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Yoga. Goats. Together. Hilarity ensues.

June 26, 2017  •  1 Comment

Danielle is a friend who works with my wife, Jaime, at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Danielle also has a farm, raises goats and is willing to share their hidden powers of human restoration. I first met them (the goats) last year at UF during a Wellness Wednesday "Therapy Goat" love-in.

Goats and yoga. Two words rarely used in the same sentence. What can possibly be learned from this odd mix?

Danielle and Kristen Crisp, the owner of The Sanity Gurus Yoga Studios and Wellness Center teamed up this weekend for a combo yoga, therapy goats extravaganza!

As I expected, the goats travel from the farm to yoga class in a big pickup truck. But do the goats travel in the bed of the pick-up truck? No, no they don't. Yoga goats travel in the plush, air conditioned truck cab with their humans. They're in travel carriers, of course. (The goats travel in carriers, Danielle and her husband in the front.)

Like a rock band arriving fashionably late for a concert, the goats can be heard bleating, just off stage....the yoga class quiet in anticipation. Then, they (the goats) burst on the scene in a blur of legs and floppy ears.

A little known fact: baby goats can't (or won't) walk or run in a straight line. Nor can they move more than a few steps without kicking up their heels. They move with amazing speed and agility, seeking the high that a chest cooler or human body in the middle of a yoga pose. They also ate almost every plant in Kristen's yard.

What great life philosophy: Play hard, act silly, don't care what people think about you while you're doing it. Meet strangers, immediately love them. No judging. Try new things: maybe goats, or yoga, or Yoga goats really are for you. Cuddle when you're tired. Rinse. Repeat.

Photo Stuff: Images shot with Canon 7D (mk I) and 1Ds mkIII. Lenses, Canon: 10-22mm, 28-70mm, 70-200mm.

Photo project from an airport lounge seat

June 16, 2017  •  1 Comment

I was in Oslo, Norway during the week of 12-16 June for the Escenic A/S user group meeting, called Escenic Days. Escenic is a software company I work for specializing in a high-performance, easy-to-use web content management system called CUE, including an awesome live blogging tool, CUE Live.

During the user group meeting, Michael Taylor (@MTaylorisms) made the point that smartphones are the "secret weapon" in any organizations web content delivery strategy. We are an "always on, always connected society."

On my way home, I took a seat in the British Airways departure lounge with an hour to go. Within all the compass points in my field-of-view were people engaged and engrossed in their mobile devices. The scene was a revelation...even for those of us dealing on a daily basis with content strategies to engage new customers and content consumers. Anyone producing content - including professional photographers - who underestimates the power on mobile is setting themselves up for disappointment.

So from my seat in Oslo's Gardermoen Airport, I began to photograph my fellow travelers. I steadied my Canon 7D (mk1) on my knees and shot using Live View to avoid attracting attention. I basically just swiveled the camera on my knee, in an arc. In other words, I didn't leave my seat while shooting the images in the gallery below.

A classic Canon 28-70 F/2.8 was used for all the images.


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