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When I started blogging back in January, I had two ideas in mind.  First, I wanted a blog that was about photography.  I wanted to share my love for photography with my readers, and offer help should they want it.  Second, I wanted to start doing product reviews.

From time to time, companies will send products to bloggers to let them test it out and write about them.  The logic behind this being that the blogger can get the word out about their product to many, many people with a real world opinion about the product.  It helps the company gain potential customers and gets the bloggers more traffic.

A few months ago, I started a second blog solely dedicated to product reviews.  I also post the reviews on this blog when I do them, but that blog will only have product reviews on it.  When I review a product, it goes on both sites.

I have only found a few companies so far to review products for, and would really like to find a few more.  So far, LowePro has been great about sending me camera bags to test and review.  I am trying to keep the focus of the blog to photography products, but will add motorcycle products as well.  Both genres play a huge part in my life, and I think I can bring a great deal of info to both markets.

Not only do I have my reader base, but I have Twitter and Facebook.  Along with them, I have 2,700 people that are members of The Product Review Place to share the information with.  So, the products would get a ton of exposure.  My reviews are posted on that site as well.

So, if you are a company that has a product that you need reviewed, please leave me a comment and I will get in touch with you about what we may be able to do for each other.  See ya soon!

*Image courtesy of Consolidated Freight Co.

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I am following up on a previous blog I wrote about some of the people I interact with on an almost daily basis.  Some of these you will have seen before, but I have added a few others to the list that I have met over the last month or so.

The coolest of the cool

Dom P. – One of the funniest guys I know.
Jerry P. – Dom’s brother and the other funniest guy I know.
Cassie – Organizer extraordinaire of the Albany Tweetup.
Kelly – See Kelly for special ‘meat’ sales.
Emily – Kelly’s co-worker and photographer.  Check out her blog.
John J. – Albany’s own celebrity.  Everyone knows John.
Bill – Beer guru and tech dood.
Keith – Web designer and all around good guy.
Andrew – Code guru and blogger.
Ellie – Loves her parakeet and her blog.  Self proclaimed techy geek.
Rose – My honey.  She also has a blog.
Brian – Shoots video like a pro with his new 7d
Humbearto – Reporter for the Times Union.  Moved to Seattle and Albany misses him greatly.
CuteElla – Heart of gold and she also has a blog
Jim – Phish fanatic
Stickfigureman – awesome Stick Figure posts
Angelos – Beer and wine brewer
Amy – PR, Social Media consultant and blogger
Kevin – No nonsense, tell it like it is kinda guy.  He has a blog too.  Also a self proclaimed “sex symbol”.
Terri – Our favorite Realtor.  She is the best.  Her blog rocks too.
Sue – Local 911 dispatcher.
AllOverAlbany – Great blog and good people.
John G. – Producer and voice actor in Albany
TonyWeb designer.
IrisiraBlog
Jaci Sabolsky
Jennifer McIntosh
Katie the Intern
MetalFrog – Web site guru

Here’s a few categories of people or companies that I follow and interact with on a regular basis.  Feel free to follow them if you’re interested.

Photography

Scott BournePhotofocus blogger and photography pioneer.
Trey Ratcliff – AKA Stuck in Customs. Some of the most amazing HDR I have ever seen.
Amazing Pics – They pick out great pics and share them.
Nikon – The best cameras in the world.
Alex Suarez – Photography and technology blog.
Adorama – Photography supplies.
Fluck – Photography blog
Canvas On DemandSite for great canvas prints.  I had them print a 16×20 for me and it was gorgeous.
Peta Pixel – Awesome blog with tips and tricks for photographers.

Motorcycles

Harley Brother – Harley events
Joe Rocket – A motorcycle junkie with some great links
Harley-Davidson© – The motorcycle company, silly.
Kurt Sutter – Executive Producer of Sons of Anarchy.
Motorcycle Fans – Awesome news and a daily photo blog

News

Kristi Gustafson – Times Union’s OTE blogger.
Amanda Talar – Times Union’s East Greenbush blogger.
Naomi Seldon – Times Union’s Simpler Living blogger.
Channel 10 News
Metroland

Cars

Top Gear
Keeler Motor Car

Blogs (Those not mentioned previously)

Rude Cactus Blog
GreebleMonkeyPhotoblog
WordPressBlogging platform
Christa WatsonIt’s Like Christ with an A
Albany InsuranceAlbany Insurance Professional
Rob MadeoMan of a Certain Age
Kari VanAlstineChronicles of Chronic Pain and Wreckless Abandon
Jen HernandezSweetly Tart

Miscellaneous

Uncommon Grounds – Coffee house in Albany and Saratoga
Price Chopper – Grocery shopping
511 Traffic – Local traffic
Boob Emancipate – Who doesn’t like boobs?
InTune GP -My cousin’s husband.  He makes guitar picks for a majority of the rock bands out there.
Newegg – Computer parts at great prices.
Woot – Daily deals.
Wootoff – Crazy specials.
Shawn KingYour Mac Life

That’s quite a few of the people I follow.  Please feel free to add people or businesses that I missed or that you think would be good to follow.  Please follow me at TCRPMG and subscribe to this blog.  See ya soon!

**Image borrowed from http://2.bp.blogspot.com/ ***

And that’s how I am feeling lately.  Up all night, then lay down for a few hours.  I am not sure why I haven’t been sleeping lately, but it lead me to write this blog.  So, maybe it’s not such a bad thing.  Today, Rose and I are going to New York City.  She won tickets to see a band called Cavo at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.  Pretty cool, right?  She’s pretty lucky at winning things like that.  I personally suck at winning much of anything.

I really enjoy the city.  I will admit that I haven’t been a ton of times, but each time I do, it is amazing.  There is so much to see and do there.  I started out in the late 90s going down for the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center.  As you may have noticed, I am a huge car junkie.  At the auto show, you get to see all of the new cars, as well as some concept cars that may turn into future production cars.

Inside the Javits Center

Inside the Javits Center

The first time I went down, I was like Jethro from the Beverly Hillbillies.  I know.  Pathetic.  I grew up in a very small town.  I was amazed by the buildings.  I remember walking from our hotel up to Times Square and hitting a restaurant at 1am for dinner.  It seemed so unreal back then.  Now, it seems perfectly normal.

Back in 2008, I got a rare opportunity.  A friend of mine writes a blog and he asked us to join him as Press at the PhotoPlusExpo.  I was glad to accept his offer.  We took the train down to the city and headed to the Javits Center.  It was amazing.  All of the big names were there.  Nikon, Canon, Manfrotto, Calumet, Adorama, B&H…you name it in the camera industry and they were there.

After the show, we met up with my TCRPMG co-organizer Angela and her husband.  We walked around the city and eventually ended up in Times Square.  By the time we got there, we were starving, and having a hard time deciding what to eat with all of the choices that were there.  We ended up going to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. right in Times Square.  I do not recommend it.  The seafood was not great, even though the service was.

Here are some of the pictures that I took that day.  I hope you enjoy them.

A HDR pic made with photomatix

A HDR pic made with photomatix

I loved the reflections in this building

I loved the reflections in this building

This guy was selling Palin, Obama and McCain condoms

This guy was selling Palin, Obama and McCain condoms

Construction

Construction

Times Square using a mailbox as a tripod

Times Square using a mailbox as a tripod

As I said earlier in this post, we will be heading to the Hard Rock in Times Square.  Here are a few pics I took in the Hard Rock while we were there.

Pink guitar

Pink guitar

Hanging out

Hanging out

Have you been to New York City?  Tell me about it.  What did you like?  Not like?