A Conversation With Dann De Witt

Dann De Witt’s genius always surprises me from his breakthrough website for Titanium, to his international design for companies in Thailand and Europe. This short film catches up with Dann as he talks about a project he completed in Thailand and the pure joy of being alive.

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Workout Video

Working out with Anthony Oretade is an experience. If you are ready to get healthier, look better, and stay fit, ¬†Anthony is your guy. He doesn’t ask you to do anything he can’t do and he is completely committed to your well-being. Check out Iron For Zion:

See Anthony’s facebook page:¬†https://www.facebook.com/anthony.oretade?fref=ts

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iPhone Photography

How much fun is this? Can a pro photographer use the iPhone to do his thing? The verdict is still out, although I saw a link to using Instagram to do a fashion shoot. Here is a shot of one of my very special guitars; a mid 80′s Japanese Stratocaster with a 3 bolt neck. Don’t even think about asking me to sell it unless you are offering 6 figures. And even if I sold it for that I would live to regret it.

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Photography Style

Times change but fashions just recycle. This photo was taken over 10 years ago, but the hair and beard were in fashion 20 years before and certainly would not look out of place today. The suit and tie might raise some eyebrows.Has style passed you up? Looking conservative may not be fashionable, but you won’t stand out walking down the street in Hartford Connecticut.

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Fashion Connecticut

Connecticut is not a fashion capital, but it’s great to work with models that have the look. This shot was taken for a skin-care product company, and I feel the model has a quality that will get her more work. She has a great attitude as well.

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Capturing The Light

Earlier this year, I revised this site with a new tagline: “Capturing The Light”. For me, as a photographer, it’s a lot more than that, however. Light is the tool or the canvas I work with, but the real core is beauty. Creating beauty is it’s own reward. I do it instinctively and I would do it without pay. Because for me, it grabs who I really am and gives me deep joy.

I hope this light finds you enjoying a beautiful and joyful holiday.

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Industrial Photographer

Refinery In California

My father worked at a refinery in California when I was a little kid. I never liked the smell, but I always thought they were impressive looking. One of the last times I was back there I couldn’t resist taking a shot of this one as the sun started to set. They might have cleaned it up since my visit.

All the oil refineries used to be right along the coast, including the one where my father worked. I miss California but when the wind was blowing the wrong way. Well, you know what I mean.

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Construction Photography

Cheap Sunglasses

Florida near Ft Lauderdale was hot even in February. And standing in that sun with a heavy nail gun takes a lot of strength and commitment. This guy had lots of both, even with his mirror sunglasses. The light seemed to create a kind of illustrative or dream-like feeling. Maybe it was sunstroke. What do you think?

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Location Photographer

On Location: Florida

I just re-discovered this photo from a shoot I did in Florida a couple of years ago. This is a shot, you will want to see large. Head over to my portfolio site and click on the location portfolio. We wanted to celebrate the labor of construction workers using the company’s product. The angle was dramatic and the day smiled on me with a beautiful cloud decorated sky. Conditions this February day were perfect. I didn’t even need photoshop to bring it to life. I’ve already been traveling more on assignment again. I recently returned from a trip to North and South Carolina and a trip to Atlanta is in the works. The highway is my home as Roy Buchanan once sang. Yet this Hartford photographer also digs the New England scene.

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Perfect Storm

Is there really a perfect storm? I think the pre-Halloween storm we had in the Hartford area was pretty close. With the wet snow, it took down branches from most of my trees and completely knocked down at least 4. I still don’t know how many others on my property will die because of broken branches.Remains of a really large tree that lost most of it’s branches and had to come down. It doesn’t look that large, but at the base it was over 3 ft in diameter. Here’s some more.

Have I mentioned that the snow that fell weighed 40 lbs per cubic foot and that it fell on trees that still had most of their leaves? No wonder the branches came down! Even the pine trees that are supposed to be able to take it lost a lot of branches.

We had at least 3 crews working on the cleanup. Things are getting back to normal, however. I only wish I had done a video with sound of what it was like as the branches and trees were falling with this sick thud. Sometimes you could hear a branch crack at the top and as it fell it took down a series of lower branches. My wife and I slept in the basement that night because we have one oak with some big branches hanging directly over our bedroom. Fortunately they are still there and our house survived without a scratch.

Were you in the storm? Let me know what happened to you. We can compare notes such as how long you were without power. For us, it was 8 days.


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