Day 41 – Bill Gates

Day 41 – Bill Gates

#Illustration of #BillGates. Although I ride the #apple and #mac train you can’t deny the #massive impact this #legend has had on the world. I’m a big fan of the #philanthropic work he and his wife do through their Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

William Henry “#Bill” #Gates, III is an #American #business magnate, #philanthropist, #investor, #computer #programmer, and #inventor. Gates is the former chief executive and chairman of #Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer #software company, which he co-founded with Paul Allen.

He is consistently ranked in the #Forbes list of the world’s #wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009—excluding 2008, when he was ranked third; in 2011 he was the wealthiest American and the world’s second wealthiest person. According to the #Bloomberg #Billionaires List, Gates became the world’s richest person again in May 2013, a position that he last held on the list in 2007. As of June 2014, he is still the richest.

During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of #CEO and chief software #architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder, with 6.4 percent of the common stock. He has also authored and co-authored several books.

Gates is one of the best-known #entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Gates has been criticized for his business tactics, which have been considered anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by judicial courts. In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.

Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. He remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect for himself. In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work, and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

#drawn in #adobeideas using #wacom #bamboostylus

#adobedrawing #pc #windows #pcrevolution #digitalage

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Day 38 – Willis Carrier

Day 38 – Willis Carrier

#Illustration of Willis Haviland #Carrier. He was an American #engineer, best known for inventing modern air conditioning. For his contributions to #science and #industry, Willis Carrier was awarded an #Engineering degree by Lehigh University in 1935 and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Alfred (NY) University in 1942; Carrier was awarded the Frank P. Brown Medal in 1942; and was inducted posthumously in the National #Inventors Hall of Fame (1985) and the Buffalo Science Museum Hall of Fame (2008).
He also coined the phrase ” a cold day in hell ” on his death bed October 7, 1950.

#inventor #airconditioning #aircon

#drawn in #adobeideas using #wacom #bamboostylus #adobedrawing

Day 07 – Elaine

Today’s portrait is of one of my work colleagues – Elaine. She is also a designer here at Yellow and like myself is interested in all things designy. Some of her interests are art, magazines, graffiti, interior design and of course… clothes. Something interesting about Elaine is that she left school when she was only 15 years old!

We tried shooting outside around 4 to 4.30pm. Although the light was reasonable it probably wasn’t the best idea shooting at that time as the shadows were quite harsh. In retrospect, a reflector of some sort would have been really handy to knock back some of those harsh shadows. The background isn’t the greatest either so I’ll have to keep looking around work to see if I can find a better location. It’s all a good learning experience either way and I managed to get some good shots under the less-than-desirable conditions.

Another thing Elaine and I have in common is… Pinterest! I have to admit that when I first heard of Pinterest I didn’t want to join the network as it seemed it was ‘for girls’ (such a primary school boy attitude) and seemed to be swamped with a ton of pins that would generally appeal only to women. However, I did end up joining it due to it’s ability to provide some awesome inspiration and now I must confess I am a bit of a Pinterest fiend. Feel free to follow my Pinterest boards by clicking the Pinterest logo under the ‘Follow me Socially” header in the sidebar.

Oh one more thing we have in common is our love of the NZ artist, Shane Hansen’s work.
Check it out – You’ll love it too if you don’t already.

#100daysNZ #100dayer #Photography #Nikon #D600 #50mm #Design #Art #Pinterest #Pins #Needareflector #ShaneHansen

Day 06 – Haroma

Alrighty – So today’s lucky headshot individual is my little brother, Haroma.
As I mentioned yesterday, he and his wife have been staying with us the past couple of days while Tamara attended a course at Auckland Uni as a part of her post-grad teaching diploma.
Writing about an individual is difficult for me on any occasion, however today it’s not because of a lack of information but rather an over-abundance! Today I have to try and siphon out information that you don’t need (which is most of it) and only include the important.

Haroma is a Pisces who likes to read books by the fire and enjoys long walks on the beach.
Ok serious now – Haroma is a personal trainer in training. He is the youngest in our family of 9 children and as such has spent most of his life being told what to do by his parents and his 8 other older sibling/parents. After spending 2 years serving a mission in central region of the Philippines he is now a confident speaker of Cebuano, Ilonggo (Hiligaynon) and maybe another language? Haroma is a very kind-natured and fun-loving person – I’m pretty sure he loves laughing and you may have even heard his booming laugh at some point, perhaps while visiting a neighbouring city, as it is quite loud in comparison to his other siblings. Anyway he’s got some brownie points for letting me use him and his wife as models for my project so I guess I’ll let them come and stay again next time they’re up here. Enjoy your portraits bro – I expect to see them take pride of place in your social profiles and framed on the wall next time I come to visit.

#100daysNZ #100dayer #Photography #Nikon #D600 #50mm #Philippines #filipino #littlebro #potiki #PT #Fitness

Day 05 – Tamara

Yay! So I finally have my first willing female participant.

Meet Tamara my sister-in-law – Tamara and my brother have recently moved to Tauranga (our hometown) from Palmerston North. Tamara and my brother have been staying with us the past couple of days while she completes a short course here at Auckland Uni as a part of her Early Childhood Education degree. Thanks to the classic ‘pulling rank over younger siblings’ technique I convinced her and my brother to stand outside on the deck in the freezing 5pm breeze coming up through Hillsborough from the Manukau harbour.

Tamara is originally from Papua New Guinea and I actually met her older brother while he and I were serving a mission in Queensland, Australia a few years before she met my brother. I’m a fan of the one-sided fade that she’s rocking – I think it really suits her. It’s a pity I didn’t get more from that angle but I was trying to avoid the massive, stupid, power pylon that blocks our harbour views and every other Hillsborough/Mt Roskill resident.

Hopefully these portraits will pass the test and Tamara will be happy with them!

 

#100daysNZ #100dayer #Photography #Nikon #D600 #50mm #PNG #fade #fadez

Day 36 – Muhammad Ali

Day 36 – Muhammad Ali

#Illustration of #boxer #Muhammad #Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; is an #American former professional boxer, generally considered among the #greatest heavyweights in the sport’s history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is today widely regarded for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned “#Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC.

At the age of 22 he won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after that bout, Ali joined the Nation of #Islam and changed his name. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975. In 1967, three years after winning the #heavyweight title, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. The U.S. government declined to recognize him as a conscientious objector, however, because Ali declared that he would fight in a war if directed to do so by Allah or his messenger (Elijah Muhammad). He was eventually arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges and stripped of his #boxing title. He did not fight again for nearly four years—losing a time of peak performance in an #athlete’s career. Ali’s appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where in 1971 his conviction was overturned on a technicality. The Supreme Court held that, since the appeals board gave no reason for the denial of a conscientious objector exemption to petitioner, it was impossible to determine on which of the three grounds offered in the Justice Department’s letter that board had relied. Ali’s actions as a conscientious objector to the war made him an icon for the larger counterculture generation.

Ali revolutionized the sport by the sheer power and magnetism of his personality. At a time when most fighters let their managers do the talking, Ali was articulate, witty and loquatious. He easily controlled press conferences and interviews, spoke freely and intelligently about issues unrelated to boxing and wrote rhymes that humorously denigrated his opponents and predicted the round in which “they must fall.” Ali remains the only three-time lineal World Heavyweight #Champion; he won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978.

#Drawing in #adobeideas using #wacom #bamboostylus

#GOAT #TheGreatest #adobedrawing #louisville #rumble #rumbleinthejungle

Day 04 – Elder Bobby Brown

So you could probably say I’m cheating a little since I took this photo on Day 3 however I still did the editing process on Day 4 and I’m posting it today which is actually Day 5!

