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New On-line Forum Launched for FAP Podcast Listeners!

Hey all,

In an effort to create a more interactive atmosphere around the Fireground Action Photography podcast, I’ve created an on-line forum at Google Groups.  Here’s a link to the forum http://groups.google.com/group/Fireground so please sign up (it’s free) and join in the conversation! The point of the forum is to give listeners and fans of the show, and anyone interested in photography for that matter, a place to meet each other and chat about their passion for photography.

Discussion doesn’t have to be limited to emergency services photography by any means.  As we say on the show all the time…it all comes down to photography. Period. Let’s use the forum as a place to talk about photography, techniques, equipment, swap stories, ask each other questions, give us your show topic ideas, etc.

We know there are other forums out there for photographers…let’s make this one OURS!

http://groups.google.com/group/Fireground

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or by visiting Fireground Action Photography

September 29, 2008 Posted by | Photography, Podcasting, visual arts | , , , , , | Leave a comment

An evening of photos, food and friends…come one, come all!

Hey folks, sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  I know you’re all spiraling into depression because you haven’t heard from me.

I wanted to invite everyone out there to attend an evening of photography and good food with good friends.  Here’s the info:

The California Fire Photographers Association will host an evening of photography and dinner on September 13, 2008 at 6:00pm. The location will be Victorios Restorante in North Hollywood.

The night will kick off with an interactive photo presentation by three of our members who recently ventured deep into Alaska’s Katmai National Park to photograph Coastal Brown Bears (Grizzlies). They came back with over 10,000 combined images to sift through and have created a wonderful program which they will share with attendees. They will also bring examples of the equipment they used to capture their favorite images and share stories from the trip. They will happily entertain questions following the presentation.

There will also be a moving slide show presentation by Ross Benson who covered the recent funeral services of a retired Burbank Fire Department Captain. Ross created a presentation documenting the career of this dedicated veteran and will share it with us.

If you’re in So Cal, please join us on September 13th at Victorios and bring your friends! It will surely be a great night of photography, stories and friends.

Contact info:
nfo08@cfpafirephoto.org
http://www.cfpafirephoto.org

Follow us on Twitter. We’re “cfpa” on Twitter.

For directions to Victorios: http://www.victoriosonline.com

It should be a great time and we want lots of people to show up!

I also wanted to share a great photo website with you which belongs to Timothy Tonge in Colorado who recently emailed me about the podcast.  He does some wonderful railroad photography and I was quite impressed when I paid a visit. Here’s the link –  http://www.railroad-photos.com/

That’s it for now. Please go to iTunes and subscribe to the Fireground Action Photography podcast! We need your support and participation. Thanks in advance!

Any comments?

September 3, 2008 Posted by | Photography, Podcasting, visual arts | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Media Expo 2008

Right now I’m sitting in the lobby of the Las Vegas Hilton organizing my thoughts after attending the New Media Expo, a convention for on-line media producers.  I have to say, I learned quite a bit while here.  I’ll take a lot back to Burbank with me to use in the development of my website, netcast and blog.  I have to say, I jumped in to this thing feet first.  I still have a lot to learn but I’m going to try my best to provide the best content I can.

I met some great folks, made some great contacts and attended some very informative workshops.  From WordPress to Garageband, Blogging to Podcasting…it was all here.

On Friday, August 15th, I had the honor of being interviewed by Leo Laporte of the TWiT (This Week in Tech) Network and such radio stations as KFI in Los Angeles and KFYI in Phoenix.  I’ve been following him for quite some time now and tend to spend way too much time in front of my computer on the weekends watching his live video streams.  Well, on Thursday and Friday of the expo, he invaded the Stickam booth, the company that hosts his video stream, with four cameras, lights and a live audience.  He streamed live both days recording such shows as Net @ Night and TWiM (This Week in Media).  Most of the usual suspects were in attendance including staffers Colleen, Dane and Tony.  I found them all to be great sports and good company.  Back to the interview – Leo interviewed me live on www.twitlive.tv. Yep.  It was a great opportunity to not only meet Leo, from whom I’ve learned plenty in recent months, but to tell the audience about my new podcast “Fireground Action Photography“.  Leo was a wonderful host and made it easy for me to get my message out.  Check out www.twitlive.tv or www.techguylabs.com for reruns of Leo’s programming from the expo which will likely start airing when all the equipment arrives back in Leo’s Petaluma studio (aka “TWiT Cottage”) tomorrow.

