The best…for some…
So in the last post I let you guys know that we got a puppy. Well…it is not just a puppy…it is a Belgian Malinois puppy. If you don’t know what this is you are looking at an incredibly special breed. Now having said that don’t think you need to run out and buy one. These dogs are not for the faint of heart, they take an incredible amount of your time and energy and patience. They have endless energy and annoying tendencies if that energy is not used. No problem you say?? I will walk him…half mile to mile – that will wear him out…WRONG. Let me give you an example – 3.5 miles walk last night still yearning to burn some energy. These dogs must have their minds and energy used or they will be a NIGHTMARE. The average owner should steer way CLEAR of this breed. We did a TON of research and talked to a TON of great people before. All of which tried to talk us out of it and all of which warned us and gave us the nightmare scenarios. And now looking back I would say these very talented and knowledgeable breeders know their stuff. There are times we think – GAH!!! What did we do?!?!?! Why did we do?!?!?! And other times we are good to go and not rethinking our breed or dog in general for that matter.
Originally this part of the post was filled with someone that we thought was a good honest person. We had a pretty bad experience that I don’t wish to get into right now (if you know me in person – ask – I will divulge what I can) however through this terrible experience we did end up finding an excellent trainer. Jake took Stryker and turned him into an obedience machine that we are well pleased with.
I know there are a lot of people that will see the movie Max. This is about a Belgian Malinois – and what I fear is that this movie will ruin the breed much in the same way that Lassie, 101 Dalmatians, Rin Tin Tin etc has ruined other breeds. Be fair to yourself and be more fair to the breed you are choosing – I don’t want a bunch of Mals to end up in the pound and ultimately put down due to someone thinking they can handle them because of a movie. These are special dogs with extra special needs that require a ton of training and a lot of attention to get their energies disbursed. Remember what you are seeing on the screen are multiple dogs that have been trained trained and then trained some more with an expert handler on site carefully watching over everything. Let us learn from history and preserve this great breed for what it is and what it was meant to be.
Where have you been…???
First things first…new site…new look…
If I said that I enjoyed losing information and hard work due to someone else’s inability to be what they said they were I would be lying…having said that I think that it is always good to take inventory of a situation and try to adapt and move on. With that there is a new look to the site, I am not 100% loving it yet so it might change, but for now I think we are making progress…
Where have you been…??
Well…I wish that I had a really good excuse to say that I have been traveling afar taking lots of photos and lots of adventure in the path…however this is not by any means close to what I have been up to. To be honest, I plain lost my mojo and excite to shoot…which means no posting…
Now I have not been doing nothing…in fact the addition of a puppy and kids activities have been keeping me busy as can be as well as exhausted. I also helped my good friend get the right stuff for the site he built found here Jeremy and Jessica after their marriage and life beginning together. Yes I did shoot the wedding…
Also having a kid not only compete in but bring home a first place on vault in state competition (YES!!! A STATE CHAMP!!!!) keeps you busy and traveling…as well as having another kid blooming into competition in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – we have been crazy busy…
So for today I will leave you with a photo that I took just a few weeks ago in our front yard – I really need to shoot more…
This is not far from my house – within a quick walk from me yet I don’t get there as often as I could or should…
On this day a storm just got finished coming through and the skies were still reflective of that. Yet the glowing of the light spoke volumes to the mood and overall feel as I gazed into the mystery of the history I was creating in my head. The magical feel became more apparent as I stared at the cabin and the times of yesteryear danced around my head…it was a great creative scene that I hope you have fun with also.
About this cabin – below is the snippet taken from the official site found here Wartinger Historic Park <--- Click me :)
George Jarusiewic Cabin, Replica (circa 1805)
The Jarusiewic Cabin was discovered in April 1972 on North Fairfield Road. In 1972, Beavercreek resident George Jarusiewic owned the property, and his restaurant was named Scotties. George Jarusiewic wanted to preserve the old house for Beavercreek. The house was dismantled, meticulously, and rebuilt at Wartinger Park by George Jarusiewic. In the spring of 1997, the 16 by 24-foot structure was removed from the park because of insect infestation by the Beavercreek Parks, Rec. and Culture Dept. Only the fireplace was salvaged. Brady Kress, Executive Director of Dayton History made the replica, authentic to the period. Ten tons of stone made the stone fireplace from a cabin located on Sperling Lane in Beavercreek.