Anyway, today’s portrait is Elder Brown, another missionary that is currently serving in our congregation. Again I don’t know his first name so like Elder Smiddy Smith I have again applied some alliteration and have nicknamed him Bobby. I took the photo at night under fluorescent lighting so the conditions were so different to what I am used to. A lot of the photos I took had a fuzzy green tinge across them (you may be able to notice it on some of the photos where I wasn’t able to completely remove it) so I am keen to figure out what causes that and how to avoid it as I am sure there will be many other instances where I’ll need to photograph under fluorescent light. Anyone out there have any ideas or know exactly what the issue is?

Bobby is from the south-side… of Utah hahaha, from a place called Cedar City close to St George, Utah and a pretty close to the awesome Mt Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. My wife and I are heading there in August for work and hope to find some time to check out the awesome sights in those locations.

Again, for those who aren’t aware of what a missionary is or their purpose – they are young men and women who volunteer to give up 18 months – 2 years of their lives to preach, teach and serve, often in a community far different from the one in which they normally live. Having served for 2 years myself, the skills, abilities and experience I gained from forgetting myself and serving others was immeasurable and has continued to bless my life since completing my service.
Feel free to take a look at www.mormon.org or www.lds.org for more info if you feel so inclined.

 

#100daysNZ #100dayer #Photography #Nikon #D600 #50mm #whatsupwiththegreenfuzz #mormon #lds #missionary

Day 03 – Elder Smiddy Smith

Every Sunday my family and I attend church, and so with my camera in tow I thought it would be an ideal place to find some willing participants for my project. What I have learned very quickly in the first few days of my project is that females are ‘less excited’ about participating and being photographed hahaha.

So today’s portrait is Elder Smith, a missionary that is currently serving in our congregation. I don’t actually know what his first name is so I have nicknamed him Smiddy although I am sure if I upload it onto Facebook their tagging feature could find that out for me. I took the photo at night under fluorescent lighting so the conditions were so different to what I am used to. A lot of the photos I took had a fuzzy green tinge across them (you may be able to notice it on one of the photos above) so I am keen to figure out what causes that and how to avoid it as I am sure there will be many other instances where I’ll need to photograph under fluorescent light. Anyone out there have any ideas or know exactly what the issue is?

Smiddy is from the western side of Canada somewhere around Calgary (I can’t remember the actual city) however he has unique ties to NZ as his father is originally from New Zealand and is of Maori descent.
You can definitely see the Maori features in his face and of course the cheeky, mischievous look in the eyes (especially in the photo with the green tinge at the bottom.

So for those who aren’t aware of what a missionary is or their purpose – they are young men and women who volunteer to give up 18 months – 2 years of their lives to preach, teach and serve, often in a community far different from the one in which they normally live. Having served for 2 years myself, the skills and abilities I gained from forgetting myself and serving others was immeasurable and has continued to bless my life since completing my service.
Feel free to take a look at www.mormon.org or www.lds.org for more info if you feel so inclined.

 

#100daysNZ #100dayer #Photography #Nikon #D600 #50mm #whatsupwiththegreenfuzz #mormon #lds #missionary

Day 02 – Daluwyn

Today’s cute and curious little subject is my nephew Daluwyn. He is 4 years old and a very bright boy, always asking questions and telling stories. Like most of us here in Auckland, he wasn’t to happy to wake up to the wet and windy weather and the thought of being stuck inside all day.

I managed to get some nice shots of him looking out the window at the rain. One thing I like about photographing kids is that they aren’t so self-conscious about what they look like. I think this helps them to look natural and helps the photographer capture a better portrait of the individual.

His mother asked him to put his clothes on to get ready to go and I noticed he had put his knitted hoodie on backwards. When I pointed it out to him he said he doesn’t need to change it because he can still see out of the hoodie when it’s covering his face. He then proved it by pointing out all the things the could see. Hilarious!

 

Day 01 – Dom

Dom is a work colleague who graciously volunteered to help me with my project today as I wasn’t very prepared other than having my camera. I think this project will allow me to get out of my comfort zone and become more comfortable with talking to people I’ve not met before.

Like myself, Dom is quite reserved but is always willing to have a chat or join into a conversation with the group. I’m glad I was able to pull a good smile out of him.

#Photography #Portrait #100dayer #100daysNZ