I will definitely attend future NME’s as there is much to be learned.  The networking, I must say, was perhaps the best part.  Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one in my world that even knows what podcasting and blogging are, much less has a desire to produce it.  This event proved me wrong…by a long-shot.  I thank everyone in attendance for reenforcing my drive and passion to get this thing going.  My goal is to create a media company to promote my passion for photography.  I think I’m well on my way and hope that you, my on-line colleagues and friends, will join me on that journey.

To quote a Twitter post by Leo last night: “I think we’ll just declare victory and withdraw.  Bye Bye Vegas!”

Leo Laporte interviewing me on Twitlive.  Screenshot courtesy of Stickam

Leo Laporte interviewing me on Twitlive. Screenshot courtesy of Stickam

Leo Laporte and I in the Stickam Booth at NME 2008

Leo Laporte and me in the Stickam booth at NME. Photo by Jake Gold, Stickam

August 16, 2008 Posted by | Photography, Podcasting, visual arts | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gearing up…

Hello all…

I’ve been planning my upcoming Alaska trip for over a year now and it’s finally becoming a reality.  Some fellow photographers and I will be flying to a lodge in Katmai in two weeks.  Have you ever seen the classic images of a Grizzly Bear standing on the edge of a waterfall catching a leaping Salmon in it’s mouth?  Well, that image was likely taken at a place called Brooks Falls along the Brooks River.  That’s where we’re going!  They  are in the midst of the “Salmon run” up there, the annual migration  of Salmon returning to their place of birth in order to spawn.   They swim upstream and up waterfalls and the Grizzlies, looking to bulk up for their winter hibernation, actively hunt these fish as they battle their way upstream.

I’ll be there in the middle of all the action hoping to get that classic shot for myself!  Although the nice folks at Brooks Lodge couldn’t guarantee that the bears will be fluffy and hungry, nor would the salmon be jumping, I still have high hopes.  I, along with my colleagues, will be bringing  cases of camera gear with us, no doubt making the airline droids who thought up the “extra $$ for extra baggage” policy very happy.  I now have the task of selecting which pieces of equipment (lenses, camera bodies, etc.) I’ll be taking along for the ride.  Along with looking through equipment I already have is the requisite running around and buying up every thinkable accessory I may, or may not, need.  There are no roads up there, we’ll be taking a float plane directly to the lodge.  We’re actually going to ship a few cases of camera equipment ahead via UPS to save on airline surcharges.  I hope to come back with a slew of wonderful shots to show you all via the website.  Wish me luck!

An update on the “Fireground Action Photography” podcast…

I’ve finally recorded Episode ’00’ which will serve as the introductory episode.  After I complete a few full episodes I’ll go ahead and officially launch the podcast on the web.  More on that later…right now I have to go find some more camera batteries and bug spray…

http://www.craigdurling.com

http://www.firegroundaction.com

July 16, 2008 Posted by | Photography, Podcasting, visual arts | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to the CDDM weblog!

I want to welcome everyone to the newly created weblog for Craig Durling Distinctive Media (CDDM).  My website address is http://www.craigdurling.com.  Please visit frequently as new photos and other content are added often.  I will also be producing an internet radio show (podcast) in the near future.  Although we will focus on photography, there will be an emphasis on Fire and Emergency Services Photography.  Along with regular guests, I will be discussing all aspects of Fire and Emergency Services Photography including technique, scene safety and getting your Emergency Services photographs published.  We will also focus on the “art” of Emergency Services Photography.  I hope to hear from you and please check out the website for updates.  Thanks!

http://www.craigdurling.com

http://www.firegroundaction.com

-Craig

July 7, 2008 Posted by | Photography, visual arts | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment