Neshaminy Defeated Central Bucks South In Overtime 21-14 At Warrington

In overtime on Friday, Neshaminy defeated Central Bucks South 21-14 at South in Warrington to move to 6-1 on the season while Central Bucks South drops to 5-2.


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What Makes A Good Headshot?

Next time you or someone you know needs a new headshot, take the time to ask yourself, “what makes a good headshot?”
To me, and I’ve been working as a professional photojournalist for over thirty years, a good headshot needs three things.

1: Good light (light that shows 3 dimensionality of the subject)

 (William Thomas Cain)

(Above – Studio headshot with grey backdrop and highlight on back of head)

2: Good face (it should show who you are and your face needs to fill a good portion of the frame)

Jennifer Robles is photographed Wednesday December 14, 2016 in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – Outdoor headshot with background out of focus)

3: No hands (no hands in face. hands are a distraction that take away light from the face)

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 20: Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry poses for photos at the Four Seasons Hotel March 20, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Berry was in Philadelphia for a showing of her new film "Perfect Stranger." (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images for the Boston Globe) (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

(Above – Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry in front of tan wall)

This are three basic rules of thumb. Another factor that needs to be thought about is, what image are you trying to portray in your headshot? Is it for business, acting, modeling, etc.??

 (William Thomas Cain)

(Above – Studio headshot on Grey Backdrop with no highlight on head)

Your headshot should portray what you need it to for whatever the ultimate usage.

Most times what I see that photographers tend to provide for clients is not a true headshot, but a nice portrait. That’s all well and good, but if it doesn’t suit your purpose, it is useless.

REHOBOTH BEACH, DE - JANUARY 25: Deborah Sharp who survived a five day ordeal in which she was raped and kidnapped in 1998, poses for a photo January 25, 2006 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images) (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

(Above – Portrait in home)

In my last year working as a staffer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, I worked on the picture desk for a time. In that time, I had many business portraits come though the desk for profiles or news blurbs of people ‘s comings and goings from companies. I’ve seen them all. Nice simple images with a solid grey background to outrageously lit (overlit) headshot with a background of all different colors, cloud backgrounds and lots off what says they are not to be taken seriously. Many of the worst looked like high school portraits. Trust me, you don’t want that.

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 13: Heather Kumor Photographed by William Thomas Cain/cainimages.com for Fox Rothschild) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – Studio portrait on white backdrop – 3/4 length for client website in which the 3/4 view was requested)

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 13: Heather Kumor Photographed by William Thomas Cain/cainimages.com for Fox Rothschild) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – Studio portrait on white backdrop – full length for client website in which the full length view was requested)

That said. Here are my thoughts on what makes a good headshot for various uses.

I believe that a serious business headshot should generally have the subject fill the frame in a diagonal pose, with their face towards the camera. Hands should not be anywhere near the face and mostly be at your side or folder in front of you and never be part of the composition. And, a grey backdrop is appropriate. A cloud or various color backdrop is highly inappropriate for any kind of business headshot. If you ever go to a photographer that offers you that, run. By all means run like there is no tomorrow. That will not help you to be taken seriously in business.

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 9: Professor Jeremy J. Siegel (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Black Star) (William Thomas Cain/Black Star)

(Above – Headshot with more dramatic light on burgundy backdrop as per client request)

A more casual business portrait can be made outside, in a shaded area and either lit by available light or strobes (that means flash). Positioning should be the same as a serious business portrait, but in a nice outdoor setting.

5/13/11 12:53:17 PM -- NEW HOPE, PA. -- Veronica Haggerty -- Photo by William Thomas Cain/cainimages.com (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – more casual headshot outdoors with available light)

I believe that an acting or modeling headshot should have the same good solid light in the subjects face. Maybe not as three dimensional, but more frontal lighting. Maybe the composition should be slightly more diagonal.

One of the things that many people mistake for a headshot is an image that is more apporopr=iately used asa  portrait. A portrait generally shows more of an upper torso type of image which can or can not include hands. Generally, I always prefer that people rarely place their hands up to their face as the light tends to land on the hands and become a distracting plane in the image.

