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What a night!

December 11, 2017

This past Saturday night we were able to celebrate with another gallery showing for another winner, artist/photographer and member of KelbyOneSteve Wallace. Steve is an anesthesiologist, a lawyer, a talented photographer (with a goal), and KelbyOne member. His magical Myanmar images and artist’s talk delighted everyone that attended and watched around the world. His photography inspired us to want to engage with other cultures in a more subtle and human way, and his talk was fascinating, fun and thoughtful. If you missed it, you can watch it at this KelbyOne link. I’d like to thank Steve (right), his lovely wife, Becky (left) and all the members who showed up to The Gallery at KelbyOne and made the night so special.


Steve during his talk with Larry Becker as he answered questions from the live web audience.


Steve explains how he manages that magical light.

Who wants to be this cool? Everyone! Meredith Duffin was calling the shots in the control room and making it look easy.

I’d also like to thank the KelbyOne team because I don’t think there is a person in the building who doesn’t touch this effort in some way and I’m grateful for them as well. From individuals like Viktor Garcia (my right-hand man when it comes to the gallery) to Pam Suttmiller in accounting (who helps create a beautiful wine and cheese presentation) to our excellent video, marketing, graphics, and web teams. Heck, even our editors are tweeting about it! Haha! Everyone has a hand in it, and that’s not even counting the selection and judging process (loads of help coordinating all of that from Mr. Erik Kuna) to arranging the travel and accommodations for all the winners (thank you, Jeanne Jilleba). So many hands on so many things and I’m so very grateful—thank you.

We gathered, we celebrated, and we promised that we’d all do it again. I like that about us.

Kalebra

 

 

 

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KelbyOne—an Ecosystem of Opportunity—I Like That About Us

December 1, 2017

You’ll have to bear with me a minute here because I’m so excited and happy that I just want to say it, to share it. The woman above is Melanie Kern-Favilla. You may recognize her as a Gallery at KelbyOne winner. Melanie is a fantastic photographer, KelbyOne member, and train engineer. Melanie will also soon be a KelbyOne instructor, and we can’t wait. There are many reasons for us/me to be excited about this but let me explain why I’m particularly excited.

You see, Melanie (and what Melanie represents in this case) makes me happy because she is the result of our ecosystem of opportunity. That ecosystem changed the question for our business from “How do we accomplish more?” to “How can we help our members accomplish more?” And that is a question that is fun to answer every day. For Melanie that meant we opened a door and she walked through it. By entering her images in our gallery contest not only did she win the competition but now a worldwide audience knows her name and her work. She’s been featured on the cover of our magazine, “Photoshop User” which led members from all over the world to ask for Melanie to share her techniques on KelbyOne. Full circle—I love it!

Do you want to know the best part about all of this? She’s not alone—not by a long shot. A few others that have had similar experiences (that include speaking at our national conference Photoshop World) are Steve HansonKaylee Greer, and Dave Clayton.  My hope, my joy, my excitement about the future are the names of those members that will be added to this list. KelbyOne is a business, yes, but it is also our life’s work and our passion, and it makes us happy when it works like this. Thank you for letting me share.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kalebra

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The Personal Side of Dave Black

October 25, 2017

You may know Dave Black for his 30 plus years of award-winning sports photography in such publications as Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and the award-winning TV show Sports Century on ESPN. Dave has covered everything from the NFL, NASCAR, The Masters to 12 Olympic Games. Now we get to know more of Dave’s story and what a fantastic person! You don’t always find his level of gift (wrapped in humility, humor, and sweetness). I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to have this front row seat and hear his stories first hand. If you have a minute, I encourage you to head over to KelbyOne.com and give it a listen. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself smiling later as you think back on the gentle way Dave shares his inspiring stories.

Thank you, Dave, for being so awesome and open with us.

 

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The dog at the park said I’m not fun.

