20160929 Spotlighting Vanderhoof Photography International Services.


I am just doing a post here folks to let you all know what I do and offer.
Vanderhoof Photography is a one-person mobile business.
I have no home office.
I am international traveling, and a Jack-of-ALL-TRADES.
I do photography, in a variety of styles, photojournalism, product, portrait and my favorites landscape & night photography, light painting.
As a light painting night photographer, I have a deeper understanding in lighting moods than most daylight photographers.

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As a Photo Editor of 6 weekly newspapers for 9 years, I have an eye for what sells as well whether hard news or advertising.
Since my product to invent was at age 4 years old and that item in 1962 became a Fad for over 10 years, I have a long history of making sales and knowing market direction.

1967 news article punch card wreath

1967 news article on the punch card wreath

I have background in writing and my best piece of writing was the single page letter that outlined the creation of the International Space Station. A long story but NASA has not tried to challenge me story.
It is a previous blog post. Written in 1983, I turned the NASA and world around in about 4 months.
In 1975, I wrote a high school paper on Karen Silkwood, in 1983 Karen Silkwood was featured in a major motion picture as the title & about the nuclear industry bad behavior, just as I had pointed out in my High school report.


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Karen Gay Silkwood (February 19, 1946 – November 13, 1974) was an American chemical technician and labor union activist known for raising concerns about corporate practices related to health and safety of workers in a nuclear facility. Her mysterious death received extensive coverage and was the subject of a victorious lawsuit against chemical company Kerr-McGee. Silkwood was portrayed by Meryl Streep in Mike Nichols‘ 1983 Academy Award-nominated film Silkwood.

She worked at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron Fuel Fabrication Site plant near Crescent, Oklahoma, United States. Silkwood’s job was making plutonium pellets for nuclear reactor fuel rods. This plant experienced theft of plutonium by workers during this era. She joined the union and became an activist on behalf of issues of health and safety at the plant as a member of the union’s negotiating team, the first woman to have that position at Kerr-McGee. In the summer of 1974, she testified to the Atomic Energy Commission about her concerns.

For three days in November, she was found to have plutonium contamination on her person and in her home. That month, while driving to meet with David Burnham, a New York Times journalist, and Steve Wodka, an official of her union’s national office, she died in a car crash under unclear circumstances.

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My 1st front page photo as a freelance photographer, yes a night shot. The shot of Steve hanging on a rope is AM…


I have background in graphic design, painting with oils & acrylics and studying the “Old Masters”, plus my 1st darkroom was at age 16 years old. 1974. In 1976 I had my 1st front page freelance photo. Yes, it was a night shot too.

In 1983, a roommate asked a question, that lead to my creating the International Space Station. That story is also in a previous blog post
In 1988, the newspaper I worked for held the company wide meeting  and laughed at me for suggesting that the internet & computer graphics was something to think about getting into. 1992, I was helping install computers networks & teaching the use of modems & Mac computers based on my home screen printing business for that SAME newspaper publisher.
In 1993-94, I released 3 postcards, that were still on sale in 2007. I had only a “Photo byline” so the company had to be making money off the postcards to still be selling all 3 postcards 14 years later.


I have something over 50 different job titles in 7 fields that I have collected pay in or done as a personal business.
There is not too many things you want photographed, I haven’t got a clue of what the customer wants.
I DO NOT do weddings, birthdays, politician parties/celebrations/events or religious ceremonies, unless I want to cover the photojournalism story for myself. I don’t care about big egotistical people.
I do cover hard factual evidence photojournalism.
I have a Spiritual mark that is the highest mark on the planet as it is given by a God, not a human. Bible Revelation 2:17.This is from a Study Bible, red ink means it is Jesus Christ spoken words and can NOT CHANGE FROM ONE BIBLE TO THE NEXT. Note the plural on churches, the lack of Who’s church being named and no human can over ride “Christ’s” decision. It is a true “God Object” no human being can change it & so far no Spiritual being has been able to offer any suggestions of anything else changing it. It will remain on my soul forever.

