Location 2 Day 3 - A busy Day

by Mindy Veissid


Today was super busy with a second presentation at Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston for the tenth graders and in the afternoon exploring abandoned parts of the Naval base, Magnolia Cemetery, McLeod Plantation, Folly Beach, and Bowen's Island, a tiny chunk of land that, at its terminus, has an oyster restaurant that sits very high with a great view. Conditions were near perfect for shooting outside: 54 degress F, clear cerulean skies, and high clouds of intriguing shapes. Many of the locations yielded "pay dirt," the kind of compositions that Mindy and I seek out in our travels. Special thanks  to Micheline Callicott and Michelle van Parys for their thoughtful suggestions of places to check out.

You can check out new images and video from today's adventures: http://www.photographers-squared.com/images-along-the-way/  &  http://www.photographers-squared.com/videosalongtheway/

RA and Mindy

PS. Enjoy the 'selfie' image below.

Selfie

Location 2 Day 2

by Mindy Veissid


Hi All,

We had a full day today starting with a 1.5hr presentation at the Academic Magnet High School early this morning and then a presentation at the College of Charleston in the afternoon. 

We did more exploring and also asked the college kids where to go and shoot. We now have a full itinerary for the next three days. 

To hear more about our day, you can watch today's video update on http://www.photographers-squared.com/videosalongtheway/

We will also be posting more images from our iPhone and point & shoot camera on http://www.photographers-squared.com/images-along-the-way/.




Location 2 - Day 1

by Mindy Veissid


Hi Everyone!

RA and I are happy to report that we arrived safe and sound in Charleston, SC this morning. The sky was clear, the sun was shining and the air felt springlike compared to the frigid cold that greeted us earlier this a.m.

After getting ourselves settled in and having a tasty lunch, we headed over to the Aquarium to check out the water views and then moved on to Sullivan's Island. As the day progressed the clouds started rolling in and by the time we reached Fort Moultrie the sky was grey and the winds started howling. As historically interesting as the fort was, we didn't find anything that we mutually wanted to photograph. 

We drove back into the city and had a little pick me up at Black Tap Coffee (my Chai Latte was super delicious). We then wandered around the area stumbling upon the old city jail and a lovely Unitarian garden cemetery. We both wanted to photograph in the cemetery but the light was too flat and so we agreed we will revisit later this week when the sun will shine again.

To view today's video and images, please visit:

http://www.photographers-squared.com/videosalongtheway/

http://www.photographers-squared.com/images-along-the-way/

Until tomorrow!

Mindy & RA


Off to location #2 tomorrow

by Mindy Veissid


Hi Everyone!

RA & I are excited to be leaving for Charleston, SC tomorrow morning for the week. Like our last trip, we will be posting daily videos and photos along the way from our iPhones and point & shoot cameras.

Rather than manually visiting our blog, you can automatically receive updates from our project by subscribing to our mailing list on www.photographers-squared.com  on the right hand side of the page.

Until tomorrow!

Mindy & RA


Sneak Peek - our first images are in!

by Mindy Veissid


Hi Everyone!

Our first comparison of images is in! RA has manually developed his first roll of film, and I have edited my shots from our first day in Steamtown, PA. Below you will find an example of how our images will be showcased in our book. 

As we have mentioned before, there will be 5 photo pairings in our book from each location, making for 25 pairings in total. We have already chosen photo #1 and we are both equally excited about the images and the pairing. We will be posting those images later on. But for now, enjoy the sneak peek!

Mindy & RA


Back from Our First Adventure: Things I Learned

by RA Friedman


Shooting:

-Going to places, especially in the cold off-season is a great way to get unique shots and walk into spots you might otherwise not have access to on a guided tour (use caution and good sense). 

-Take your time. Look beyond the viewfinder. 

Gear:

-Batteries in light meters really don't like the cold and will make your meter appear as if it's broken. Carry spares you keep warm in your pocket. Apparently lithium cells do better than alkaline types.

-Keep a small towel in your camera bag especially if your camera is not weather sealed. 

-Older Hasselblads work fine in the cold but have fairly dim viewing screens in really low light; consider upgrading. 

-Leave the 35mm camera at home if you are shooting medium format. I found myself only using the Hasselblad for the main shots and my Canon point-n-shoot or iPhone for things I simply wanted to document and upload quickly.  

-If you have two film magazines, keep them loaded with the same film. I had loaded one with color and ended up taking it out since it's a pain to have to reload a magazine in the middle of shooting and in the cold. Keep the second loaded magazine ready and in your bag, always.

-The most unexpected things can create big problems; you can't be too prepared. 

-With tons of moving around, going from car to hotel room and back to car, the more organized you are, the less stuff you lose; put things back in the same place without fail. Close and zip things whenever possible. 

Dress in layers and be prepared for radical changes in weather.

Food:

-Make sure you eat lots of fiber (preferably raw veggies) or even supplement; keep hydrated.  

-Pancakes vary a lot from diner to diner and you can usually tell if they will be good by the smell. 

-Carry Kind bars; they are pretty good for chasing a growling stomach.

Money:

-Carry lots of change and small bills for things like parking meters and tolls. 

-Many small town places still only take cash.

-Remember to ask for and keep track of receipts. 

--Booking hotel rooms online ahead of time is often a way to get deals. 


Location 1 - Final Day

by Mindy Veissid


And here we are, on our final day of our first location. 

We stayed in Wilkes-Barre last night and explored the area a little this morning. We drove to 7 tubs natural preserve to explore the tubs there but found ourselves on a path with a broken cement bridge and mutually agreed we would not try to cross it. We looked around and though everything was beautiful, it was too pictorial for us to capture. 

We drove on to Allentown to see if anything there intrigued us, but again nothing too stimulating so on we drove to Bethlehem to the Steel Stacks. I have been there before (to attend an Octoberfest, not to take photos) and as they came into view RA became quite animated with excitement. It was a little difficult to photograph with the light (or lack of it as it was a partly cloudy day) but we made the most of it and left feeling that we took some interesting shots.

A few reflections about the week: I think we would both agree it's quite magical to photograph in the off season. Everywhere we went we were the only ones out and about. Granted it was excessively cold outside, but even in extreme situations there is a lot of beauty to behold. I find that the light is different - it's clearer, sharper and crisper. Early morning really worked best for us to capture the serenity and the awakening of  a new day. Lucky for me that RA is also a morning person!

It was a week of hard work, visual over stimulation at times, sharing, exploring, capturing and learning. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for making this project of mine a reality.

As we have done every day this week, you'll find todays images and video on our site. 

Our next trip will be Charleston, SC from February 16-20. We'll be recharged, re-energized and ready to explore the beauty that awaits us. 

Thanks again,

Mindy & RA 


Location 1 - Day 4

by Mindy Veissid


And here we find ourselves on day 4 with only 1 more day left to go.

RA and I got up early again this morning to take advantage of the beautiful morning light. We ate a hearty breakfast at Red Robin Diner in Binghamton and then drove to Spring Forrest cemetery where we captured some beautiful serene images. Thereafter we walked along Clinton St to look at all the antique store front windows to see if anything inspired us.

In the early afternoon we headed back to Scranton where we had a delicious vegan lunch at Vegan Cafe (be sure to visit our images tab on top of the page to view a photo of their bathroom walls). Afterwards we headed to the Lackawanna Coal Mine where we captured some more photos. It is closed for the season so we found ourselves the only ones there (just like in Steamtown) so we took our time feeling what it was that we wanted to share with you. 

We also shot our video of the day at the coal mine. To watch, please visit the videos tab on top of the page.

It was more tolerable to photograph as the temperature reached 30F, but we now need to defrost ourselves and rest for our last day of shooting.