In the past when I was casting for a photo shoot, I would ask models for headshot. You would not believe how many models think a headshot is a three quarter length image or even worse yet, a full length photograph. I probably don’t need to tell you that those were the first ones tossed in the can because they couldn’t follow directions.  So, when someone asks you for a headshot, please, please, please, make sure that is what you provide. And make damn sure that your photographer can provide what you need to put your best foot forward, whether for business or modeling and acting. If you feel they can’t, move on to a photographer that can do it. Correctly.

4/26/11 2:39:27 PM -- Blue Bell, Pa. -- Fox Rothschild Attorney Jennifer L. Schwartz at work in the Blue Bell, Pa. office April 26, 2011. -- Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images for Fox Rothschild. (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – In office on location portrait with studio lighting)

When I do a headshot for anyone, the first thing I ask is what is their end goal? What do they want to headshot to show? How would they want to be portrayed? Once I have an idea, we can then plan on wardrobe. I always suggest keeping things simple. In many cases dark earthy colors tend to work best. Stay away from any kind of patterns. That might take away from your face.

Dr. Aakash Shah poses for a photograph outside Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images for Ursinus College) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – Outdoor portrait lit with a portable strobe and backlit from the sun – the key here was to have the background in shade to make it recede in space)

The way we’ll set up headshot shoots is either individually or have a headshot day where we’ll block out a four hour time slot at a company and they’ll have 8-10 people set up a time for pictures. We actually just did a few headshot shoots over 7 hours where we were able to shoot 35 and 45 respectively.
This is done by bringing my mobile studio on location. It’s pretty simple. Lights, reflectors and a stool. People.

Each of the shoots takes maybe 15 minutes. The subject them will receive a link to a gallery of images for them to choose their favorite. In some cases we’ve actually had them choose the image they prefer on location by providing a laptop and showing  the images as we shoot live.

Next time you have to get a  headshot, think of some of the suggestions I’ve made here. The most important thing is to keep it simple. Show your best self and your headshot will be golden.

 (William Thomas Cain)

(Above – Just for fun – Portrait of dogs outdoors)

Baseball, Baseball and more Baseball….

Over the last few days I’ve photographed a few baseball games. It’s actually one of my favorite sports to photograph. Mainly, because of the love I had playing the game in my early 20’s. Although, I pretty much rode the bench, except for that one time….

Picture it: 1987. I’m at the plate. First at bat ever in organized baseball. Take a called strike. Then take another. Count is zero balls and two strikes. And just before the next pitch, the umpire calls the game due to darkness. And that was that. Never played again. It took me a year to make the team, and finally got a shot and it was gone like that.

Anyhow back to shooting. Here is some video and stills from the past weekend. Slide shows and videos.

It Was A Heck Of A Week

What a week. I had spent Monday and Wednesday photographing vigils for victims of the Orlando massacre. There I saw people come together. Tears were shed, words of comfort spoken and old friends reconnected. You could feel the raw emotion in the air. Four hundred plus at one vigil and 30 plus crammed into a small corner of an intersection. They wanted to get the message out that they will not stand for gun violence any longer and that they stand with the people of Orlando. Very touching. Very emotional. And very tough to photograph.

Christine Martucci, left, and Barbara Young-Martucci of Frenchtown, New Jersey reflect as names of victims are read during a candlelight vigil in support of the victims of the Orlando massacre Monday, June 13, 2016 in New Hope, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Christine Martucci, left, and Barbara Young-Martucci of Frenchtown, New Jersey reflect as names of victims are read during a candlelight vigil in support of the victims of the Orlando massacre Monday, June 13, 2016 in New Hope, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Over 400 people attended the candlelight vigil in support of the victims of the Orlando massacre Monday, June 13, 2016 in New Hope, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Over 400 people attended the candlelight vigil in support of the victims of the Orlando massacre Monday, June 13, 2016 in New Hope, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

An unidentified man holds a sign which read, "New Hope Loves Orlando" during a candlelight vigil in support of the victims of the Orlando massacre Monday, June 13, 2016 in New Hope, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

An unidentified man holds a sign which read, “New Hope Loves Orlando” during a candlelight vigil in support of the victims of the Orlando massacre Monday, June 13, 2016 in New Hope, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

during a candlelight vigil in support of the victims of the Orlando massacre Monday, June 13, 2016 in New Hope, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Sarah Grissell, right, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania and a group of supporters of the victims of the Orlando massacre hold signs at Pine and Maple Avenues Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Sarah Grissell, right, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania and a group of supporters of the victims of the Orlando massacre hold signs at Pine and Maple Avenues Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

The names of the victims are seen on a sheet of paper as they are read during a vigil in support of the victims of the Orlando massacre Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

The names of the victims are seen on a sheet of paper as they are read during a vigil in support of the victims of the Orlando massacre Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

On Sunday I had photographed a flag day ceremony as well as the engagement session with a lovely couple in Wilmington, Delaware.

