Eric Scott Miller Photography: Blog en-us (C) Eric Scott Miller Photography (Eric Scott Miller Photography) Fri, 30 May 2014 15:56:00 GMT Fri, 30 May 2014 15:56:00 GMT Eric Scott Miller Photography: Blog 92 120 Friday Photography Humor I wish I knew where I first saw this Top Ten list, but I failed to capture that information. If anyone has seen this before and can point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it so I can provide attribution to the author.

10. You can actually tell what kind of camera someone is using from over 30 feet away.

9. You have tried to claim “Photoshop” as a medical expense because it’s good therapy.

8. When planning a vacation, your main concern is finding a hotel that offers wifi so you’ll be able to upload your photos to the web, daily.

7. You own more than one camera bag even though you only have one camera.

6. You refer to cleaning up after dinner as “post-processing the kitchen.”

5. You can’t remember the date of your best friend’s birthday, but you know all the specs of your camera and lenses by heart.

4. When attending a wedding, you are more interested in what the photographer is doing than what the bride and groom are doing.

3. When you see a photo of a model, you find yourself more interested in what lighting was used and how much processing may have been done.

2. You understand that 22 is actually smaller than 5.6

1. When gazing upon a beautiful landscape you think to yourself, “That’s lovely, but it could use just a bit more saturation!”

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"Mid-Year Planning" Toastmasters International logoToastmasters International logoToastmasters International logo I did it!!!

Back in December, I had set an informal "goal" of completing my Competent Communicator manual of ten speeches completed by June 30th of this year. Earlier this year, I wondered if I would be able to make it happen given our club's size and getting a speaking opportunity about once every two months. But thanks to a couple of fill-in speeches I've been able to present this spring, I was able to give my tenth and final speech of the manual this morning.

I chose to give my inspirational speech to encourage members to hold me accountable to three goals I have for the remainder of the year and to encourage them to set their own goals for the remainder of 2014.

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Congratulations to Ed Carpenter. Again.  

Once again, Ed Carpenter had the fastest time in the Indianapolis 500 qualifiying runs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. 

Carpenter edged out James Hinchcliffe and secured his second straight pole position with a four lap average of 231.067 mph. So congratulations to the 1999 Park Tudor High School graduate and fan favorite. Good luck on May 25th!

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Bubble Palooza Today was a first. I had the privilege of heading south to Franklin, Indiana to photograph a Bubble Palooza fun run at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

This event sent participants through a three mile fun run throughout the fairgrounds through various bubble stations where the runners ran through a variety of colored bubbles that created artistic patterns on their white t-shirts. Children and adults both enjoyed the rainbow of colors that day.

Here is a smattering of images from the event.

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"The Power of Print" Toastmasters International logoToastmasters International logoToastmasters International logo To those who know me, it is no surprise I love print communication. I have enjoyed writing as far back as I can recall. In high school, I became involved in my school's journalism program. In college, I majored in photojournalism and worked for the campus newspaper. After graduation, I worked for newspapers and—for the past 15 years—a major publishing firm.

Every time I have moved, a good portion of my possessions have included numerous boxes of books. Photography books. Fiction books. Business books. Coffee table books. Computer reference books. Children's books. (Get the picture???)

I have always loved the library and have appreciated the power of the printed word to express emotion, thoughts, and creativity. So it was an easy decision for me to focus on it for my ninth speech in the path to Competent Communicator status, Persuade with Power.

In this era of electronic reading devices, it pains me to watch my three children long for their precious Amazon Kindles when their room contains a bookcase full of books to read. So I hoped to persuade my fellow Toastmasters to read more and to encourage their children and grandchildren to read more.

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A Story from 1937

May is chock full of special and historical events. Particularly here in Indianapolis, where every Memorial Day the race cars fire up their engines and compete in the Indianapolis 500.

But I don't want to look forward today, I want to glimpse back in time.

The year was 1937. Crowds gathered in Lakehurst Borough, New Jersey, to welcome the arrival of family and friends. Those people had taken a three day journey across the Atlantic Ocean traversing that great, blue expanse from their point of origin in Frankfurt, Germany.

Thunderstorms delayed their journey to New Jersey, so the captain of their ship routed past Manhattan Island and down the coast of New Jersey as he waited for the weather to clear at his destination. That evening, around 6:22 p.m., Captain Max Pruss received word that the storms had cleared the dock and it was safe to bring his vessel to the dock. The journey neared its end shortly after 7 p.m. as it reached the dock.