October 15, 2017

Me: I’m sure that wasn’t nice to hear, Maggie, but you shouldn’t let that opinion upset you so much.
Maggie: “I think I’m fun—I love to play!”
Me: You are fun and it’s important for you to remember that you don’t know the condition of that dog and the condition of a dog has all to do with that dog’s opinions.
Maggie: “What?”
Me: That dog may have heartworms that have damaged their heart in ways you can’t see on the outside or they could have something annoying them like a flea infestation or knots in their fur or painful thorns in their paws. Maybe they’re just having a bad day, whatever the reason, the point is you don’t know their condition so you shouldn’t let another dog’s opinion affect how you feel about you, okay?
Maggie: “Okay, Mom, I’ll think about all that right after this nap.” 

Okay, silly puppy. ☺️

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A best friend…

October 13, 2017

A best friend is someone who lets you venture out or someone who lets you stay close to the shore. Whichever friend you are there is no judgment in love—you just need to stand together in life’s current. I like that about best friends. 💛

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Why are DSLR’s still so big and heavy? Seriously.

October 9, 2017

This is an honest to goodness question and let me tell you why I’m asking. I was having a conversation with my friend yesterday about why I like shooting with my iPhone

Me: Because it’s convenient, lightweight and takes a great photo.

As soon as I said that I realized that it’s not just having something with you all the time that makes it more convenient it also needs to be less bulky and lightweight (again the iPhone delivers). However,  I would like to have some of the features and lenses that are available to the (Pro) DSLR user but I’m not willing to pay the heavy price of bulk and weight and that set me off on a mission to find out what the heck is inside those things (bodies and lenses) that they still need to be so darned heavy.

I watched manufacturing and design videos and read (a few) articles so, I am nowhere near an expert on this subject. I am also not an engineer, camera designer, manufacturer, or anyone any of those people would ask for advice on this subject but from what I could see I still have to ask, in 2017, is it really still necessary for camera bodies and lenses to be so heavy and bulky? Because if it’s not necessary and they could all be much lighter and less bulky — why aren’t they?

Just asking,

Kalebra

 

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Yesterday was fun — especially the flare!

August 22, 2017


The first two images were taken with the selfie lens on my iPhone7plus. I wasn’t planning on using that lens but I started experimenting with it at the first phase of the Eclipse and I really liked it. The final image is the more expected (and cropped) 82% Eclipse that we experienced here in the Tampa Bay area. We had a lot of fun at the office celebrating with a cookout and trying all sorts of ways to shoot the event. I hope you all had a good time too!

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“Everything you can imagine is real.” ― Pablo Picasso

July 22, 2017

This is Melanie Kern-Favilla, a talented artist, and photographer. She also happens to be a train engineer on the Long Island Rail Road and a KelbyOne.com member. Melanie entered and won our international member competition and, last night had her work featured in a solo gallery show at The Gallery at KelbyOne. Melanie is the real deal, the genuine article and an all around awesome person. I like that about her, and I couldn’t be happier for her. Congratulations, Melanie, you rock! Thank you for being such an inspiration to us all. 🙂

And you see that encourager standing next to her? That’s her husband, Dave. Dave encouraged her to enter, ensured her that she’d make the final round and then on announcement day was racing home and on the phone telling her she’d better be watching The Grid (Kelby TV) because she was “Going to win!” I like that about him. Dave, you rock! Don’t ever stop being the power of the other because, well, it’s a wonderful thing to be. 🙂

Thank you to everyone at KelbyOne that makes this event happen each time. From the artist selection process to installation, to video, graphics, marketing, member services, web, IT, our wonderful host for the evening, Mr. Larry Becker, right down to the selection and placement of the wine and cheese there isn’t a single person who isn’t involved. Heck, I even saw our book team taking promotional shots last night. Hahaha! We’re all excited for our members and this opportunity for them, so I want to thank our team, from the bottom of my heart, it means a lot to me.


Members chatting with Melanie about her work.


Everyone wanted Anthony Scott (voted to have the “Best Photographer Stance Game”) to take their photo at the gallery step and repeat backdrop. Hahaha!

Thank you to everyone that came and helped Melanie, and all of us at KelbyOne and the whole membership celebrate — can’t wait until next time!

The full artist talk and webcast here.