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February 22, 2017
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Business Tip – Tote Bags

Hi Everyone,

Tote bags are a great way to promote your business. People use them often, and they have a large area for text, photos, logos or anything else you want to put on them.

More business tips at www.JeffColburn.com on the Articles page.

Have Fun,
Jeff

Business Tip - Tote Bags

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February 21, 2017
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New Limited Edition Print – Anticipating Journey’s End

Hi Everyone,

I just created a new limited edition print, Anticipating Journey’s end.

Anticipating Journey's End

Anticipating Journey’s End

We all come to the same end, unless your Count de Saint-Germain of course. This gentleman is contemplating the last grains of sand running out of the hourglass of his life. I find myself in this situation as the years roll by. As I’ve told many people, live life to its fullest because ever breath, every heartbeat, could be your last.

Enough of this cheery banter, check out my new image at www.jeffcolburn.com/photographs/limited-editions

Have Fun,
Jeff

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February 15, 2017
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Business Tip – Billboards

Hi,

Billboards are a good way to promote some business’, especially the electronic billboards that have great image quality and show well at night.

More business tips on my articles page www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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February 8, 2017
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Business Tip – Framed Photographs

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People love to look at photographs, especially of famous people who have signed the photographs, or very unique images. If you have them, use them to promote to your market or niche.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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February 1, 2017
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Business Tip – Tote Bags

Hi All,

Tote bags are great. I have all kinds from decorated, to heavy canvas to lightweight cloth. They are a tool, and I choose the right one for the job. They offer a larger surface for photographs and logos, and people use them for years.

More tips on my articles page at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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January 25, 2017
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Business Tip – Free Standing Displays

Hi All,

Free standing displays are easy to carry and can fit into any venue.

More tips on my Articles page www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

Business Tips - Free Standing Displays

Business Tips – Free Standing Displays

 

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January 16, 2017
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My New Limited Edition Print Is In The Gallery

Hi Everyone,

The Monolith, my new Limited Edition print, is now in the New State Motor Building Gallery in Jerome (across the street from Grapes Restaurant and down the stairs).

I took this image at the Grand Canyon with an approaching snow storm in the background. I then converted it to a sepia toned image and added a border that makes it look like an old Polaroid print. I really like this image as it takes me back to my first love in photography, the Black and White image.

This print is a Limited Edition of 10 prints and 3 Artist’s Proofs. It measures 20″ by 30″, is printed on canvas and mounted on Gaterboard. .

Head on over to the gallery and see it in person.

You can also see it on my site here http://www.jeffcolburn.com/photographs/limited-editions/

Have Fun,
Jeff

Me with my new print, The Monolith.

Me with my new print, The Monolith.

 

My new print, The Monolith, hanging in the gallery.

My new print, The Monolith, hanging in the gallery.

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January 11, 2017
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New Limited Edition Print – The Monolith

Hi Everyone,

I just released my latest Limited Edition print called The Monolith. It shows a monolithic rock at the Grand Canyon, with an approaching snowstorm in the background. And I transformed this image to look like an old sepia toned Polaroid photograph.

This beautiful image is a commercially printed 20 x 30 inch giclee on canvas that’s mounted on Gatorboard.

Check it out at http://www.jeffcolburn.com/photographs/limited-editions/

Have Fun,
Jeff

The Monolith at the Grand Canyon

The Monolith at the Grand Canyon

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December 13, 2016
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Have A Happy, And Slightly Twisted, Holiday Season

Following are some of my favorite Holiday music videos and commercials. You’ll find the entire spectrum from traditional to shall we say, unique. I hope you enjoy them.

There are some great commercials released at Christmas time. Check these out.

Who doesn’t like Mr. Bean? Take a look at Mr. Bean conducts Christmas Orchestra

Let the people you care about know that you’re thinking of them, like in Man On The Moon.

Here’s a great example of making the best of a bad situation, Come Together.

Lindsey Sterling, an amazing hip-hop violinist with some great moves. Listen to her perform Celtic Carol, What Child Is This and Silent Night.

Next is Pentatonix, an acappella group whose voices blend beautifully. List to their versions of Carol Of The Bells and That’s Christmas To Me.

I’ve always been a big fan of Jewel’s music and poetry, and was fortunate enough to see her in concert once. Listen to her amazing voice as she sings Ave Maria.

There’s always someone who thinks Christmas us just a bunch of Bah Humbug. This video is for you. I hope you enjoy Carol of the Old Ones.

My favorite irreverent Christmas song is The 12 Pains Of Christmas. Have a listen.

Karen Carpenter was an amazing singer, and left us all far too soon. Listen to Merry Christmas Darling by The Carpenters.

I’ve always liked Gloria Estefan’s voice and music. I was even a member of the Press when she dedicated her statue to the Wax Museum in Buena Park, California. I have some great pictures of that event too.

Christmas is more than presents and parties. It’s about reaching out to those in need, righting the wrongs in the world and putting the Christmas Spirit in all we do, all year long. In this video you’ll see wrongs that need to be righted, and successes that have been achieved. We can all do something, big or small, to help others. Go out and help others. Listen to Silent Night by Gloria Estefan.

Many years ago there was a great Christmas special called “A Claymation Christmas.” It shows the amazing things that can be done with this form of animation. I hope you enjoy these videos, and remember, it’s all done with clay. Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer and Joy To The World.

Is it really Christmas without hearing Madonna sing Santa Baby?

Have a Great Holiday Season! Party on!!!

Have Fun,
Jeff

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December 6, 2016
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Jeff’s Arizona Adventures – South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon

Recently, my wife, Linda-Ann and I took a hike into the Grand Canyon. It was my first time, and my wife’s second time, going below the rim. Linda-Ann hiked 6 miles (9.7 km) down the Bright Angel Trail 30 years ago. Over the years, we have walked the entire thirteen miles (21 km) of the Rim Trail, and some sections we have covered several times.

But it was time for me to take the next step at the Grand Canyon, and do my best not to fall in. While “Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon” by Michael Ghiglieri and Thomas Myers is an excellent book, I strongly suggest not reading it before heading down a trail in the canyon.

The day was cool, with a slight breeze, and perfect for hiking. We started down the South Kaibab Trail with an ultimate goal of reaching Cedar Ridge, which is 1.5 miles (3.1 km) from the trailhead, and a 1,120 foot (341 m) drop in elevation.

On the way down to our first goal, Ook Aah Point, we made several stops to eat, drink and for me to take photographs. We also stopped on a wide section of the trail as a mule train of tourists passed us going up the trail.

On our stop for lunch, we had to hug the canyon wall as two mule trains headed up from Phantom Ranch, which is at the bottom of the canyon. One train had tourists who had ridden down earlier, and the other brought up trash, mail and other items.

Mules on the way up from Phantom Ranch. Photo by Linda-Ann Stewart.

Mules on the way up from Phantom Ranch. Photo by Linda-Ann Stewart.

While these mule trains are fun to watch, they can cause two problems. The first is that the mules like to take your lunch, so keep it close to you and away from them. The second problem will be discussed later.

Me at Ooh Aah Point. Half way into our hike.

Me at Ooh Aah Point. Half way into our hike. Photo by Linda-Ann Stewart.

From Ooh Aah Point, we headed down to Cedar Ridge. While there’s no water there, they do have toilets. A nice convenience after hiking for just over 2.5 hours.

After descending a short distance we came to a half mile (.8 km) of steps built into the trail. These are wooden frames filled with dirt, and hollowed out in the middle from countless mules going up and down the trail. Normally, the steps would make the hiking easier, but this is where the second problem with the mule trains rears its ugly head.

One tiny section of steps with mule urine. Photo by Linda-Ann Stewart.

One tiny section of steps with mule urine. Photo by Linda-Ann Stewart.

As the mules trod up the trail, they urinate. When one does, they all do. This results in pools of urine collecting in the dirt hollows of the steps. So now, instead of walking on the steps you have to balance on the wood and rocks on the side of the steps. It makes for some difficult hiking. What really saved us were the walking sticks Linda-Ann had purchased for us a few Christmas’ ago. Unfortunately, the walking sticks do nothing to block the wonderful perfume of mule urine.

Me at Cedar Ridge, really needing a break and lunch. Photo by Linda-Ann Stewart.

Me at Cedar Ridge, really needing a break and lunch. Photo by Linda-Ann Stewart.

Cedar Ridge is a nice, open area with expansive views. There are places to sit in the shade and relax so you can prepare to continue down the trail or return to the top. It’s very discouraging to look waaay back up to where you came from, and realize you have to climb back up.

Being in the canyon and looking up at the top is a completely different experience than being at the top and looking down. When you’re in the canyon, there are many places where you can see where you started your journey. Seeing how far down you’ve come in altitude, and how far you traveled on a trail, is pretty impressive. For me, looking up at the top of the canyon is much more awe inspiring than looking down into it. This was the first time in my life when I could see the entire trail I had covered, and it was an amazing experience.

Here I am setting up my tripod. The arrow at the top right shows where we started our hike, and where we need to return to. Photo by Linda-Ann Stewart.

Here I am setting up my tripod. The arrow at the top right shows where we started our hike, and where we need to return to. Photo by Linda-Ann Stewart.

One of the great views at Cedar Ridge.

One of the great views at Cedar Ridge.

After a rest, some food and water and lots of picture taking, we headed back up. One nice thing is that almost all of the urine had dried up, so we could actually walk on the steps. This made the return trip much easier.

On our trek, we encountered several people who didn’t have enough water, and were having problems with the altitude. Altitude sickness can affect you in various ways, including lightheadedness, headache, shortness of breath, fatigue and nausea.

When hiking the Grand Canyon, or anywhere, I suggest that you:

  • Bring twice as much water as you think you will need.
  • Have the proper boots.
  • Bring food.
  • Protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sun screen.
  • Be sure you’re in good enough shape for the terrain, altitude and heat or cold.

The Grand Canyon is a great place to hike, and has trails for every skill level. But if you can, go down into the canyon, even a little ways. It’s an experience you will never forget.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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