Now, most of us don't know about this part of the story, for it is what happened next that is ingrained on the pages of history.

At 7:25 p.m., Captain Pruss maneuvered the LZ 129 Hindenburg near the mooring mast when the zeppelin burst into flames and crashed. Thirteen passengers, twenty-two aircrewmen This instant was capture simultaneously by photographer Sam Shere and radio reporter Herbert Morrison, thus making the Hindenburg crash one of the first large-scale tragedies captured moment-by-moment by news media. To this day, Morrison's report—which you can listen to here—remains one of the most widely-recognized broadcasts from that era.

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Cinco de Mayo thoughts I celebrated Cinco de Mayo a day early; last night's dinner was from Little Mexico. (Seafood enchiladas, for those of you wondering.)

But today has me thinking about the Latin American tradition of having a Quinceañera. For those of you unfamiliar with this, it is the celebration of a girl's 15th birthday and marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood.

So far, I've not had the opportunity to photograph a Quinceañera celebration, although I would love the opportunity to be part of this moment in a person's life. 

That transition is an important one for most teens. It won't be much longer until that teen is learning to drive, getting a first job, graduating high school, and beginning an "adult" life (whatever that means).

Documenting this transition is just as important as senior photos, engagement photos or wedding photos. Because those are all once-in-a-lifetime events. Once the moment is passed, it cannot be recovered.

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May the Fourth be with you!!! Yes, I am a Star Wars fan. And a Star Trek fan, among others. I do not shy away from my geek side—my day job won't let me—so I embrace it for what it is; a part of me.

I love that every summer for the past several years, Indianapolis has been home to Gen Con, a gaming conference that brings out gamers and cosplay fans to town for a couple of days. I am hoping to be able to get there this year and partake in the photo opportunities.

Who knows, I may find an über-tall Chewbacca to get my photo taken with.

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The Inaugural REV Indy Last night, the inaugural Rev Indy event happened at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rev is a Methodist Health Foundation marquee event for Indiana University Health and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to raise funds to provide support for IU Health Statewide Trauma programs, including medical services for drivers and patrons of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The event was a big success. All of the tickets sold out, raising thousands of dollars to support the foundation. All kids of people showed up for the event:

The drivers came out to support the event. They also worked in conjunction with local restaurants to create innovate dishes for the attendees to enjoy throughout the night.

The decor was top of the line. Little touches throughout the venue made the night special and reflected the evening's theme of Fire and Chrome.

The festivities included great talent on the main stage. Jon McLaughlin was the featured performer:

And Indianapolis' own Endless Summer Band kept the tunes going late into the night.

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"The Seven Baby Steps" Toastmasters International logoToastmasters International logoToastmasters International logo This morning's step on my path to achieving Toastmasters' Competent Communicator status was speech number eight: Get Comfortable with Visual Aids.

For this speech, I struggled to think about what subject I could present where I could utilize visual aids in my presentation. I first thought of a similar setup I use for the Post-Processing Focus Group I lead for the Indy Meetup Photo Club. But the room where Northeast 2000 meets is too small to bring in a video projector and use the laptop. So I stole an idea from a fellow toastmaster, Bryan, and chose to go the flipchart route.

In all fairness, the material I presented in this speech was developed by Dave Ramsey in his program of the same title.

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"Stories from a Photojournalist" Toastmasters International logoToastmasters International logoToastmasters International logo Speech number five in the Toastmasters' Competent Communicator manual is focusing on "Your Body Speaks." This speech is geared toward the use of appropriate body language to supplement the spoken part of the presentation.

For this presentation, I chose to speak of some of my experiences as a photojournalist.

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"A Fight for Life" Toastmasters International logoToastmasters International logoToastmasters International logo Speech number four in the Toastmasters' Competent Communicator manual is focusing on "How to Say It." This speech is geared toward the speaker concentrating on word choice, sentence structure, and rhetorical devices.

