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Event Photography: 4th Avenue 2010 Winter Street Fair

This past weekend marked the return of a Tucson tradition, the 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair. The cloudless skies and warm temperatures brought thousands of people out to enjoy more than 400 arts and crafts booths, 35 food vendors, two performance stages, a bevy of street musicians, and unlimited opportunities for people-watching. On Sunday, I…

Bicycle Photography: El Tour de Tucson 2010

This past Saturday was a bike-tography extravaganza for Yours Truly. The 28th annual El Tour de Tucson drew me and my camera to the Downtown finish line for some photographic fun. First, the anticipation. The top finishers hadn’t arrived yet. But Tucson’s tifosi were waiting for them… The 109-mile race was won by Eric Marcotte,…

Event Photography: Fall 2010 Bicycle Swap Meet

America’s second largest bicycle swap meet happened in Tucson this past Saturday. The fall 2010 edition of our two-wheeled buying, selling and trading extravaganza drew thousands of cyclo-philes to Fourth Avenue. And the bike swap had something for everyone. So, you say you need some new sneakers for your favorite mountain bike? Gotcha covered… Or…

Event Photography: All Souls Procession 2010

This past Sunday, the annual All Souls Procession wound its way through Downtown Tucson. This event is meant to help participants remember the departed, and attendance is well into the five figures. Like any large Tucson event, there’s a substantial police presence. Here’s part of the law enforcement contingent that gathered at 4th Avenue and…

Freelancer’s Guide to Finding Clients

2017 update: This publication is being revised. I’ve just published the Freelancer’s Guide to Finding Clients. It isn’t filled with pie-in-the-sky theoretical stuff. Instead, this Guide is based on techniques that freelancers are actually using. Like cold calling. While it’s true that cold calling has a bad reputation – and the Guide explains why that…

Event Photography: New Stadium, Same Old Ending

This past weekend was Homecoming at the University of Michigan. For its alumni, the university pulled out all the stops. Take, for example, the College of Engineering. My father’s an alum, and I attended the college’s events with him. The pre-game party included a Michigan Marching Band concert… An a capella version of "Hail to…

Construction Photography: Seeing Orange, Red, and Yellow

I just got back from a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Being a northern city with only so many snow-free months, Ann Arbor has a “go flat-out while you can” approach to road construction. This year, there’s been quite a bit of road work in and around Ann Arbor. Meaning that you’ll be seeing a…

Travel Photography: Arizona Biodiversity

While outsiders think that Arizona is nothing but dry, barren desert, we residents know better. This state has a surprising amount of biodiversity. Take, for example, our riparian areas. Here’s an impressive stand of cottonwoods growing near the banks of the Hassayampa River, which doesn’t flow during dry seasons like the one we’re having now…….

Event Photography: Tucson Meet Yourself 2010

Tucson Meet Yourself is an annual celebration of the Arizona-Sonoran region’s cultural diversity. Over the course of three days, you can chow down on food from all over the world, try your hand at various folk arts, visit historical exhibits, and learn new dance steps. And then there’s the music. You name the culture and…

Event Photography: 2nd Saturdays Downtown

The heat of the summer months is starting to abate, which means that late afternoons and evenings can be enjoyed outdoors. This past Saturday, thousands of Tucsonans did just that. They converged on the heart of the city for 2nd Saturdays Downtown. This event combines street performances, arts and crafts tables, and business specials. The…

Website Redesign: Nutritional Sciences Department

April 2015 update: This site was redesigned by the university. The University of Arizona Department of Nutritional Sciences website has a new look. It’s based on an oft-heard bit of dietary advice: “Eat Your Colors.” The site’s seven sub-navigation bars reflect the colors of healthful foods: The default sub-navigation adopts a pink Persimmon theme. It points…

Website Design: Improving Tumor Radiation Response

April 2015 update: This website is no longer online. Dr. Randy Burd is on the faculties of the University of Arizona, Holy Family University, and Thomas Jefferson University. His research focuses on the effectiveness of radiation therapy in cancer treatment, while minimizing the effects of radiation on normal tissue. I just designed a laboratory website…

Graphic Design: Capabilities Statement

Design projects that include photography are my favorites. While most of this combination work is for clients, some of my personal projects require more than one discipline. Take, for example, this website and blog, which involves design, photography, and writing. I recently had the opportunity to integrate these three disciplines while creating the Capabilities Statement…

Event Photography: First Thursday Art Walk

Yesterday evening was one of those times when the "Yeah, right!" storm clouds stomped through central Tucson. You know those clouds. They throw out plenty of thunder and lightning, but rain? No way. So, I got on my bike and pedaled over to Main Gate Square’s First Thursday Art Walk. This month’s event featured work…

Nature Photography: Ohio Morning Dew

I just got back from a brief trip to northeastern Ohio. The big difference between the climates of the Buckeye State and Arizona was the moisture content. Ohio’s early morning air was so thick with humidity that you could swim through it. Of course, the local plant life was taking full advantage of the situation…

Website Redesign: Chemistry Department

March 2019 update: This site was redesigned by the university. The University of Northern Iowa Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s redesigned website features a department-produced recruiting video along with information on degree requirements, research and career opportunities, and application procedures. Recent graduates have pursued a wide range of careers, including patent law, medicine, dentistry, forensic science,…

Website Design: Optical Sciences Researcher

March 2019 update: This site was redesigned by the university. Robert A. Norwood is a professor in the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences. My website design showcases his research, publishing, teaching, scholarly presentations, and patents. The home page features a collage of photos that I took of the sculpture, low water use landscaping, and…

Event Photography: Flags and Memories

When I was in my early twenties, I set the goal of bicycling through all 50 of the United States. I accomplished this over a 12-year period, and wrote and published two books about my experiences. My travels also took me into Canada. During a 1987 ride down the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff,…

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