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Monochrome Montana EP. 1 Havre

Monochrome Montana EP. 1 Havre

I love black and white photography so I thought ( yes it was painful) as my job takes me all over the state why not document what I see in B&W, everyone photographs this beautiful state in color so why not be a little different and original.

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Playing With Macro

Playing With Macro

When ordering my new gear I decided to get a macro lens for my portrait photography sessions that require extreme closeups. . This lens allows you to get up close and personal with your subject like baby toes and fingers, wedding rings or flowers like below

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Rustic Rails

Rustic Rails

A few weeks ago I was approached by the owners of Rustic Rails to do product photography.  I've never ventured into that area before but thought I would give it a try. After meeting with them and getting a feel for what they wanted I went to work. Before we get to the product images lets take a minute to meet these ladies and what they offer.

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The Year Was 1981

The year was 1981 and every boy wished he could have Jessie's girl. The space shuttle Columbia had it's first flight, the aids virus was identified, the word internet was first mentioned, MS Dos was released along with the first IBM PC and Prince Charles and Lady Di were married.

The Average yearly income was $21,050.00, the average cost of a new house was $78,200 and a gallon of gas cost $1.32.

On the television Luke married Laura on General Hospital, the cops on Hill Street Blues kept the streets safe and The Greatest American Hero flew across our screens, speaking of screens on the large screen was Raiders of the lost Arc, On Golden Pond and the Fox and the Hound. 

Now this should make you feel old if you don't already, Jennifer Tisdale, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake were born within this year and on the home front I was discovering more great music.

There is so much music from the 80's I love but I think last week I got a little carried away, so this week I cut my favorites to 10 to make it a bit easier to digest. So without further ado in order here is is my top ten list from 1981.

#10 Alan Parsons Project - Games People Play

The Alan Parsons Project consisted of the line up of several British rock bands and were active between 1975 and 1990. 

#9 Gino Vannelli - Living Inside

Gino is a Canadian singer-songwriter who had several hit songs from the 70's and 80's

#8 REO Speedwagon - Take It On The Run

An American band from Illinois, they were formed in 1967 (wow the band is 1 yr older than I am.) They had great success in the early to mid 80's. Their album Hi Infidelity had 4 top 40 hits in the US and sold 10 million copies. 

#7 Frankie and The Knockouts - Sweetheart

They were formed in my home state of New Jersey and the song sweetheart was their most popular even though they had 3 other top 40 singles. They wrote the original version of Hungry Eyes sung by Eric Carmen and won and Academy Award for the song The time of My Life from Dirty Dancing. 

#6 Pat Benatar - Treat Me Right

Patricia Mae Benatar, who most likely will show up a few more times on my lists, is a singer, a songwriter, an actress and 4 time Grammy Award winner. She has too many accolades to list so let's just enjoy her music. 

#5 Journey - Don't Stop Believing

In my opinion one of the best feel good songs ever. Tell me honestly you haven't sang along with this song when you have heard it on the radio. Formed in 1973 they had their greatest success between 1978 and 1987 again in my opinion thanks to Steve Perry. Journey had a successful reunion in the 1990's then later regrouped with a series of lead singers.

#4 Dan Folgelberg - Same Old Land Syne

A super talented composer and multi-instrumentalist he is best known for his hit songs Longer, Leader Of The Band and Same Old Lang Syne. 

#3 Greg Kihn Band - The Breakup Song

Started by frontman Greg Kihn, their most succesful songs were Jeopardy and The Breakup Song.

#2 Climax Blues Band - I Love You

The Climax Blues Band is a British band formed in 1967 in England by vocalist Colin Cooper. 

#1 Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl

Richard Lewis Springthorpe is an Austrailian singer, actor, songwriter and author better known as Rick Springfield. He was a member of the group Zoot from 69 to 71 then started his solo career. He went on to have 4 top ten hits and his two most popular albums are Working Class Dog and Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet. 

There you have it my favorite songs from 1981. Hey can you guess what next week's blog is going to be about yup you guessed it 1982. Until then have a great week and stay up to date by following one of my social links. See you in 1982, don't forget your Aqua Net.

Your favorite neighborhood photographer,

Scott 

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The Year Was 1980

The Year Was 1980

The year was 1980, I was paddled three times in one day for skipping school, The Empire Strikes Back and 9 to 5 were in theaters. John Lennon was shot and killed in New York. Post-It Notes go on sale. The MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas was destroyed by fire. Mount St. Helens erupted on the 27th of March, the Pac-Man arcade game was released as well as the Rubik's cube, and the world tunes in to find out who Shot JR?

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My favorite songs from the 70's that helped shape my love of music

My favorite songs from the 70's that helped shape my love of music

A couple weeks ago I did an article pertaining to things you didn't know about me. When I wrote that I mentioned my love of music. I thought it would be fun to go through the decades of my life and share with you songs that inspired me, moved me, or were just downright fun. Let's start with the 70's. This decade has so many great songs from soulful love ballads from groups like the Carpenters and Bread to the rise of Disco and Hard rock with bands like ABBA, The Bee Gee's, Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath. It's so hard to narrow this list to 20 I could literally have hundreds of songs on this list but in order here are the ones that meant the most to me. Thank you Youtube and Wikipedia for helping me put this together. 

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In Case You Were Dying To Know How I Prepare For A Photo Session Here You Go

In Case You Were Dying To Know How I Prepare For A Photo Session Here You Go

Your photo session starts the very second you contact me. Whether by phone, FaceBook or my Website this initial contact is probably one of the most important parts of your session. When we meet we will discuss everything you have in mind and I have several key questions to help me get to know you and what you expect. Questions like:

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Protecting Images On The Web

Protecting Images On The Web

I THINK IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO PROTECT YOUR IMAGES WHEN YOU RELY ON THEM FOR YOUR LIVELIHOOD BUT I ALSO KNOW NO MATTER WHAT MEASURES I TAKE, NOTHING WILL STOP DISHONEST PEOPLE FROM STEALING MY CONTENT AND PHOTOS IF THEY REALLY WANT TO. I FIGURE IT'S BEST NOT TO WASTE TIME TRYING TO ACHIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE, IT'S BETTER TO SIMPLY TRY AND DETER DOWNLOADERS BY MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO ACCESS OR USE MY PICTURES. 

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Rumors, Lies and Crazy Exercise Equipment

Rumors, Lies and Crazy Exercise Equipment

Aside from my family and photography one of my other passions in life is fitness, with an emphasis on running. For as long as I can remember I've been reading about and studying the fitness industry and science of the body. Also for as long as I can remember fitness hacks have gotten under my skin. Very few things tick me off more than these so-called wellness or fitness companies ( and I use the word fitness loosely ) and how they sell outright lies to make a buck and get away with it. Each time I see a new commercial for the latest and greatest weight loss product I cringe and start to mumble incoherent vulgarities at the tv. So to vent, venting is good therapy or so I'm told, I thought it would be fun to talk about some of the craziest, silliest, downright stupid, money wasting exercise equipment of the past few decades. 

I was going to do a blog on what seems to me to be the number one lie being sold and that is spot fat loss. Most of the equipment I'm going to show you claim that it targets certain areas of your body for fat loss. Shake me and your arm flab will go away. Push me and your beer gut will disappear and you will have the chest of a Greek Andonis. Swallow me and you will lose 10lbs overnight. That last one might be true as you will be stuck on the toilet for twenty-four hours thinking you're going to die. 

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