Stem Cell Donation

Photographing A Stem Cell Donation

photo of stem cell donorAs a photographer I travel most of my life and capture time through the lens of my camera. I travel with many cameras, that each have a purpose, that each tell a story. When I am outdoors I have my trusty outdoor camera, lens, and tripod. When I am indoors, I have a camera and accessories for that. When there is a moment to capture and I am not prepared I have my cell phone camera that I often use to capture spontaneous events that arise in everyday life. My preference is to capture nature in it’s raw, pure, form. Nature is unforgiving, it can be brutal out there, animals kill to survive and Mother Nature has no feelings towards the human race. I have friends that have documented wars, there are currently photographers in Syria that are capturing the terrible events that are plaguing the region. Sadly, I have no interest in that. It hurts my heart that humans treat each other like they do. Life is so short and so precious, yet we waste it away on nonsense, focused on things that are not important and have no relevance beyond the simple minds that hold them close. I was reading an article the other day about an eight year old  Muslim girl that was raped and murdered by another group in India that wasn’t of the same religion. It is such a sad world, that these events truly bring tears to my eyes. This is one of the many reasons why I have decided not to photograph people and events, but instead focus on nature, wildlife, and landscapes. That has been the case for 25 + years, until the other day while in California I ran into a a young man that was about to have a stem cell transplant because he found an exact match donor. I wanted to photograph the extraction of the stem cells but was unable to gain clearance into the medical facility. The next best thing I could photograph was the look on the stem cell donors face when he came out of surgery. It was a true moment of human kindness, to become a stem cell donor isn’t a quick simple process. It’s inconvenient, takes time, hurts, and isn’t something that you are rewarded for financially. However, the rewards of saving a life exceed any financial reward one could receive. The event was a heart touching event that brought tears to my eyes, watching another human being so compassionate towards someone in need. It gave me hope that as a human race we are not totally lost, but there are still good people out there that are willing to put themselves out for others. While talking with the young man about becoming a stem cell donor I wanted to learn more about the process, and how I could possible offer my stem cells to someone in need. Stem cells are like blood types, you need an exact match for the transplant to be successful. Therefore, there is a constant need for donors to register and give to those in need. He turned me on to the Gift of Life Stem Cell Donor Registry in Florida, it’s a place where you can register to become a stem cell donor. They will send out a swabbing kit for you to swab your mouth and send the kit back. With the swab, they can pair you with an exact match donor. You can literally become a hero by saving the life of another human. This has changed my life, changed how I view the world, and has inspired me to photograph more instances of human kindness. I don’t need to photograph war torn countries, or natural disasters to catch glimpses of history through the lens of my camera. There are glimpses of history passing me by every day that are extreme acts of kindness that could be captured through the lens of a camera. The problem is that there is no money in that for a photographer, it is the sad and honest truth. Disaster sells, pictures of smiling people who are donating stem cells do not sell. That is the world we live in, but I am going to do my best to capture those moments of kindness and happiness for the world to see. People need to know that there are heroes out there besides our brave troops in uniform. There are other heroes out there saving lives everyday, fighting their own wars, and surviving the impossible. If you are touched by the idea of saving the life of another human and would like to make a stem cell donation you can visit to learn more about becoming a stem cell donor.

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Phoenix Pest Infestations

Capturing Images of Infested Regions of The Southwest

arizona roachesArizona is known for it’s rough desert landscape and capturing images of the wildlife as they go about their daily routines in the desert is a site to see. I have been photographing nature for a few decades now and there is almost nothing more interesting than photographing infestations. I have been in attics with bat infestations that numbered in the hundreds, seen rat infestations that have filled barnyards, and bee infestations that have placed thousands of buzzing bees in the walls of a residential structure. No matter the insect, no matter the rodent, infestations are an amazing site to behold and if you are lucky enough you can photograph them before they move on to another location or before they get removed.

Being in this industry for as long as I have you learn a lot of tricks to help you get in front of the landscape or scene you want to photograph. Finding locals to take you to that hidden waterfall, or to that pristine landscape can make all the difference in the world. When I set out into the Arizona desert to find abandoned mining towns and structures that may have fell victim to one of natures marvelous infestations I decided to reach out to a local pest control company in Phoenix for advise on finding the perfect infestation. Scorpions, spiders, snakes, rats, roaches, I really didn’t care what it was, I just wanted to find an infested piece of land and photograph for a few hours. I was hoping the pest control company may have had a job on the books that I could have photographed prior to them removing the infestation, but there was no such luck. They were able to give me some good advice that was specific to each insect and rodent that was native to Arizona.

There were some interesting tips on how scorpions nested and where I might find an infestation of them. arizona scorpionRattlesnakes typically don’t infest areas of land but rather roam free, however there were suggestions about rocky landscapes where I might find an abundance of rattlers and other sun-loving reptiles. The old mining towns of Kearney, and Jerome offer some great abandoned properties to photograph that had small infestations of rodents.