Motorcyclists arrive in the background for a ceremony for which the Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans planted 65,000 flags at the Falls Township Community Park to honor the servicemen and servicewomen killed in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. The display is to mark Flag Day, which is June 14. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Motorcyclists arrive in the background for a ceremony for which the Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans planted 65,000 flags at the Falls Township Community Park to honor the servicemen and servicewomen killed in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. The display is to mark Flag Day, which is June 14. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Also had the chance to photograph a baseball game of a league where, when I played ball, I had my infamous at bat.

Upper Moreland's Jack Seibert makes it back to first base as Northampton first baseman Joe Opalka waits for a throw in the second inning Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Upper Moreland’s Jack Seibert makes it back to first base as Northampton first baseman Joe Opalka waits for a throw in the second inning Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Northampton catcher Jack Seibert tags out Upper Moreland's AJ Shapiro in the fourth inning Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Northampton catcher Jack Seibert tags out Upper Moreland’s AJ Shapiro in the fourth inning Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Northampton's Kyle Marshall #19 is congratulated after scoring a run by Justin Forktus in the fifth inning Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Northampton’s Kyle Marshall #19 is congratulated after scoring a run by Justin Forktus in the fifth inning Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Upper Moreland's Brandon Kohn #25 throws a pitch against Northampton in the first inning Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Upper Moreland’s Brandon Kohn #25 throws a pitch against Northampton in the first inning Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain)

Picture this: 1986. I’m at bat. First at bat ever in organized baseball. I take the first two pitches and then, before the third pitch, the umpire says, “That’s it! Game called due to darkness!” Mother F’er!! I thought. And that was that. Lost interest in baseball about a week later when I found photography interested me 1000% more.

Basketball, Basketball and More Basketball ….It’s Championship Weekend

I spent last Friday and Saturday in Hershey at the Giant Center photographing PIAA Championship basketball games. On Friday for the Inquirer and Saturday for the Intelligencer. Lots of great action, joyful moments and also, sad moments. Overall fun time making the pictures though. I had a system in place, shoot the first half, transmit pictures then shoot a bit more in the fourth and then make pictures of the jubilation or dejection, depending upon how the teams I was covering fared. In three of the five games I photographed, the team from southeastern Pennsylvania won the state championship in their class.

It was a great photographic weekend. 🙂

See some of the images below.

From left, Archbishop Wood's Claire Bassetti, Bailey Greenberg, Erin Morgan and Emma Stanfield celebrate after defeating Villa Maria to win the girls basketball PIAA Class AAA state championship Saturday March 19, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania (Photo By William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

From left, Archbishop Wood’s Claire Bassetti, Bailey Greenberg, Erin Morgan and Emma Stanfield celebrate after defeating Villa Maria to win the girls basketball PIAA Class AAA state championship Saturday March 19, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania (Photo By William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

Archbishop Wood celebrates after defeating Villa Maria to win the girls basketball PIAA Class AAA state championship Saturday March 19, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania (Photo By William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

Archbishop Wood celebrates after defeating Villa Maria to win the girls basketball PIAA Class AAA state championship Saturday March 19, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania (Photo By William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

From left, Archbishop Wood's Meg Neher #34 and Claire Bassetti #44 carry the championship trophy off the court as they celebrate after defeating Villa Maria to win the girls basketball PIAA Class AAA state championship Saturday March 19, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania (Photo By William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

