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Prepress Services Guru

DolphinHi, I’m Jim Restle; my business card says “Prepress Services Guru” and this is my initial post.

After reading the inaugural blog post by Joe Metzger, President and co-owner, I asked him, “Who’s going to be the poor fool who has to follow that one?” I should have guessed it would be me. I’ve been out of school too long, for I forgot the basic rule… if you don’t want to get called on, keep your head down and don’t make eye contact.

Joe said I was up next and I needed to raise the bar. That’s not really possible, and I struggled with what to write. I won’t insult Tom and Joe’s experience by trying to make a business parallel with my own health experiences because I’ve been fortunate enough in that area. I thought about going for the funny or embarrassing (in a case of both, did you know Joe Metzger is a huge Justin Bieber fan, and does a spot-on version of ‘Baby’?). I also decided against philosophical ruminations… quite frankly I’m just not that deep. So I struggled with what to write.

"Joe Metzger is a huge Justin Bieber fan, and does a spot-on version of ‘Baby’"

Justin Bieber - Walmart.com/souncheck

Using a viewfinder as a window.

In the physical sense, my prepress chair is in the middle of the building, in a windowless office. With the main hallway and all of its traffic just steps away. To combat the noise and lack of natural light, as well as recharge, I like to get outside and do a little landscape and nature photography. Man makes things, but through my viewfinder it seems to me that nothing can top what God makes, and I try to capture it in its best light.

"...through my viewfinder it seems to me that nothing can top what God makes..."

Bear Rocks Preserve, Dolly Sods Wilderness, WV
 Bear Rocks Preserve, Dolly Sods Wilderness, WV

There’s also a creative process involved. On a daily basis, I see all sorts of creative design from clients. Yet I share none of those creative traits, whether it be drawing, painting, designing or making music. So photography allows me to creatively decide what to include or exclude. To discern patterns and shapes and shadows, and make, not just take a photograph.

Au Sable River Valley, MI
 Au Sable River Valley, MI

In the end, it seemed good to me to write about what I shoot, and the process behind it. I often see a business lesson in the photographs I make, but I’ll let you make your own conclusions.

"...to discern patterns and shapes and shadows, and make, not just take a photograph."

I don't fish.

This past March, on a visit to family in Florida, I visited the beach and fishing pier at Fort Desoto Park. The pier was lined on all sides by men and women fishing in in the Gulf of Mexico. But the main activity seemed to be the chatter about the dolphins that were eating all the fish. I don’t fish, but it seems like an issue with fishing from a pier is that you just stand still, waiting and hoping for a fish to come to you. But dolphins are active, going to where the fish are. And from the expression on this dolphin’s face, she definitely was having more fun than the fishermen. As for me, give me a camera over a fishing pole any day.

Fort Desoto Park, St. Petersburg, FL
 Fort Desoto Park, St. Petersburg, FL
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