Resurrection – Happy Easter
Have you ever wondered why people who don’t believe still celebrate Christian holidays? Just seems odd to me…I have always wanted to ask them why but this is usually a hot topic for people so I tend to just let that question be…
Anyways – here is a shot that I took at a church in Dayton Ohio – it has significance to area but also to some in my family. I hope that they are all doing well today and all eating way to much 🙂
I hope that you have an awesome Easter and an enjoyable day.
Oh I forgot – on the food topic – I cooked my grandmothers traditional Easter Sunday meal for today – this is always bitter sweet for me as she passed on the traditions and cooking to me and made sure that I know before her last breath that I was responsible for passing them on and that she was well pleased with my cooking – in fact she said that it was better than hers and to anyone that knew her that was saying a lot! I miss her and my grandfather everyday.
Also on the food topic – I follow quite a few people on twitter however I admit that I only check in and read a handful of peoples tweets. One that I saw was this (this will be a paraphrase as I like to keep a little mystery around things) –
“You won’t get fat eating 1 bad meal – so this Easter – GO EAT! There is always tomorrow to go back to your healthy lifestyle :)” Well actually that was not even close….but yeah you get the point 🙂
The Darks Within The Lights
I took this today amidst a crazy cavern that you are not allowed to use a tripod. This was a 3 shot HDR handheld at high ISO. I am trying to gain permission to get a private setting and permission to use a tripod. Getting this was quite a challenge, but I am happy with the way it turned out.
Today’s Photo – Emily
Had the pleasure of shooting an awesome model – boy was it cold and boy was she a trooper! Hates the cold and snow but never complained one time! We shot for a while and watch more to come 🙂
I told you guys I would be shooting different styles this year 😉
PS – Sunflare
Sometimes I like it, sometimes I hate it…in this one it worked so I left it in there 🙂
Snowy Winter Morning
I often hear from others – I need a better camera…
I often also hear – Wow, you must have a really good camera…
Devil is in the details…
Fall is in the air
I took this just a few weeks back and it is really only 10 minutes from my house – not bad for an Ohio scene 🙂
I love fall – the crisp air, the leaves beautiful color, the sounds of leaves being walked through and blowing in the wind. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.
Natures Force – Waterfalls
What will you do to get the shot?
You will understand this a bit more below, however what are you willing to do to get the shot? I am willing and have done almost anything you can think of to get the shot. Photographers by nature I think do this naturally. Just the other night after a long day working and long day working my schools MMA show and having somewhere I needed to be – me and my buddy Jeremi looked at the fair behind as we were getting in our cars to go home and quickly realized we were both thinking the same thing and grabbed our gear and went off to the find the shot. Did we get it? Stay tuned and find out 😉
One thing that I love to shoot is waterfalls. While there is a lot of things that I love to shoot, the ocean and waterfalls/mountains top my list. Living in Ohio it is a bit of a challenge to find two of the things on the list. Now the last one I thought was equally hard…until I drove 15 minutes from my house and found the below. Most people shoot this from the other side – why you ask? Well because that is the side that is easy to get too. So did I? Of course – I absolutely shot it from the “normal” side, however as I watched and surveyed the scene I noticed this pretty awesome cavern type over hang that I thought would be awesome, however it was on the complete other side. So I looked around and noticed a bridge that takes you over the waterfall yet to get where I wanted you would have had to go down a steep hill off the path that was filled with I was sure was epic amounts of bugs, spiders and snakes…so I quickly dismissed that silly idea. Yet I was unwilling to not get the shot, so I did what I always do find a way to get it done. I looked down and had brand new shoes on, looked over at the other side, looked back down and said – here we go! Into the water I went! It came up to knees at the deepest point and it was COLD! However I got over to where I wanted and was able to capture what I wanted. Enjoy!
Holy Trinity Church
Here is a shot that I took over the winter time. I was lucky enough to be able to shoot this historic church. It is beautiful inside and out and it was great fun to shoot. I want to go back and shoot it again sometime, however for now I hope that you enjoy this as much as I did shooting it.