Posts Tagged Outdoor photography

New Years Resolution

My New Year Resolution is: to post more on my blog to keep my friends more up to date with what is going on with me and my photography.

With that being said I also have to be careful because of my Aerial competition, the ones close by don’t tell much and they sure have pumped me for questions and then one has screwed me on a job so my honesty with these guy has been lost, not telling them a thing and sure want have anything to do with the guy who burned me.  Now the other people who I am not a threat too are so very helpful and wonderful to work with and so free to share there great information!  Thank you for that!

Now for today’s happening  SNOW we have SNOW and I am not talking an inch I am talking about 6 inches!  How kool is that?  So I have shoveled a path out and have time to work with my images and ideals that I have.   I will share them in the future but I have to be careful.  So I took some phone shots of the snow and that reminded me to remove thumbnails and some other images off the phone and now back at posting the images.  So now that I have this posted I am moving on to adding more images to my phone.

Till next week

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PAPA Certified Aerial Photographer

Local Photographer Earns Rare Certification in Aerial Photography

Houston, TX, March 3, 2010- Sam Crimm, owner of Middle Tennessee Aerial Photography of Tullahoma, TN, is proud to announce that he has earned the designation of Certified Aerial Photographer through the Professional Aerial Photographers Association International (PAPA).

The PAPA Aerial Photographers’ Certification course requires an extensive skill set specific to photography from an airplane or helicopter including advanced photographic expertise, knowledge of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and air traffic control rules and regulations and an essential awareness for flight safety.

Currently less than 100 aerial photographers world-wide have received this certification,” said Pat Belanger, president of PAPA. “This award reinforces the fact that Sam Crimm has developed his proficiency to make his company competitive with the biggest and the best in the aerial imagery acquisition business.”

I am honored to have received this designation from PAPA,” said Crimm. “It means a lot to have my experience and expertise earn this rare designation.”

The Aerial Photographers Certification course and testing took place during PAPA’s International Conference that took place March 3-6, 2010 in Houston, TX.

Sam Crimm’s, Middle Tennessee Aerial Photography is located at 206 South Anderson St Tullahoma, TN and specializes in the finest aerial photography services for the real estate, construction and architectural markets. The company services Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia.

PAPA International, the Professional Aerial Photographers’ Association, is a professional trade organization, comprised of aerial photographers throughout the world. PAPA’s purpose is that of an educational group, dedicated to the promotion of high business ethics, helping members to provide quality service and products through shared experience.

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Meeting of Photographers in Nashville

I drove up to Nashville last night and met with other photographer that follow David Bean and the meeting was at his studio.  There were somewhere between 50 to 75 people that showed up.  Some friends like Pierre and new ones Chad,Joel,Kay ramming an photographer from the boro.  I met a lot of others but no cards passed and just talked photography.  There was a photo booth set up and David took picture of everyone along with a guy that had an old Polaroid  land Camera he took some kool black and whites.

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Tullahoma Board Meeting

Well I was want to be appointed to the Local Airport Authority this past Monday night, but a  lady and she is a realtor and president of the local Chamber beat me out.  So let see, I have been a pilot for 39 years, own and run several business in Tullahoma, my family business has only been here for 58 years.  I do aerial photography, I use my PLANE and fly from the TULLAHOMA AIRPORT weekly.   I was chairman of the authority after my dad died from 1980 to 1984.  I have own my Cessna 182 since 1977….mmmm so what do you think is more important to a community?  Someone appointed because she is ????  Or someone else that has the qualifications?   Does not make sense to me except I a have gotten up and spoke my mind to things that have happen in the past, tryed to honest about what I said and I know I stepped on toes, but all I spoke was the facts as I saw them.  If you know me, you know where I am coming from.  All I can do is wait for a new mayor and see what happens.  So this is another way our government works, and we don’t do anything to make change, because too many people benefit from things personally.  It is a shame but that is how we have let things happen.