I do NOT BELONG TO ANY RELIGION, as this is a requirement of my keeping the Revelations 2:17 mark, which is a spiritual energy mark on my soul. I MUST HEAR ALL SPIRITS that want to talk to me. You must go to the Spiritual Realm to see it or look “with spiritual sight” at my right hand. If I belonged to a religion, it would be necessary to LIE for that religion.
It can’t be a physical object because someone could steal it or I could drop it out of my pocket thereby losing it and the someone could learn the “Unknowable name”.
I have studied advertising since 13 years old and understand what sells and how to sell products, using the principals of psychology, and knowing how the human person looks and sees things to buy.
I offer my services over the internet through a varieties of websites that allow me to make your files available to you from anywhere in the world where internet is available.

Just playing around,

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and from a posted article of “how a photo or graphic piece works” Leading lines,

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While almost everything in the photo leading the viewer’s eye to the city is a random movement element, the directional leading lines are there. Norway 2015, Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2016

I don’t like rich fancy living quarter when I am somewhere on site doing jobs. Simple means and close to ordinary people of than land. Vegetarian foods, with a little fish or fowl. No Beef, Pork or other red meats, I am allergic to it.
I also have a special enjoyment of First Nations, native spiritual rites. Not of tourist performances, but talking to and being around the elders & ancient ways. Because of my spiritual connections these people mean the most to me.

I have and offer a large variety of skills. These different sites are maintained by me as I travel internationally.

I offer custom made tee-shirts on Vida.com



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http://www.vanderhoofphotography.zenfolio.com marketing & Client site:   My products are available from vendors in Europe, North America and Australia. E-books are also available for download off my site. Client access is world wide.


I answer questions on Quora.com


I write for Medium.com


I am also on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram

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So if you have need either by internet or a future on site photographic job, I am available.

All images copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2016


Hum….I been busy, building the business.

Setting moon at Trona Pinnacles Mojave Desert

Crescent moon with Venus and star (?) setting at Trona Pinnacles 2015

I’m not avoiding everyone, just been setting up the admin stuff for Google and other parties to help me learn to track my website usage/visits.

Since I am building a business that will let me travel with my 90 yr. old father around the world (his love of life, see his map in earlier post), I have a lot of things to do. (yeah, I’m chasing travel stuff on the internet for him too, coffee breaks, so to speak.)

Since this a NEW business, I got a lot of work to do to make it happen locally as well. Got pay to play, so I’m accepting requests for local work. (is you head spinning yet?)

AND OF COURSE, I’ve got to shoot photos and do photography business and blogging as well. (sometimes I remember to eat and sleep)

So the photo is a kind of burning the midnight oil, kind of thought for this post. Shot with my Tamron SP 70-200mm Di VC USD with the 2x tele-converter  at Trona Pinnacles last week.

I got a couple posts in the works, hopefully I have one up later today, some photo challenges I’ve entered.

Till then,

Creative Shooting,


Work Smarter, NOT harder! Let you computer do it’s job!


Red Rock Canyon, Mojave, Calif. Photo by Clive Alcock

Red Rock Canyon, Mojave, Calif. Photo by Clive Alcock

I’m back, down with recovery from a hernia operation.
Next six weeks or so I’ll be under doctor’s orders not to pick up much weight, max. 10lbs!
Boss said “Work or Quit!” I quit, my health comes before Jerry’s golf games or profits. (I knew it was coming, six months of having the hernia and nothing changed in my job work load AND he told me in Nov. he would not give me 1-2 days time off for recovery.)
So I was working for Minuteman Press Gardena for the past 7 and half years and to my frustration and amusement in all that time, the owner of the business did not want to hear what I knew about graphic computer workstations, needs for running programs or maintaining the system. Jerry watched the computer crash many times, he would just walk away. He would see me and hear me tell him many times that “I was waiting for the computer to think!”, in other words I was “sitting on my butt, doing nothing because the computer was over loaded.”

I have been working, using, maintaining, computer graphic workstations since 1989. While NO expert, I have been taking computers apart, reading about them, and using them for a long time under working conditions. My brother has been doing computer IT since 1985ish (currently at Northrop Gruman). My son has studied computer engineering and builds his computers buying the parts instead of buying pre-made kits.
Now at this point I can hear you all yelling “Talk to the computer IT person!”
I did! Six years ago, he walked in with a NEW computer, I asked, “How much RAM?” His comment, “Enough!” Never a question about what was needed to run the station. Had the same problems.