Until tomorrow,

Mindy & RA


Location 1 - Day 3

by RA Friedman


Diane Arbus is quoted at saying: "My favorite thing is to go where I've never been." It's definitely something that is at the top of my list. I always try to remember first impressions of a place since they often fade with familiarity. These last two days we have been in Binghamton, NY, and although I spent 10 years here, it's changed a lot and I can see it much more clearly and can really appreciate it's strange beauty. I now have new first impressions. 

Today, Mindy and I got an early start, though the temperature when we got in the car to go to breakfast was negative two degrees Fahrenheit.  On a tip, we headed to the Park Diner which overlooks the river and were able to shoot from the comfort of an enclosed patio while having a hearty breakfast.  The natural scene was never something I was drawn to work with, but somehow on this trip it's been working for me. The barren trees, the ice flows and the vapor rising from the river were like a magnet. Heading down Vestal Parkway back to the motel, Mindy got very enthralled by trees in the river that looked like they were dipped in liquid sugar.  We could see them from the car, but could not access. I remembered there was a small appendage to Front Street where you could get down to the water, so we headed there and were rewarded by clear early morning light and mysterious fog rising from the water.  By this point it was probably a whopping six or seven degrees outside.  I was extremely glad we went right then and there to shoot, even though it was freezing. If we had waited, we would have missed the shots. 

In the afternoon we gave our first presentation at The Rod Serling School of Fine Arts at Binghamton High. How strange to be back in a building where I worked as a maintenance person the summer of my sophomore year in college, and talking about the heady and complex world of photography!  The kids were really engaged and I could tell were really looking at Mindy's and my photography.  We only got a short class period to cram in our philosophies and talk briefly about a few images. I wish I could have given them more.

Be sure to check out today's photos and videos.

Thanks!

RA & Mindy


Location 1 - Day 2

by Mindy Veissid


Hi everyone!

We have survived the frigid temps today. This morning we had a lovely breakfast at Chick's Diner and then explored the Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces. We both loved the Scranton Electric City sign at night last night and wanted to pursue that in daylight as well. 

After warming up with a hot beverage and food, we ventured north to Binghamton, NY where RA went to college. We toured around a little so I could get the lay of the land and then we went to SUNY Binghamton now known as Binghamton University. 

We decided to explore the nature preserve on campus which lead us to some beautiful images. 

So far RA and I have agreed on each subject to photograph with ease. No disagreements yet!

To view today's video and images, please visit:

http://www.photographers-squared.com/videosalongtheway/

http://www.photographers-squared.com/images-along-the-way/

Tomorrow we will be exploring more of Binghamton as well as presenting our project and philosophies at Binghamton High School. 

Until tomorrow!

Mindy & RA



Location 1 - Day 1

by Mindy Veissid


Hi All!

We made it to our first location today - Steamtown, Pennsylvania. Steamtown is a national historic park that houses - you guessed it - steam trains as well as other kinds of locomotives. 

It was a dreary, cold, drizzly gray afternoon - which of course RA & I liked due to the moodiness and light it created. We were lost in time there. Literally - we heard over the loudspeaker that they were closing and we had to rush back to the car so not to get locked in. 

The park itself seemed closed. A few random cars. Ticket booth closed. But that didn't stop us from going on the tracks and exploring the beauty of the vintage trains. 

Here's a little video of us after our shoot. Stay tuned for more updates!

Mindy & RA



New page - Videos Along the Way

by Mindy Veissid


Due to feedback, we now have a 'Videos along the way' page on our Photographers Squared portal. You can now elect to view our images or videos. Happy viewing! www.photographers-squared.com
 


Project starts next week!

by Mindy Veissid


RA & I are very excited to begin our project next week. We'll be heading to Steamtown and Scranton PA as well as Binghamton NY.

We received confirmation today that we will be presenting at The Rod Serling School of Fine Arts at Binghamton High School. Does a Twilight Zone experience await us? Stay tuned!

Mindy & RA


Our 5th location has been chosen!

by Mindy Veissid


RA and I had the great pleasure of choosing our 5th location in the beautiful historic Powel house in Philadelphia yesterday. Thank you Philalandmarks.org!