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The Pasting of Maggie Miller

I got a chance at a job down in Tortola  BVI, because of a friend Bob Prescott. I was there for a year and a half, it was a good job till you threw in drunks, cry babies, and guys who lied only to better themselves and to put down others . One of the first trips down there I went to Mulligans bar, it at the front of Nanny Cay, and that is when I met Maggie. She was this attractive, smiling, nice, friendly lady. It was such a pleasure to meet her. And after that I would drop by for a beer and visit sometimes, the bar was on the other end of the island so it was not on the path home. I always notice a white Ford ranger with these home made tool boxes on the side, and well you don’t want to know what I was thinking. Turns out it was Jeff’s.  Then after several months down there working I finally meet Jeff.  Jeff was the type of guy that when you met him you knew instantly how nice of a guy he was!   Well he started working with us over on Peter Island and I got to be close friends with him, we would kid around and have great talks. He is a skilled man that works hard and knows what he is talking about. He was some one you could respect, and at the end of the day he was your friend too. Well he would bring chile mac to work and tease me ( I love Chile Mac), and I would bring egg sandwiches in the morning and share.  I was even invited one night for a chile mac supper!  Of course most of the time it was Jeff and I that showed up on time, the other supervisors were still drunk and would not show till the 10 o’clock boat. I can remember one time that Jeff was having a hard time with propane fired hot water heaters and they just would not work. Bob, the guy who got me the job, called Jeff a failure and something else but it was an uncalled for insult, Bob was good at passing unfounded insults , Jeff and I talked about it and Jeff typed up a letter and quit because of it. Jeff was in a better position than I was, he and Maggie had moved to Tortola, me I was just there for the work and that had I quit I would have payed the IRS dearly so I put up with Bob being a drunk, insulting and belittling. When Bob got the letter he back stepped and asked Jeff to stay on and I hope Jeff made him sweeten the pot. But from that day on I looked up to Jeff and what he stood for. Jeff has my utmost respect in so many ways.

And that brings me to the call I got today from my good friend Cecilia about Maggies Untimely Death. I had to wait till the afternoon to call Jeff, but I could not put it off any longer, I cried as I talked to Jeff and I am crying now because of Jeff’s lost and how much it hurts that someone as nice as Jeff to lost someone they love. It just broke my heart to hear that Maggie was gone. I told Jeff that I was at a lost for words and he just asked for prayers and that his Maggie was there with him. God took this good mans sweet wife and we will really never know why. But Maggie and Jeff were made for each other and that was something that I respect too. He and Maggie should have grown old together, he deserved it and so did she! I will pray for Jeff and I hope it will make his grief a little easier. The funny thing is that just last week I was grocery shopping and saw a box of Chile Mac and thought I need to make some and take a picture of me sitting in front of it and send it to my old buddy Jeff. I will never forget Maggie and god bless you Jeff.

Added: 8-24-09 Been thinking about my post on Maggie, and how I talked about Jeff, I don’t know if you gathered from what I was saying but he is a man you can rely on.  We had to over come challenges that on any other job ( if managed right) you would not.  Jeff stood above us all, and way above others on Peter Island.

Here is words from a song by Nickleback, I think it fits how we could live our lives because of what could happen to us at any time.

My best friend gave me the best advice
He said each day’s a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride

If today was your last day
and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
If today was your last day

Against the grain should be a way of life
What’s worth the prize is always worth the fight
Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try
So live like you’ll never live it twice
Don’t take the free ride in your own life

If today was your last day
and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
Would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce of memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
Would you find that one you’re dreamin’ of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day

If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?
You know it’s never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are
So do whatever it takes
‘Cause you can’t rewind a moment in this life
Let nothin’ stand in your way
Cause the hands of time are never on your side

If today was your last day
and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?

Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
Would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce of memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
Would you find that one you’re dreamin’ of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day

Update!!!

Maggie

Maggies Obituary

Margaret “Maggie” Miller

Margaret Susan Miller, 43, of Tortola, British Virgin Islands passed away unexpectedly on August 16, 2009.  She was born on November 16, 1965 in Oregon, Ohio to Nicholas and Margaret Balasz.  Maggie married her high school sweetheart, Jeff Miller on August 29, 1987.  She worked various places over the years before moving to the islands, including Michael’s Catering, the U.S. Post Office and NuCentury Textile Services.  Most recently Maggie worked as a barmaid at Captain Mulligan’s beach bar in the British Virgin Islands where she had lived the last 5 years.  Maggie enjoyed life and was the life of the party.  She loved to entertain friends, laugh, dance and have fun.  She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Margaret is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, Jeff; mother, Margaret Balasz; brother, Nicholas Balasz; sisters, Sophia (Jim Kralik) Balasz, Rose (Bob) Stewart, Florence (Joel) Steinmetz and Mary (Brian) Grosse; brothers and sisters-in-law; Dan (Sandy) Miller, Tom (Sandy) Miller, Ken (Nancy) Miller, Cheri (Dan) Kneisley and Ogie (Peggy) Miller.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, her island friends and K-9 companion, Trixie.  Maggie was preceded in death by her father, Nicholas Balasz and mother and father-in-law, Betty and Ferdinand Miller.

