Broadcasting from my iPhone!

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Lately, a number of my friends and clients have been Skyping me. It has been helpful to be able to share photos and design ideas from our computer screens, plus it’s just more enjoyable to see people rather than just talking on the telephone. One friend and I have been using Apple’s Facetime lately. I actually prefer it in some ways. It is easier to use and the connection seems to have less problems. But having to hold the iPhone is awkward or leaning it against the computer screen creates an unflattering angle shooting up my nostrils. I am a photographer, after all. And even my personal communications should be professionally executed.

Yesterday, I looked around the office and located a tabletop tripod and pulled a little iPhone tripod clip from my camera bag. Instant studio!

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Now I can create a visually acceptable studio look for my communications. And mounting the phone on the stand makes texting, checking the weather, and using other apps easier. And when the phone rings, it’s right here!  Inexpensive camera stands are available, like Monkey Camera Tripods and Smartphone Tripod Mounts.

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Ah, technology! How did we live without it?

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Click Captures #1

Welcome to a new service of Click! I will be sharing photos, videos, and articles that I think are of value to my customers, associates, and friends. This first video is from Chase Jarvis, a respected photographer and entrepreneur. I found it both entertaining and inspirational.

You can read the article and see the featured video here.

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Fireworks in my Backyard

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I love to photograph fireworks! Celebrating the nation’s birthday wouldn’t be the same without this regular practice.

But this year was different.
(1) A new location – I wasn’t sure what angle would be best.
(2) Where to park? With baseball Uptown, parking would be a premium.
(3) How could I avoid the crowds? Especially around the new baseball stadium.

Even early in the afternoon I was still thinking I would go.

That’s when I grabbed my camera and a micro lens and ventured to the Coneflower patch. After a lengthy time shooting Echinacea, I had captured my own fireworks display.

Enjoy!

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Spectacular!

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Breathtaking!

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What a show!

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Look at those colors!

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And now for the finale!

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Copyright 2014 Jim Lockman/Click!

Hosta la vista, my deer!

Well, I hope you can feel my pain.

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With all the rain we’ve had recently, my yard was getting quite lush. Never mind the fact that I haven’t had extra money for plants this year, but the Hostas were looking really fine.

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Then Bambi and his friends decided to visit Le Vive Lockman for some early morning delicacies. Before I could recover from the first secret sampling, they had returned to finish off the dainty morsels of beauty.

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You say, “They’re so darn cute!”

I say, “the next time you hear me talking about ‘target’, I’m not talking about some new shorts and flip-flops!”

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Thanks to Linda for showing what my Hostas should look like!

copyright 2014 Jim Lockman/Click!

A Mama’s Photographic Touch

I’m always a little overwhelmed when I see my daughter’s photos of my grandchildren. Arden is quite the accomplished photographer. With great ideas for staging and props, Arden makes the art of capturing special moments of her children look effortless. With limited equipment in her arsenal and little free time to develop her skills, Arden has a keen eye for detail and manages to create images which are technically sound. Many of her images would win prizes in competition and demonstrate the love and affection she has for her kiddos.

That said, a father couldn’t be prouder of her creative work and a photographer could be jealous.

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copyright 2014 Arden Cagle

The Grandson Continues

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Little Nolan continues to exhibit his bright-eyed attitude about life. I don’t remember his sisters being so wide awake and alert in less than a week. Now, if he could actually see clearly, our communication could reach a new dimension. Well, it could be scary!

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Copyright 2014 Jim Lockman/Click!

Grandson Meets Grandson

CLK_5360Brenden Lockman with his new cousin, Nolan Cagle

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Brenden had his first encounter with his new cousin, Nolan, yesterday. He seemed quite tickled to hold this little baby. They will grow up to be great pals.

Brenden James is Philip’s son and shares my name. Nolan Matthew belongs to Arden and shares his dad’s name. There is something special about carrying on the family name. Brenden and my brother’s son, Benjamin are carrying the Lockman name to the next generation, just as Nolan will carry the Cagle name forward.

Being the oldest cousin is special and Brenden will become a great role model. His tender heart and zest for life are early indications of the kind of man he will be and the close friend he will be to his cousin.

Watching the grandchildren grow up and form bonds of love is a privilege for Barbara and I. What a blessing to see such fruit in the lives of our children.

All photographs copyright 2014 Jim Lockman/Click!

Sisters Meet Their New Brother

My daughter, Arden, had her third child this morning. Finally, she had a boy. Well, I’ve got to say the two girls that arrived previously are the apples of my eye. They love their “Poppie” and quite frankly it’s more than reciprocal for me. These two are smart and beautiful, and they love life and their family immensely. We thought she might have another girl. With two wonderful girls already, we knew it would be great. But there was always a curiosity about having a son. The girls just assumed their sibling would be a girl and made that their preference.

Continuing the tradition of letting God surprise with the gender, Arden, Matt, and the girls walked through nine months together in anticipation.

Finally, today arrived. Nolan was born. And the sister who was the most apprehensive about this new addition, climbed on her mother and exclaimed, “Mommy, the baby is a brother!”

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All photographs copyright 2014 Jim Lockman/Click!