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**BLOG HAS MOVED**

September 10, 2010

I recently realized that when I moved my blog, I never updated here to say so… If there is anyone that still checks (or someone that stumbles across this for the first time) and wonders why there haven’t been any updates, that’s why!  Sorry!!

You can find everything by going HERE (http://www.ianbicknell.com/blog)

Thanks!!

Stew & Kari – An Engagement Preview

March 10, 2010

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I had the privelege of shooting engagement photos for an old friend this past weekend in Columbus, GA.  We had a great time shooting all afternoon and I even got to use my beautiful wife as my assistant!  This is a little sneak peak, keep an eye out for more very soon!

Join My Fan Club… Por Favor.

March 10, 2010

You remember when you were younger and everyone wanted a fan club? No? Maybe that was just me…  Anyways, I made my own on Facebook and would love to have you join!  Most of the information will be the same or similar to here, however there should be some things happening in the future to differentiate the two a little more!

And as a little incentive, if you become a fan during the month of March and book a session for March or April, you will receive a 20% discount!

Hope to see you over there!

A New Exercise for Creativity

February 5, 2010

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I decided to go shoot today, just to do it.  This is something I really need to be on top of and be doing CONSTANTLY… But today, in the spirit of those such as David DuChemin and Zack Arias, I went minimally.  Zack as talked about going out with the preview screen on the back of the camera covered with gaffers tape, and if you keep up with David at all, he’s all about vision over gear… So what did I do?  I have been saying I wanted to shoot film for a while now, and my desire has been medium format.  I was so busy wanting a medium format camera to shoot film with, I forgot I had a couple 35mm film cameras AND a couple rolls of film!  Today, I only took a film camera, some expired Ilford B&W film, and one fixed lens (with the the exception of my digital body to take the above photo… in my driveway).  This, as it has countless others, forced me to slow down, and be more conscience of what was in my frame, what wasn’t included, my exposure, etc… And I won’t see the results for weeks, possible longer!  These could come back WAY over-exposed (shutter sounded slow.. sounds like it needs a new battery), out of focus, or who knows what else… But this is something I intend to keep up!

Tips from Hemingway

January 30, 2010

Here’s from another Nobel Prize winner, this time in literature…

“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit,” Hemingway confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934. “I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.”

Certainly seems applicable…

What I Learned from Muhammad Yunus

January 29, 2010

I watched a Charlie Rose interview with Muhammad Yunus and then Annie Leibovitz.  I was tempted to skip the first interview because I was more interested in hearing what Annie Leibovitz had to say, but I’m glad I didn’t!  Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi banker who developed the idea of microcredit or microloans that essentially loan small amounts of money to those in poverty to spur entrepreneurship.  This enables the poor to become business people and get themselves out of poverty. Mr. Yunus says that better than charity is a “business to do good to people” rather than just make money, and he believes that we will one day see poverty in a museum, as a thing of the past.

What does this have to do with photography? Not a lot really, but a point that Mr. Yunus makes relates well.  In the beginning of the interview Muhammad Yunus talks about the people who were not supportive of his ideas, saying it sounded nice, but it won’t work.. Among many other things.  However, Mr. Yunus pressed on, and after about 20 years from the beginning of the Grameen Bank (the bank Yunus founded to carry this ideal out) Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

I guess that goes to show… Giving up on the things you want never got anyone anywhere…

“The secret of success is focus of purpose.” ~Thomas Edison

Self-Portrait for the New Year

January 23, 2010

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This was a recent self-portrait that I took before I decided to trim my beard.  I’m not really big on doing self-portraits, but I was kinda ready for a new picture of me, so why not?  Who knows, maybe I’ll continue it occasionally.  This is also going to be my beginning of getting back on horse and keeping up with this blog! I have been completely absent from it for some time, but as a part of my goals for 2010 and beyond, I have to tend to this.  And keep an eye out for more about the 2010 goals soon!