Nikon found 32 photographers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East to work on assignments in service of promoting a new camera.  All were men.  Not a single woman in the bunch.  This squares with my experience in the photography business going back almost 40 years.  Women have always been underrepresented and snubbed in this male-dominated profession. And reading stories like this, it seems any progress for women has been negligible.

Read the New York Times story here:

https://nyti.ms/2y21SO3

Gladiators to Football

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Today we react with disgust to so-called sport and entertainment of ages past. Roman gladiators fought, and slaves were fed to lions to entertain the citizenry.  Even more popular was deadly chariot racing.

Today boxing in the U.S. has only a sliver of its past popularity, though it continues to be popular worldwide.

My opinion is that American football as played today, given the emerging evidence of widespread brain damage among former players, will either change radically to ensure the safety of players, or be relegated to a niche sport favored by only the most brutal among us. Even the NFL itself now acknowledges the link between playing football and the brain disease CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

We can't continue to bury our heads in the sand concerning CTE and still call ourselves a civilized society.
I've photographed and videotaped in industrial settings for many years.  And that experience has taught me to come prepared.  150 feet of extension cord.  Check.  Extra lighting.  Check.  Earplugs, work boots, heavy stands, backdrops.  If you might possibly need it, make sure to pack it.  Of course discussions with the client and plant manager are vital to understand the parameters of the job and to know what to expect.

I photographed and videotaped a model automation process for a client for use in a trade show. While just one minute and 12 seconds long, the video required some fancy editing and music timing. And a GoPro camera helped for a close-in view inside the viewing glass. For the stills, complete white seamless backdrops made the final retouching manageable.





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An instructive post from photographer John McMurtrie about the state of copyright infringement in the age of facebook and twitter.  Eye-opening:

https://petapixel.com/2017/05/04/photographer-vs-internet/
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Everyone can see the slow decline of print publishing over the past number of years.  Newspapers and magazines continue to decrease staff and budgets.  And no one sees that more clearly than editorial photographers.  For many years I've photographed for business, trade and consumer magazines. But fees are declining.  And for the past 10 years that part of my business has done a steady fade.

I could see the situation in stark relief when I was reading the March 15 issue of Fortune magazine this week.  The issue listed the 100 best companies to work for, a yearly feature in the magazine.  When I checked the photo credits in the section, over and over again the credit read 'Courtesy of Quicken,' 'Courtesy of Whole Foods', and on and on.  Fortune is using photos sent to them by the companies. Of the 19 or so photos, 12 were supplied to Fortune by the company, two were stock photos, and five appeared to be assigned to photographers.

Unfortunately for photographers, magazines are going to use any and all methods they can to reduce expenses.  The world of fine photo illustration in the editorial world continues to diminish.
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Photos and story © 2017 Dwight Cendrowski

Life-saving airport behemoths to the rescue
Oshkosh Corporation.  Leading the way at airports and beyond.

    Oshkosh is a city in the northeast of the US state of Wisconsin, a region known as the Fox Valley. Known for its dairy farms, lakes and fanatical Green Bay football fans, the area is a growing hub of industry and manufacturing firms, including its iconic namesake, the Oshkosh Corporation. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017, Oshkosh is an international manufacturing colossus, unmatched  in producing heavy-duty specialty vehicles for markets including defense, fire and emergency, commercial and access equipment. "We are true, heavy manufacturers," says Jeff Resch, vice president and general manager of Oshkosh Airport Products, a business unit of Oshkosh Corporation that produces airport emergency vehicles.  "We design, build and sell everything, from scratch."
 
    Resch and others in the Fire and Emergency segment of the company are very excited about a new truck called the Striker 8 X 8. It's a redesigned Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) vehicle debuting in April 2017,  a mammoth 8-wheeler capable of carrying 4500 gallons [17000 liters] of water. As Resch proudly says, "We've had an
8 X 8 before, but this new 8 X 8 is the highest performing ARFF vehicle out there." He ticks off the specs. "It has all wheel drive, can go off-road, has high water capacity. Just an awesome firefighting truck."

   cendrowski_161216_3109.jpg Salim Hawi agrees. He's vice president for international sales at Oshkosh and says that "This truck has so much horsepower, you put wings on it, this monster will fly!" That horsepower comes from twoScania Tier4F, 700 hp engines. Scania partnered with Oshkosh from the beginning of the design phase to supply the engines on the new 8 X 8, whose biggest markets will initially be China and the Middle East.Scania also supplies engines for Striker 6 X 6 and 4 X 4 trucks, (the numerals refer to the number of wheels and power to those wheels), as well as snow removal, concrete mixer and refuse trucks.