4 years ago I told him that the C drive was full. He put in a D drive and walked away.
For you non-tech people here is the problem, Almost ALL the various programs you use on a computer, (PC, MAC, UNIX, LINUX, etc) use a Temporary file on the MAIN C drive. Adobe Photoshop let’s you change the scratch file to a different drive. I have yet to see any other programs that will let you do this EASY, and I have seen that most programs DON”T let you do anything at all.
So, with no room on the C drive, your computer crashes, programs run slow or not at all, you can only have a few programs open. If you go to print, the PRINT QUE has no room to Spool the file. Windows will if sensing a shortage of RAM, make Virtual Memory to help out, it uses the C drive for the Virtual memory, opps, nothing there again.
I told him a few months later when he came in, it was still an issue.
Server crashed 2 years ago, (I made a backup drive just before it crashed!) told IT again of the problem. No change. 6 months ago, IT made comment of having ME write him a note of what programs I use so he would know what to save when he upgraded the system. Windows 98 is the operating system…..no program on the computer other than FireFox was newer than 2 years. WinZip a program I would use every month, Jerry doesn’t want to buy it! So every month I uninstall it, and re-install it so that it gives another 30 days trial. Loss of time 10 to 25 minutes depending on the state of the computer and what was being worked on when I needed to unzip a file. 12 months times 15 minutes is 3 hours lost time/wages! I was only being paid $15 per hour, so that means he only threw away $45 per year for a program that costs $30. Been doing that for 7 and a half years!!!! Sure it was less of a loss, when my wages were less. BUT time lost is the same, problem too that $78 per hour computer rate has been the rate since I came to MMP in 2007. Add it up, 10s of thousands of dollars lost in potential income.

Are you seeing the pattern?? I spoke to the Franchise Area Manager. Again, numerous comments on my past experience and comments of computer problems. He sold  Jerry a bootleg program that we spent 2-3 weeks trying to get running and finally just bought the program. Losses, 10-15 hours labor, customer put off and delayed. A new area manger came into the area a few months back. When I told him of Jerry offering “Work or Quit!” in direct violation of the Family Medical Leave Act and that I was moving on anyway, but wanted to show him how the MMP Franchise was losing money for the independent owners. Instant responsive was to accept, but he never talked to me about it. When I answered the phone on the last day on the job, Caller ID told me who it was, he paused 10 to 15 seconds before asking for Jerry. Paused again when I asked who was calling. A definite willingness to NOT learn! Have not heard from the Executive V.P. in New York. Used my Linkedin.com account to email him a few days ago.

So if you are in business for yourself, or want less frustration at the job……Look at what you are spending money on. I spent 30 minutes a day opening and closing programs. Nothing more. That equals 10 hours a month! $15 per $150 per month in the garbage, $1800 per year! My NEW ASUS ROG G751JY-DH71 laptop cost $2500 plus program upgrades, in less than 2 years he throws away that much money, in ONE action. THINK of what he is losing by ALL THE THINGS his under-powered computer system is costing him. Now think of this, MMP Gardena charged $78 per hour for my time on the computer, 10 hours per month is $780 of un-realized profits, $9360 per year lost!

(Look for a blog post coming on what I did right out of the box to this laptop that had ASUS saying it couldn’t be done and my showing screen shots of the computer not only working after I CHANGED IT, but also coming close to the limits I was worried about. yep brand new and near limits)

I know from running businesses that if you are throwing money away You will not be in business very long unless you have a lot of money to lose!

So stay tuned!

I’ve been out shooting Southern California (40,000+ images), talking to experts, reading 100s of books, connecting on other blogs and forums. Joined the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Camera Committee and I am Editor of their monthly newsletter Focal Points. Changed my profession to full time photographer and going to make a Go of it.

If you live in the Los Angeles County area and want to discuss my coming out and showing you my laptop vs your cheap great deal computer, so you can see what it means to your work flow and labor hours, contact me and I will make arrangements to do consulting for you. Otherwise find a computer IT company that Analyzes what you intend to do with the computer equipment. Desktop systems are Less expensive, more versatile, more powerful. I have to use a laptop for now, but am researching my desktop system I will build in the next 6 months to a year.



Happy Shooting!