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Jonathan Castner
Denver Colorado
I'm a freelance photojournalist based in Denver Colorado USA.
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I got a call from the editor of the varsity magazine for the University of Nebraska. It was the kind of assignment that sounds wicked cool: “Need photos of a hall of fame football player Dale Klein who is now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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I look at a lot of photos every day that aren't mine. I believe that it's my job to be aware of what is going on in the world in general and the world of photography specifically. This gives me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
I had an interesting memory tonight and it goes like this. I don’t know her name and I don’t really remember what she looked like but I strongly remember what she means to me: the first and very lasting application... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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I had a seriously “where have you been all my life!?” moment a while ago and it goes like this: When I go to shoot a sporting event the lens of choice is usually my trusty Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
I was halfway through a superb BLT sandwich for lunch today when I had the following thought “Why haven’t cameras taken on the same approach as cars”. Ok I can see that this makes no sense so I’ll rewind a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
Things have been overly busy here at world headquarters and when that sort of thing happens you go into a mode whereby the important things get done and everything else waits until you can either personally get to them or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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One of my good clients contacted me a while ago about doing a fairly significant bit of work for them that would take place over three days. Everything was spot on: perfect access, total organization, great client, interesting assignment, oh... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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The adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” holds true in many ways that we don’t often think about. I had a revelation the other day about this phrase and said it in this manner: “A photo is worth... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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Even when you have a plan, especially when the client has a plan, I always assume that if something doesn’t go to plan I need a backup and maybe a backup of my backup. As was the case when the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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... the President is coming to town! Well it really wasn't that bad at all. Last week President Obama made the first presidential visit to Boulder Colorado in something like 60 years. That made it an even bigger deal ya... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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I ran across the following thought just now as I was catching up on some stuff. It has everything to do with photography and my way of looking at life. Grand aint it? "Human beings took our animal need for... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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I often say that illusions are important to maintain. We all keep a certain amount of fantasy, healthy delusion, mystery and in some cases outright subterfuge in our lives to get by. Generally there is not only nothing wrong with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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Some of you know that I firmly believe that regardless of how driven you are in your art and or business you need to have something that resembles a personal and satisfying life. I am blessed beyond belief that I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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Gawd! I hate name tags. If I am in a situation where I expected to wear a name tag it seems to me that the organizers believe that I and my fellow attendees are not capable of introducing myself or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
"Chance favors only the prepared mind." - Louis Pasteur Sometimes you stumble upon the most wonderful things when you least expect them. That is if you keep an open mind and are willing to take what comes your way as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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I was reading one of my industry blogs the other day and there was a bit about essentially "How can you screw THAT up?" It was in the context of if you have all the gear you could want, as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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Shortly after making the last post, about the crushingly not-much-happening protest I had a reflection upon the state of mind of someone who gets excited to make photos of things such as protests. Ya see, news guys and gals aren't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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Don't you hate it when you go to a riot and a friendly rally breaks out? What a bummer! I was alerted to the fact that there was going to be an Occupy The Courts protest event here in Denver... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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Something happened the other day and it took me until about now to understand what really went on. Here's the situation. I was given an assignment to go someplace and make photos for an article. Nothing new here. I pack... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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I was on assignment the other day to do photos for a story about an exercise trend/fad that is based on classical ballet barre work. Yadda yadda. Anyhoo the client wanted some video for their web edition. Hey, no problem.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
I'm having dinner at a little steakhouse near Omaha. It's the final leg of a long day of driving, 600+ miles, to a small Iowa town in order to do a story about the Iowa Caucus. I hate to even... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at Field notes and late night rambing
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Since I work almost exclusively on location I am in some ways a bit jealous of the dudes who have the time and budgets to create entire sets for their subjects to be photographed in. So one of the things... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2011 at Field notes and late night rambing
I was sent to do a quick few shots the other day for a little story about a local veteran who recieved the Congressional Gold Medal for his service as a translator during WWII. I got talking to one of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at Field notes and late night rambing
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I swear. Just as ice cream is cold, when it’s not all melty, that just about every time I’m shooting out in public somebody asks me “How many megapixels has that got?” I tend to reply “More than I need”... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at Field notes and late night rambing
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I will unabashedly admit that I like for my images to in some way feel like you/I are “right there”. Personal. Intimate. Up close. A sort of sit on my lap and let me tell you a secret kind of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at Field notes and late night rambing