   
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The collaboration between Oshkosh and Scania was a smooth fit from the beginning; both companies are leaders in their fields and dedicated to quality products sold throughout the world.  "It's been a great relationship," says Resch. Adds Hawi, "And Scania provides premium service and a warranty second to none."

    The Oshkosh Airport Products group also produces snow blowers, the newest a 3000-ton, single engine machine that is more maneuverable, less costly and requires less maintenance than its double engine sister. Explains Resch, "Similar to the 8 X 8, we said 'We're building a new product. What's the right engine for us?' " And the 8 X 8 design team pointed again to Scania products. Those Scania powered blowers are now being used at the Metropolitan Airports Commission in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, a region known for bitterly cold temperatures and large annual snowfalls of 45 inches [114 cm].cendrowski_161216_3152.jpg

    Oshkosh airport trucks have a worldwide reach. They're custom-built to order, with available features like the Snozzle, a 50 to 65 foot [15 to 20 meter] extendable boom arm that can reach above or below a plane, and with the capability of piercing an airplane cabin or cargo area to spray a powerful shower of water or foam.
 
    The vehicles also find their way out of airports.  After the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, an ARFF truck came from Dulles International Airport to aid in firefighting.  And in May of 2016,  Alberta, Canada suffered a devastating wildfire that forced the evacuation of nearly 90,000 residents. Two local energy producing companies who are Oshkosh customers rushed several of their Striker 8 X 8 vehicles to aid fire fighters at the Fort McMurray fire.

    Both Hawi and Resch point with pride to the corporation where they've worked  for many years. Says Hawi, "It has a unique culture rooted in strong values, a culture of 'people first.'  Our most important capital is human capital." Oshkosh was recently included among honorees of the world's most ethical companies, an award given by an organization called Ethispere. In addition, Forbes magazine named Oshkosh one of America's best large employers in 2016.
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Oshkosh by the numbers
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading maker of heavy-duty specialty vehicles and truck bodies for markets including defense, fire and emergency, snow removal, concrete and construction.
• Founded in 1917
• Four business segments comprising defense, fire and emergency, access equipment and commercial
• 13,000 employees worldwide
• Manufacturing operations in eight US states plus Canada, Australia, Belgium, France, Mexico, Romania and China
• Net sales for fiscal 2015 of  $6.1 billion US dollars

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•  Newly redesigned ARFF truck debuting at Fire Department Instructor's Conference (FDIC) in April 2017
• Carries 4500 gallons [17034 liters] of water, 630 gallons [2385 liters] of foam
• 62 ton total weight
• Top speed 70 mph [112 km/h]
• Dual Scania Tier4F engines with maximum 770-horsepower and maximum torque of 3183NM
• Vehicle features power and maneuverability, stable ride, cab comfort and excellent visibility

Moosejaw-Walmart

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It was just announced that Walmart has bought the Michigan based outdoor retailer Moosejaw. Moosejaw has a strong online presence that Walmart hopes will bring it much needed electronic retailing experience in its competition with Amazon.

I photographed Moosejaw's young owners in 2008 for the magazine Electronic Retailer.

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Fitness Therapy

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A woman strains in a pool therapy session under the watchful eye of a physical therapist at Fitness Therapy Unlimited. FTU provides land, aquatic and massage therapy for those with physical disorders or disabilities caused by auto accidents or chronic conditions. I was able to photograph during a day of work by the company's therapists.

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Constitutional?

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Incredible that President* Trump in his first week in office is violating the constitution of the United States in his refugee ban and his failure to establish a blind trust and thus running afoul of the emoluments clause. In addition we have his daily delusional statements on the size of his inauguration crowd and his loss of the popular vote due to several million illegally cast votes. Throw in his backing of torture, shredding of the Affordable Care Act and belief we should have taken the oil in Iraq, and you have not just a goofball entertainer, but a truly menacing and vengeful man now holding the great powers of his office.

Shameful that this man is President.  Apologies are due to all citizens of the world.

2017 and beyond

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All my best wishes for everyone in 2017.  Let's go beyond praying for peace and start the ball rolling by acting peaceably.

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