We eventually ventured downtown Phoenix near the old Union Station where there was an abundance of opportunity for infestations. As I took a closer look through the lens of my camera I did notice that there were cockroaches on just about everything that was lining the drainage ditch. The drainage ditch provides plenty of moisture and collects enough garbage to create a feeding frenzy for both roaches and rats. Although I didn’t see any rats, the conditions were perfect for them. The roach infestation was real though, and we have some wonderful images to share with you showcasing what we found.

We hope you enjoy this piece of Photographing The West and hope you return soon to see our new projects and artistic photographs.

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The nature photography of John Fielder

The nature photography of John Fielder

His masterful images capture the timeless majesty of Colorado’s landscape, but John Fielder also hopes his photographs will help stir others to protect the awesome splendor of his state

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NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY in DENMARK | VLOG from a beautiful day with my camera in the local forest

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY in DENMARK | VLOG from a beautiful day with my camera in the local forest

I am in the local woodland doing landscape photography and trying to photograph the beautiful scenery created by the newly fallen snow.
Even though the Landscape this day is amazing, nature photography is a challenge because there are so many beautiful images to capture.

I have just spent a lot of time in the Norwegian mountains doing wildlife and landscape photography and it feels great to be back. Despite the abundance of the amazing wildlife in Norway, which is relatively easy to find and photograph, there is something really nice about being in a very familiar forest very near to where I live in Denmark.

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In this episode I am using my main Nikon camera and my Tamron telephoto zoom lens.
The 4K behind the scenes vlog is recorded on my Panasonic GH5 with the Leica 12mm.
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The temperature dropped to below zero degrees celsius and suddenly it started to snow. I only had few hours left of the day but decided to go to the local forest to do some landscape photography and to make some b-roll and maybe a behind the scenes vlog.

It is always a challenge to get out from the warm living room and directly into the forest with so many beautiful subjects to photograph, but after a little time, I could feel how the mind and body relaxed and then I started to get good photos.

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My name is Morten Hilmer and I work as a professional nature and wildlife photographer. In a series of short 4K videos I will share my fascination of nature with you and invite you behind the scene when I am out photographing the fascinating wildlife, the stunning landscapes and the wild nature. I work as a ILCP photographer, and nature conservation is very close to my heart.

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Beside the many publications, my photographs have been awarded in the Wildlife photographer of the year and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year photo competitions.

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Blackmount Landscape Photography Expedition – The Loop of Achlaise

Blackmount Landscape Photography Expedition – The Loop of Achlaise

Blackmount Landscape Photography Expedition – The Loop of Achlaise

A demanding hike that takes in part of The West Highland Way, Rannoch Moor and the four summits that surround Lochan na h-Achlaise.

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Landscape Photography: DAYLIGHT Photography TIPS

Landscape Photography: DAYLIGHT Photography TIPS

In this video I show you how I create, what I believe to be, an interesting photo in the middle of the day with bright sun above me 🙂

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Canon 70-200mm F4 IS USM L
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Canon 85mm F1.8
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Nature Photography – Wetland Bird Shoot – My Local Patch

Nature Photography – Wetland Bird Shoot – My Local Patch

In this video I nip just around the corner to Longton Brickcroft in Lancashire to my local patch to photograph wetland birds. With only a little bit of spare time on a Saturday morning, what better way is there to put that time to good use than to chill out with the camera at a local nature reserve in the morning sunshine.

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Photo Of The Day By Kevin Cass

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Lawn Dart” by Kevin Cass.
Photo By Kevin Cass

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Lawn Dart” by Kevin Cass.

“Jack Pilot performs a Lawn Dart off an 80-foot rock in Grand Targhee Backcountry on a sunny winter morning,” describes Cass.

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Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS + TRICKS | 50mm natural light outdoor session

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS + TRICKS | 50mm natural light outdoor session

skip to the end to watch the q&a! OPEN FOR LINKS + DETAILS! follow along on our outdoor spring session. i’m really happy with the reaction from my first photography video. i hope this helps u! ily.

shooting with: 50mm f/1.4 + canon 5d mark ii

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There are not many other animals as productive as sheep. They give us wool, milk, meat. Their memoirs are usually short. The pool of names is repeated every two years on our farm. We have already had two Queens, three Theos and four Fables.

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How to Shooting Natural Light Outdoor Photos | Photography Tips

How to Shooting Natural Light Outdoor Photos | Photography Tips

Hey y’all! In this video I do a quick outdoor shoot with my husband 🙂 I share my setting and locations. PS Dave just booked a huge movie with Selma Blair, Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon, and more awesome actors! Im really really proud of him! This is a huge deal! The movie is called “Mother’s Day” they are filming now I will keep you posted when it comes out! His insta is… if you want to follow him 🙂

Also the photos in this video show up a really strange color we tried to fix it but its off. I will be posting the photos on my blog if you want to check them out

PLUS check out this video of me shooting blogger Devon Rachel a while ago with more natural light tips. here

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