  years ago already! I figured it was about time for an update, so I scoured through some files and archives and found some really great photos!  First and foremost on the list is an amazing pumpkin featuring a portrait of Steve Jobs, may he rest in piece.

Steve Jobs [PA080528]

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Interview With Photographer C.T. Pham aka Phamster

In an effort to bring the interviews back to Randomn3ss, photographer CT Pham agreed to play Q and A with me.

You were recently featured in an article I wrote for Light Stalking entitled 7 Photographers you will probably hear about in the future. I chose to feature you in there because of the urging of several on a Canon photography forum and your Flickr portfolio, one that is heavily commented by viewers and admirers of your work.  How do you feel about this? Continue reading »

Ad’s That Just Don’t Work Anymore

Even though it’s 2010 some of my friends still forward countless stupid emails.  Angela, the same person responsible for sending me the insanely popular best pumpkins post just forwarded me an email that’s too good not to post up.

I’m already a huge fan of Mad Men, the TV show based in the early 60’s and focusing on the advertising industry of New York City so this collection of ads that just don’t work anymore, while totally sexist and completely wrong, still made me chuckle a bit.

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Street Artist Julian Beever

Two of the more popular posts over the last few years here have been of Julian Beever attacks the pavement, and the follow up, showing his amazing street art and chalk paintings.  This is another follow up, showing videos of his work instead, in progress and how he does it. Continue reading »

Amazing Time-lapse Videos Shot on Canon 5d mkII

When Canon announced the 5d mkII digital SLR camera, many photographers instantly became HD videographers as well.   In addition to being a 21mp still camera the second generation 5d captures 1080p HD video.  While this was never meant to replace a real digital video camera due to hardware limitations and memory card sizes, it does allow users to create short video clips of stunning quality, partly due to the wide array of lenses available.

One of the more fascinating things these new videographers are doing is time-lapse video footage.  A time-lapse photograph involves setting a camera on a tripod for several minutes to several hours, leaving the shutter open and allowing movement to be captured.  In the amazing photo below, a film camera was used for several hours at night and the circular motion of the stars is actually from the earth’s rotation.

Star Trails

Using the basic idea but with snippits of short video that is then merged together, very high quality time-lapse videos have started to appear on the Internet.

One of the first that really caught my eye was done by William Castleman entitled Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party.


Tom from Timescapes specializes in time-lapse cinematography and has a great collection on his website and Vimeo.



And here’s a short stop motion trip through Barcelona by dubassy.


As a photographer I find this stuff amazingly intriguing, yet don’t have the patience to create them on my own.  I do look forward to seeing this new trend evolve though.

Meat Cards

Found these little gems last night, not only are they possibly the most unique business cards, they have a great sales pitch to go along with them.

Screw die-cutting. Forget about foil, popups, or UV spot lamination. THESE business cards have two ingredients: MEAT AND LASERS.  MEAT CARDS do not fit in a Rolodex, because their deliciousness CANNOT BE CONTAINED in a Rolodex.


Equally amazing is that the prototype card’s reference to American Psycho!  This also appears to be 100% legit, here’s the meat masters running their 150 watt Co2 laser:


These scrumptious business cards are not ready for sale yet, but more photos, an explanation of the process and general info can be found on the Meat Cards website or by following them on Twitter @meatcards.

World Championship Sand Sculptures

This was sent in by Randomn3ss reader Angela, simply amazing. These are sand castles from this year’s competition at Harrison Hot Springs , British Columbia Canada . They last until the weather takes them down. Harrison is well known for their perfect sand for building sand castles. So much time to create them, so little time to enjoy them.

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