In all honesty, I wasn't sure how well I was going to do with my speech, "A Fight for Life." The foundation of my presentation was the life and death struggle my youngest child, Noah, faced at his birth. Needless to say, this was an emotional one for me as I recalled the uncertainty and stress I experienced at that time in his life. ]]> (Eric Scott Miller Photography) Competent Communicator Northeast 2000 Toastmasters Toastmasters International Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:15:00 GMT Virginia's maternity shoot Last week, I was blessed to be asked by Virginia to be her maternity photographer. We met at a park by her Indianapolis home and set off to document her first pregnancy. (It's a boy!!!)

As a dad of three, I have been in the shoes of Virginia and her husband before. And I know the excitement, worry, and stress that comes with a first pregnancy. 

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Speaking "off-the-cuff" Toastmasters International logoToastmasters International logoToastmasters International logo My first non-manual speech. In all honesty, I put this speech together at the last minute as there was a speaking opportunity which presented itself at the start of the meeting. Thankfully I was able to get the second speaker position, so I had 5-7 minutes to put this one together before heading up to the lectern.

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"The Big Move" Toastmasters International logoToastmasters International logoToastmasters International logo

Well, after the warm reception to my first speech, The Dreaded Speech, I took to the lectern once again for the second speech in the Toastmasters International manual, The Competent Communicator. This time, I spoke about my move from Indianapolis' south side to the north side after making that long commute for 15 years.

So I am a bit less hesitant—and a little bit proud—to present The Big Move audio recording to you.




So, for the category ratings in the manual, I received the following scores:

  • Speech Value—5 out of 5
  • Preparation—4 out of 5
  • Organization—5 out of 5
  • Opening—4 out of 5
  • Body—5 out of 5
  • Conclusion—4 out of 5
  • Transitions—5 out of 5
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Congratulations, Kellie Pickler!!!
Kellie Pickler in concert Congratulations to country singer/songwriter Kellie Pickler for winning the 16th season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. She is such an energetic personality both on television and in her concerts. 

(Pictured here is Kellie in a 2011 appearance in Indianapolis in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four basketball championship.)

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Congratulations, Ed Carpenter! A heart-felt congratulations goes out to one of the nicest IndyCar drivers I have ever met, Ed Carpenter. He won the pole position for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. (The race will kick off shortly after noon EST on Sunday, May 26.) Ed will be trying to take advantage of the pole position to finish better than his Indy 500 best finish of fifth place in 2008.

P.S.  Some of you may recall that I posted a free download in July 2012 of a Facebook cover photo of Ed Carpenter's Fuzzy's Premium Vodka race car. That download is still available and is re-posted here for your benefit:

Ed Carpenter

]]> (Eric Scott Miller Photography) Ed Carpenter Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indy 500 IndyCar motorsports Sat, 18 May 2013 23:15:00 GMT
Published >> My Google Chromebook, 2e  

On Tuesday, Que Publishing released My Google Chromebook, Second Edition. I was honored to be asked by the design team to photograph the beautiful new computer which graces the cover of this book. Although I didn't have the opportunity to power up the Chromebook and take it for a test drive, I was impressed with its lightweight feel and sleek appearance.

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Congratulations, eh? IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe at 2011 Indianapolis 500 qualifying. Well, well, well. That time of year is upon us again. 

Living in Indianapolis, a large percentage of people around here live and breathe with the IndyCar racing series. Earlier today, the 2013 series kicked off with the first race of the season in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Since getting introduced to the IndyCar hoopla at the Indianapolis 500 two years ago, I have gotten my interest piqued and have added IndyCar to the list of sports which I (somewhat) follow.

So when i heard the winner of yesterday's race was Canadian James Hinchcliffe, I knew the name rang a bell. So I did a quick check of my archives from the past two months of May and came up with this shot of his rookie appearance at qualifications for the 2011 Indianapolis 500.

So congratulations go out to Mr. Hinchcliffe for his first IndyCar career win!

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"The Dreaded Speech" Toastmasters International logoToastmasters International logoToastmasters International logo I bit the bullet today.

Recently, I joined Toastmasters International; specifically Northeast 2000. And today began my journey toward Competent Communicator status as I completed the first of ten manual speeches: The Icebreaker. I titles my speech "The Dreaded Speech" because I am uncomfortable talking about myself in front of a group of people. Especially a group of people who I really don't know very well (yet). 

So in the spirit of openness—and to help other people who may suffer from a fear of public speaking—I am going to start putting myself out there and sharing recordings of my speeches. So, without further ado, here is a link to the audio file.

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