From left, Archbishop Wood’s Meg Neher #34 and Claire Bassetti #44 carry the championship trophy off the court as they celebrate after defeating Villa Maria to win the girls basketball PIAA Class AAA state championship Saturday March 19, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania (Photo By William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SBNEUM19P Neumann-Goretti's Vaughn Covington and Mike Milsip and their teammates celebrate after defeating Mars 99-66 to win the boys basketball PIAA Class AAA state championship Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SBNEUM19P Neumann-Goretti’s Vaughn Covington and Mike Milsip and their teammates celebrate after defeating Mars 99-66 to win the boys basketball PIAA Class AAA state championship Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SBNEUM19P Neumann-Goretti's Quade Green makes a layup as Mars Christian Schmitt #23 defends in the first quarter of the boys basketball PIAA Class AAA state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SBNEUM19P Neumann-Goretti’s Quade Green makes a layup as Mars Christian Schmitt #23 defends in the first quarter of the boys basketball PIAA Class AAA state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SBNEUM19P Neumann-Goretti's Vaughn Covington #0 dribbles up court after stealing the ball from Mars Sam Morrissey #13 in the second quarter of the boys basketball PIAA Class AAA state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SBNEUM19P Neumann-Goretti’s Vaughn Covington #0 dribbles up court after stealing the ball from Mars Sam Morrissey #13 in the second quarter of the boys basketball PIAA Class AAA state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SGNEUM19P Neumann-Goretti team members hold the trophy in the air after defeating North Star to win the girls basketball PIAA Class AA state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SGNEUM19P Neumann-Goretti team members hold the trophy in the air after defeating North Star to win the girls basketball PIAA Class AA state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SGNEUM19P Neumann-Goretti's Jada Russell #22 attempts to block a pass by North Star's Courtney Schlock #5 in the fourth quarter of the girls basketball PIAA Class AA state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SGNEUM19P Neumann-Goretti’s Jada Russell #22 attempts to block a pass by North Star’s Courtney Schlock #5 in the fourth quarter of the girls basketball PIAA Class AA state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SMATH19P Kennedy Catholic's Sagaba Konate #50 lands on top of Math, Civics and Sciences Malik Archer #3 in the first quarter of the boys basketball PIAA Class A state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SMATH19P Kennedy Catholic’s Sagaba Konate #50 lands on top of Math, Civics and Sciences Malik Archer #3 in the first quarter of the boys basketball PIAA Class A state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SMATH19P Math, Civics and Sciences players dejectedly sit on the bench in the last seconds of the fourth quarter against Kennedy Catholic in the boys basketball PIAA Class A state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Kennedy Catholic defeated Math, Civics and Sciences 71-60 to win the PIAA Class A championship. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SMATH19P Math, Civics and Sciences players dejectedly sit on the bench in the last seconds of the fourth quarter against Kennedy Catholic in the boys basketball PIAA Class A state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Kennedy Catholic defeated Math, Civics and Sciences 71-60 to win the PIAA Class A championship. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SOHARA19P Cumberland Valley's Morgan Baughman #24 grabs a rebound as Cardinal O’Hara's Mary Sheehan #13 and Mackenzie Gardler #14 defend in the second quarter of the girls basketball PIAA Class AAAA state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SOHARA19P Cumberland Valley’s Morgan Baughman #24 grabs a rebound as Cardinal O’Hara’s Mary Sheehan #13 and Mackenzie Gardler #14 defend in the second quarter of the girls basketball PIAA Class AAAA state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SOHARA19P From left, Cardinal O’Hara's Lauren Leicht, Bridgette Hoy, Kristen Denoncour and Maura Hendrixson sit on the bench in the last seconds of the fourth quarter as they lose to Cumberland Valley in the girls basketball PIAA Class AAAA state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Cumberland Valley defeated Cardinal O'Hara to win the PIAA Class AAAA state championship. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

SOHARA19P From left, Cardinal O’Hara’s Lauren Leicht, Bridgette Hoy, Kristen Denoncour and Maura Hendrixson sit on the bench in the last seconds of the fourth quarter as they lose to Cumberland Valley in the girls basketball PIAA Class AAAA state championship game Friday March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Cumberland Valley defeated Cardinal O’Hara to win the PIAA Class AAAA state championship. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN/For The Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

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Two Days, Two States, Six Assignments….

Friday and Saturday I was in two states and shot six assignments. Sunday seems like payday with all of the clips to share today. One assignment didn’t run yet, but will be published next Sunday.

Here they are. Clips from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Bucks County Courier Times, The Intelligencer and The Burlington County Times.
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Working Without Power On Deadline or Generating Pictures


Wednesday night I photographed a wrestling tournament in Robbinsville, New Jersey for the Burlington County Times. It wasn’t too far from home, so, I decided to leave my laptop at home because there was plenty of time to get there, come back and transmit to the newspaper’s office for layout.