Without further ado, please watch our video to see what we picked!

We start our project in Steamtown, PA January 12 - 16. Keeps your eyes open for our updates!

Happy Holidays to all,

Best,

Mindy & RA


Last chance to submit 5th location

by Mindy Veissid


RA & I will randomly choose the 5th location tomorrow! If you have not yet submitted your suggestion, you have until midnight tonight to do so.

You can be as precise or general with your location (example: Chicago or the Magnificent Mile, Chicago).

Please send your location suggestion to info@photographers-squared.com. 

Looking forward to your submissions!

Many thanks,

Mindy & RA


Thank You & 5th Location

by Mindy Veissid


We are over the moon in gratitude for the generous backing we received - we surpassed our funding goal by $1,268! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Now the work begins.

As you may be aware, everyone who follows our blog gets to submit a location for our 5th destination. RA & I will randomly choose the location from your submissions. You can be as precise or general with your location (example: Chicago or the Magnificent Mile, Chicago). 

Please send your location suggestion to info@photographers-squared.com. We will write down your location and place it in a glass jar (see below). Deadline to send is Dec 15th.

Here is a current photo of the jar - let's fill it up!

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Looking forward to your submissions!

Many thanks again,

Mindy & RA 


We did it!

by Mindy Veissid


We did it!!! We met our funding goal!! RA & I are over the moon in gratitude.

A big thank you to each and every one of you who have backed us. You have made our dream a reality and we are in deep gratitude for it. 

Please feel free to still share the link of our project - any amount we receive until the funding period is over will now cover our Kickstarter fees.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/197872824/photographers-squared-the-great-american-shoot-out

Many many thanks,

Mindy & RA


Weekly Update - FINAL 10 DAYS

by Mindy Veissid


Status - we are now at $12,442 from a total of 88 backers

Days and balance remaining: 10 days left, $3,158 remainingPercent of funding met: 80%

Amount needed per day to meet funding goal: $316

Fun fact: we received backing from Amsterdam and Bonn (Germany) this past week

How many times our B&H presentation video was viewed: 7,859!

How many times our link was shared on Facebook: 573

Where to donate: Photographers Squared on Kickstarter

Do you get something if you donate: Yes! Depending how much you donate, you can receive a private lesson, our book, prints, etc. Check out oursite!

What you can do to help: Share our link on Facebook! Tweet! Share on LinkedIn! Tell your friends!

What this project is about: visit www.photographers-squared.com

Where we will be presenting: Pictorial Photographers of America Photo Club, NYC, Tues, Nov 25, 7:00 – 8:30. Please email to RSVP.

Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” fundraising platform, meaning we only receive the funds to make this project happen if we are 100% funded. We still have a long way to go. Any donation amount is appreciated!

Thank you all for believing in this project and a special thank you to those who have generously backed us.

Mindy & RA


Weekly Update

by Mindy Veissid


Status - we are now at $8,930 from a total of 66 backers 

Fun fact: we received a $500 backing from someone who worked with Mindy 20 years ago - it was a donation - he didn't want a reward!

How many times our B&H presentation video was viewed: 6,648!!!

How many times our link was shared on Facebook: 401

Days and balance remaining: 17 days, $6,670 

Percent of funding met: 57%

Amount needed per day to meet funding goal: $392


Where to donate: Photographers Squared on Kickstarter

Do you get something if you donate: Yes! Depending how much you donate, you can receive a private lesson, our book, prints, etc. Check out oursite!

What you can do to help: Share our link on Facebook! Tweet! Share on LinkedIn! Tell your friends!

What this project is about: visit 
www.photographers-squared.com

Where we will be presenting: Pictorial Photographers of America Photo Club, NYC, Tues, Nov 25, 7:00 - 8:30.

Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" fundraising platform, meaning we only receive the funds to make this project happen if we are 100% funded. We still have a long way to go. Any donation amount is appreciated!

Thank you all for believing in this project!

Mindy & RA