Get out and shoot - Location scouting

There are some times when you just need to get out and shoot. It's that feeling that you have to take a photo. Last Saturday I was bored (boredom = elevated levels of creativity) so I got in my car, filled up with gas, and drove about 150 miles to do some location scouting. I wanted to find some gritty/industrial looking locations for a few shoots I am planning and these photos are just a  few from the day.  

Finally headed home.....


A couple of nights ago I was teaching a friend about photography and as part of the lesson we actually started taking photos of her neighbor. I was trying to teach my friend Daniela about lens flare (how to make it, how it changed with different lenses, blah blah blah) but since it was night time and no sun (easiest way ever to get flare) we had to create our own flare. Enter my car. We went out on her street and parked my car behind Andrea and presto we had flare. Fast easy and effective.....

Egypt - Part 3 - Trip to Luxor, Land of the Kings and Queens

As a side trip from Cairo we went south to Luxor, Land of the Kings Queens and all that other good stuff. Aside from all the joy of seeing tombs that are thousands of years old, the fun part of Luxor was the Luxor Temple and the Temples at Karnak. Think The Ten Commandments in person. It is a understatement to say that these temples are big/large/huge/gigantic/InsertLargeAdjectiveHere.  When you walk into it you look all directions and see massive pillars. MASSIVE. There extend in 16 rows, 134 pillars in total. I would have hated to have been the slave that had the 'privilege' of building the temple. So here are tonights photos.... 

 These days everyone is a photographer........


Where in the world is Steve Hebert?

They say one of the most important parts of blogging is consistency. Over the summer I have failed at this. In 2010 I was on the road for 2 months, 3 1/2 weeks. I thought that was pretty tough and, foolishly, thought that this summer might be a little calmer. In the past 45 days I have flown 25,232 miles. If the flights had been arranged a little differently I could have flown around the earth at the equator. I feel much like Phileas Fogg from the Old Movie Around the World in 80 Days. Now for the good part: where I have been.... 
[Each of these will be getting it's own post soon] 

Also included in my trips were day trips to Amsterdam and London. It has been a very busy month and a half. Blogging should return to normal tomorrow.... Ciao!

Germany III - Trip to Sylt

Part of our trip is being spent on the island of Sylt (said: Zylt). Sylt is the fourth largest German island, but surprisingly, access to the island is somewhat restricted. There are three ways to get on the island: a passenger train, a ferry, or a car train. [there is also an airstip, but most of you likely do not have your own jet, sooo....] The weather is incredibly pleasant on the island, current temperature is 59F (for a Texas boy, this is verging on harsh winter). So to get to Sylt we took the car train. Interesting experience, you just drive your car right on and off you go. 

Traveling through the German countryside has been wonderful. I have so enjoyed seeing some of the small German towns. Surprisingly, in the country there are quite a few wind and solar farms. Very snazzy stuff. So here are some photos from the day! Much more to come......

 one of the 'sights' I saw was this SLS AMG, one of my many dream cars

This is one of the many lighthouses on the island. I am hoping to get to photograph some (or most) of the remaining houses.....

 And just in case you were wondering, Elvis is on the island of Sylt. Go say hi.....

Germany Part II - Lübeck

As you can probably tell from my last post, I am in Germany at the moment. If you know me or have followed my blog/Facebook/Twitter for very long, you will know that I love to travel, and have the opportunity to travel quite a bit. I have traveled many places, and seen many things in the past few years. Likely the most interesting (to me) thing I've seen so far has been churches. Huge churches. 

I knew they had big churches, cathedrals even, but I was not prepared for just how massive these structures are. It is mind blowing to stand in a church that took more than 600 years to build -not 600 years old- a building that was 600 years in the making. One of the churches we visited in Lübeck was St. Mary's. 

In about 1200 A.D. the magistrate and the merchants of Lübeck launched an extraordinary project: right in the center of the city, they started building a church. The vault spans the impressive nave at a height of about 126 feet, and the twin spires are more than 400 feet tall. This church set the pattern doe about seventy churches in the Baltic region. 

Massive though this church is there other churches in the city, most nearly as large as St. Mary's. We had a great day walking the streets of Lübeck, eating at a small cafe, and filming on an episode of Garrett [the european traveler].

In the back of St. Mary's are a pair of bells. On the ground. Smashed and sunken into the floor. During the night preceding Palm Sunday of 1942, St. Mary's was heavily damaged during the British air raid on Lübeck. That night, the bells crashed to the ground. To this day the bells remain beneath the southern spire bearing testament to the events of WWII. 

I broke my Nalgene | A shattering experience

  As I walked out of the hotel room, I casually threw my Nalgene from the second story balcony. I turned to head down the stairs. I heard a thud, and a loud crack.....

  I love Nalgene. Everyone who has used a Nalgene  loves it. Nalgene is a rock solid product, and an [almost]  unbreakable water bottle. Hands down, the Nalgene is the favored bottle of most any outdoor person. One thing everyone loves is the fact that you just cannot seem to break a Nalgene. I don't know if their design is just that good or if they were dabbling in the dark arts when they started making those bottles.  They are brilliantly durable. For example, the bottle I broke was at least 15 years old, and it survived both my brother's and my scouting career.

  How I broke it. This is the question everyone has been asking (most people do not know that you can break a Nalgene). I stepped out of our hotel room and tossed my bottle from the second story balcony, aiming for the grass below. I missed and hit the sidewalk by about two inches. So there you have it, you can in fact break a Nalgene. 



Gisele's Story [preview]

  In the Fall of 2010 I had the privilege of interviewing a friend named Gisele, and I am proud say that some of the footage is finally online. Gisele lived in Berlin, Germany in the 1940s. "In front of our house there were like 26 bombs that fell over a period of time." Gisele continued, "All during the war I was there when the bombing was going on, and that was pretty scary. When we sit in the basement lots of times and we would see stuff fall off the ceiling and the house would shake and we would hear the bombs and things when they were hitting. It was pretty scary then, we didn't know if we would get out again or not or if that was our last day of life."

  "In Berlin it was pretty scarce. We got so much on our ration cards, hut it wasn't a whole lot. They used to say it was too much to die, but not enough to live on. I went to get my ration card and they said 'Well, we don't need more people in Berlin, so why don't you go back where you came from.' "

  Hollywood couldn't make this up, and it would really be hard for them to dramatize it. This is the real story. This was Germany.

[This is just a preview, the entire project should be released sometime this summer. Lord willing I will be able to post it somewhere online for everyone to see.]