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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

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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