Friends may visit Freck Funeral Chapel, 1155 S. Wynn Rd. in Oregon (419) 693-9304, on Friday, September 11, 2009 from 2-9 p.m.   Funeral services will begin in the funeral home on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. and continue on with the Mass of Christian Burial in St. Ignatius Church at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the “Margaret Miller Memorial Fund”.

www.freckchapel.com


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Helped a fellow photographer

Helped a fellow photographer Norris Carden Tuesday, he was taking images of a beautiful lady who’s husband is in Afganistan. She has a super smile and her husband should be a happy guy when he gets these. We took them at Rutledge Falls and she had her dog and sister along. It was a blast, hot but fun. Did a lot of changes and used only natural light with a reflector.

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Video marketing

Beside my new studio, I am planning a way to use video to market my aerial business and how helpful it will be to use in selling property and following construction progress!

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working on the new studio!

Well I have decided to put in a photo studio, it is going to be located on Crimms Alley, The 200 block between South Polk and South Anderson St. in Tullahoma, I am going to call it The Alley Studio.
This is before the removal of stuff!
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It will be available  to area photographers, I don’t have a rate yet, there will be a lot of factors involved so that will be covered in a later post.   The first phase will be 13×28 and the second will be 13×43.  I can expand to  a larger size if I need too, and that will be 37×15, and you throw in the 13×28 for the waiting /offices space, now were talkin.  I have a dumpster setting in the back cleaning out stuff, have walls to build and insulate, some wiring to do, hang some sheet rock and slap the paint on there.  I have so many props it could take a year to go thru them all.

Here is the beginning of filling it up!
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Processing Images

In the good old days I use to take a roll of 36 and spend 4 to 6 hours developing the film and then turning around and printing 5×7 with my 4×5 enlarger.  It was hot in my little dark room but I was having fun figuring out how things worked reading magazine articles and just spending hours and hours in my dark little room.  I was even processing color slides! 

Now  last Friday for the 4thof July Fireworks and airshow I took 739 images!  And I may spend a lot less time per image but I have so many to work withI can pick and choose only the best and then I just mark them so I will remember which ones I liked the best so in 3 months I will remember.  But until I need them I can just enjoy the images on my screen,Then when I need to print them, I can with my Epson 7880 Photo printer, it prints 24″ tall to 48″ wide.  I printer I use in my workI use this printer with all my images, I have never had to send out any of my images for printing.  I use it for my construction progress images that I laminateand all my fine images too, I even have canvas to print on!  I can’t wait to use it on some of my panorama’s and have them framed!  I even have some killer aircraft images flying and static that would look great on canvas. 

Below is Chris Rounds the Red Knight landing.

Landing

Landing

Chris is based out of Tullahoma and does airshows across the country. His plane is a Lockheed T-33 it was build for the Canadian Air Force and the Red Knight was and still is famous in Canada for the airshows from the 1950’s.

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Windows Vista

I am still losing the the battle with my PC that runs Visa, but I am looking to run Linux and get away from as much windows as I can.  And when my PC dies I will go buy MAC.  We all know that windows runs a pc terribly and that our choices are far and few between.  When I try search for images on a CD and nothing happens, I reboot and then slowy it finds the files and I can view them, give me a break, or when I am running Media player and my system slows way down!!!  4 gig of ram and 2 ADM 64×2 Dual Core processors 5600= 2.80 GHz??

I am tired of the crap!

This is also the start of my bogging for sure.  The link is on my site and I expect people will want to hear something.   Had a great 4th I took about 750 images of planes and fireworks.  I have posted the fireworks on my flickr account    http://www.flickr.com/photos/14917023@N05/sets/72157620885300297/ so take a look and enjoy the burst of light.

I think I am going to go download open office and install it on my desktop for a starter.  And if it works like I think it will , I will remove my MS office.  I will keep you posted.

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