Year after year the people of our planet continue to celebrate the passage of time in several ways.  Thanksgiving is the start of this passage of time, as it’s a holiday seemingly independent from religion.   Everyone gets together with families and talks about what they are thankful for, to which there should be a great list of such things if you’re normal.  Some people are down on their luck, and really I start to wonder if the keeping of this tradition near the end of the year is on purpose, as it helps prepare you for what you want to do better the following year.  Keeping in with these traditions there are things like Black Friday and Christmas that get tossed into the mix as well.  Christmas isn’t something as universally accepted as Thanksgiving, yet here in Indianapolis around a hundred thousand people pack the downtown for the festival of lighting the Monument in the center of downtown as a tree. 

(Canon EOS5D Mark II, 2500ISO, Canon EF16-35F2.8L@16mm, 1/15th@F6.3)
Personally one of the things I’m most thankful for is being able to continue to do what I love, which is taking pictures.  Definitely a dream job for myself, that I hope I’ll be able to do for quite some time to come.  I’ve been honored over the last few years to be on staff at the Indianapolis star with the likes of Michelle Pemberton, Matt Detrich, Matt Kryger, Sam Riche, Bob Scheer and many more.  All are award winning photographers and rightfully so.  All friends of mine now, which I can only count my blessings as there are many days I wonder what sort of song and dance I had to do to actually get this job in the first place. 
(Canon EOS5D Mark II, 5000ISO, Canon EF300mmF2.8, 1/1600th@F2.8)
Those are the shoes of the tapdancers going on stage in the first photo.  I decided recently that one aspect of my photography that is lacking is some detail work at events, for which my thoughts were to go big or go home for this event.  With that thought I shot most of the event using a 300mmF2.8 lens, and rotated back and forth between using it with and without a 1.4x multiplier.  I probably should have thought about what I was doing as Matt Detrich shot this event as well for the news side of the paper.  I’m fully prepared to find his image on page A1 tomorrow, and he deserves it.  Outstandingly great shooter.  You can check out his coverage of the event here.  He beat me to santa on that first image.  I wasn’t happy, but I guess that’s the way things go, and I guess that’s why he is who he is.  Always knows what he’s looking for.  Photojournalism is something that I lack at as it’s not something I have to do on a regular basis.  I’d love to do more of it, but in terms of what I do normally it’s most likely not in the cards unless it comes from outside Indystar.  
(CanonEOS5d Mark II, 2500ISO, Canon EF300mmF2.8, 1/200th@F3.2)
Being this my 5th year covering this event, I wont even lie; I ‘m running out of ways to shoot it.  I may have said something similar last year when I shot the event too, but I’m not going to go back and read about it. I suppose that another thing I’m thankful for is that my images don’t get put side by side with Matt’s, who I’m fairly confident only actually took 16 photos tonight; each of which were perfect and posted them up online. (Maybe not, but he is aweseome) I figure maybe they will discover the number of bad photos I take in a days time or something, cause me to need to clean the bathrooms, or something equally cruel and unusual.  I kid, I kid, they would just look at me funny; not make me clean the bathrooms….
(Canon EOS5D Mark II, 2500ISO, Canon EF300mmF2.8 with a 1.4x Teleconverter bringing my total to 420mm.  1/200th@F4)
One thing I am also thankful for this year is that I personally own Nikon Equipment.  I apologize for throwing this in here, but since I’m confident that nobody important reads this anyway I’ll go ahead and say that I am absolutely disappointed with the 5D Mark II that is provided for me to use through the Indianapolis Star.  I have never used a camera with such abysmal autofocus whether in low light conditions or not.  I find myself firing three times as many frames as I do with my Nikon equipment because I need to make sure that I have a photo that is in focus to turn into our clients.  Not that I don’t like the fact that I’m provided equipment, I just wish I could rely on it to produce sharp results, which I can’t.  I’d prever my Nikon D700 or D3s ANY DAY, even at half the resolution.  
I feel like this blog post has been more of a rant than anything else, and that’s not what I’m going for here I assure you.  I am very thankful for quite a few facets of my life.  Especially thankful that I’ve got Monday and Tuesday off this week.  Have a trip to St. Louis planned with the Girlfriend which should be nice.  The normal Photo of the day posting may take a hit unless I can figure out how to do it from the iPad, which I firmly believe is possible but potentially beyond the realm of my figuring out. 
(Canon EOS5D Mark II, 2500ISO, Canon EF300mmF2.8, 1/160th@F4)
I think everybody knows who that is.  If not than I cant help you.  He is a staple at this event and normally spends a lot of time with the coloring contest winner for the state (whose prize for winning the contest is turning the key to light the tree).  Really as a kid, that’s a pretty solid prize.  Heck, if I won a contest and they told me I got to do that I’d be excited too.   
Really though I think I’m excited to have a few days off.  This weekend I need to finish the proof of Justin and Lori’s wedding DVD and start going through the pictures again, as well as work on another few shoots I had last weekend.   But Monday and Tuesday are totally work free.  Unless I can do it on the iPad which I mostly can’t.  (I can edit HD Video on the iPad?  Awww crap…).  Either way, I hope that everyone else can find things that they are thankful for.  Work related, family related, life related or just in luck.  I know I’ve found a few new ones lately, what about you?  More Soon.