After I finished shooting, I gathered my gear and headed towards the exit and saw people huddled around the door waiting out a torrential downpour. Not good. I shoved my gear under my coat and ran to the car. Made it. not too wet.

Drive home, slowly through the heavy rain. About three miles from home I get away from the rain. My thinking at this point was, “Yeah!!! No more rain.”
Then my wife calls and I thought we may have been flooded. She said no, that wasn’t the case, but there was no power. Great!!

So, I arrive home. Not sure when the power was coming back on I was about to pack up my laptop, in the dark, and head to Starbucks to transmit. Then I remembered, we have a generator. It was still on the back patio because we had set it up in case the ice and snow from a few weeks ago caused a power outage.
I went outside, used my iPhone 6+ as a light source, found the switches and started up that baby. Ok. so, now it’s running. Need to get power cord from there into the house. I did that, but not before getting the cable hooked on a tree and yanking it, thus smacking myself in the face with the end of the cord. Ouch!! Blood. No time to worry. Keep moving.

Once the cord was in the house, I found alight, unplugged from the wall, and plugged into the generator. Now we have light!!!
Next. Get power to the laptop. Found a power strip. Added that to the chain. No laptop is good. Oh no, how can I transmit? No wifi. But yes. I do have wifi. My iPhone 6+ serves as a hotspot. Sweeeeeettt!! Plug that in for power. I am then all set.

Dropped the SD cards into the Macbook Pro. Downloaded. Edited in Photoshop, Photo Mechanic. Pix moved to the office. I had to make sure that I saved the images high enough resolution, but compressed enough to not lose clarity. Save at quality 8 at 300 dpi 8×10. Pix sailed through the phone.

Now for the video. I thought that might be trickier, but I made sure that my video report was 44 seconds so i could save it small. Worked like a charm.
Moved the video, checked in, all was good. Now, I was done.

After I finished. I unplugged everything and then hooked up the fridge, bose and our SiriusXM radio. Had to have food, drink and music while waiting for the power to return. 🙂

I feel asleep, and eventually, at 12:40 AM, I was awoken by all the lights in the house going on. When the power goes out, people generally open every switch in the house like that is going to turn the power back on. All that does is freak you out in the middle of the night an the power comes on. Boy how brightly awake I was.

Looking back today, I realized that generator is wonderfully fabulous!!!!

TriRock Philadelphia Day Two

Sunday was the TriRock Philadelphia Day Two.

Triathlete Andy Potts exits the Schuylkill River in second place.


Triathlete Cameron Dye crosses the finish line after winning the 2013 TriRock Philadelphia.

Triathletes Cameron Dye and Andy Potts share a laugh after Dye won the 2013 TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon.

A triathlete transitions from bike to run along Martin Luther King Drive.

Full galleries available @ http://cainimages.photoshelter.com/gallery/TriRock-Philadelphia-Day-Two-2013/G0000oFxSUCy7p0M/C0000m_j5f1V4q9E


Archive stuff….

While going through my archives I found a calendar cover that I shot of Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson while he was a senior at Penn State in 2006. The cover was originally part of the Guys and Girls of Happy Valley calendar I worked on. About three months before publication, the publishers decided to change the name of the calendar to the Happy Valley Glitterati Guys and Girls.

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Another image I found was my Carnie Wilson photograph in which she holds up a photo of herself before having surgery to help her lose weight. I spent the afternoon with Carnie and her husband Rob at their home in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. They couldn’t have been kinder or more accommodating. The feature was published in Star magazine a few days later.

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Danskin Triathlon

For the first time since I started photographing the Danskin Triathlon (formerly the SheRoxTri), the event was postponed due to thunderstorms. As I was exiting the event, I turned to make some images showing the participants and spectators as they walking in the drenching rain.
Two athletes actually wanted to pose as the thunder roared in the background. My camera bag and vest are still not 100% dry. 🙁

Spectators and participants in the Danskin Women's Triathlon exit the event after thunderstorms caused it's cancellation Sunday August 2, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Spectators and participants in the Danskin Women's Triathlon exit the event after thunderstorms caused it's cancellation Sunday August 2, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.