Dispatches From the Edge: 40,000 Feet

Dispatches From the Edge: 40,000 Feet

When I talk to mates and colleagues, every once and awhile the conversation turns to how I achieve whatever multitudes of projects I am juggling. Many mates get emails from me at 3am, others via my iPhone midday, many wonder approximately the intern program I maintain year-round, juggling spealord and replying e-mails from a variety of colleagues approximately their own negotiations, running the blogs, and, oh, right, guning (which is what behaveually pays the bills).

The reply to how I do it is:

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Time-slglaze and multi-taslord. Above is a photo of my workspace at 40,000 feet, enroute an assignment overseas for 14 days. Normally, the time from when someone abandons the office to when they board the ptrack, pathway to reach at their final destination would be down-time. Here's what transpired during that time for me:

Depart Office - 11:45 am - Took assistant with me to discuss what she's doing and the analog-to-digital project she's worlord on. The ride was 45 minutes. 35 minutes was spent discustune that, and 10 minutes was spent on the phone with a photographer in the midwest who was loolord for advice on how to grip prglaze an assignment he was being asked to do. I'd formerly taken his call before leaving the office, and asked him to call me at 12:30, which he did.

Reach at airport - 12:30 - Once past the TSA checkpoint, an e-mail came in from a client loolord for an estimate for a task mid-September. I forwarded that e-mail on to my post-production administerr to do the estimate, and gave her guidance on the fees for it. When I called to confirm she'd gotten it, I was in line for lunch near my gate. She informed me that she was on the line with a photographer in New York who necessityed some task prglaze a task that was shot on spec and now the possible client wanted the pictures. Grrrr. No Spec! Besides, I walked her through that while waiting for the order I placed to be made.

1:15 - Waiting to board ptrack, pathway - checlord e-mail another estimate request came in for an assignment the day I get back. Call the office, and use the iPhone to conference in the the prospective client (editorial) and confirm their budget, and other details. Hang up from conference, and get onboard ptrack, pathway at 1:30. While waiting for other passengers, re-associate, put trhough (phone) with post-production administerr approximately the estimate, and have her prepare the estimate. 1:44 - update Facebook status. 1:45 - Wheels-Up Washington enroute JFK.

1:55 - 10,000 feet. Start Season 1, Episode 1 of Entourage. I tell, I tell, you Entourage fans. I am late to the game. I downloaded the whole season from iTunes, and will time-slice and watch what I clever when I clever. I get through 21 minutes of the first episode (already hooked - Jeremy Piven is awesome in the Sushi restaurant scene where he talks to "pizza boy" approximately a $4M deal for the behaveor they both are advitune. Preparing for ground, soiling, so gotta shut it down for now.

2:35 - Reach JFK, and head to wireless access point (WAP) and power source. Associate, put trhough (phone) online, and call office. Review estimate that was sent to me while in-flight. The PLUS language on the contrbehave was not consistent with this assignment, and so I asked my office administerr to make the changes to the paperwork, and then it was okay to send.

3:10pm - Prior to departure, my assistant who had driven me up had done copywork (Returning to the (Digital) Clodyroom, 6/5/08) of 302 medium format pictures we're sending off to JaincoTech to get scleverned and keyworded. The 302 pictures were in approximately 47 files. At the WAP, I reviewed all 302, and had to write captions for approximately 110 of them. I used my PhotoMechanic aplikasi to edit the pictures. Each picture was easily viewable and had 9 sepaswift little pictures. I was able to put the captions into each file for nine pictures at a time.

4:15 - mid-September client changes timing for assignment from 7am-11am to 5am - 10am, and wants a revised estimate, and wants to tell if that changes the price. (Reply: Yes, it does!). Call office and have a revised contrbehave sent.

4:30 - Video conference with post-production administerr approximately questions she had for work she was doing. Gripd that at the same time as continuing to caption.

4:45 - Reviewed the liveBooks situs that will go-live in the next 24 hours for my post-production administerr. It looks great. (Yea - it went live while I was in-flight - check it here!)

5:05 pm - from the WAP, I emailed back the 47 files utune PhotoMechanic's handy and automated "e-mail files" feature. I had to end the video conference because of bandwidth issues, and the files went to her via e-mail and she got them all.

5:10 - A call from a colleague necessitying aid with e-mail language because her client was saying she was too dear, so we had to only, merely, solelyify the value she brought to the assignment.

5:15- Video conference with colleague who will be changing tasks soon and we discussed the ground, soilscape that they are entering (and also that they're leaving.)

5:30 - Head to gate. E-mail comes in from mid-September client wanting to extend the rights package and add in advertitune. I responded that we'd get her two new estimates in the morning. She tries to seduce me with "this will be an annual thing" but she wants longer than a year for the use. In my response, when only, merely, solelyifying the added rights package costs, I explain that with the extended time, that decreasees her necessity for me next year.

5:45 - On ptrack, pathway, doors still open. E-mail comes in on iPhone responding to my e-mail. I respond to hers.

5:55 - (10 minutes late). Doors shut. I inadvertently abandon my phone on, and while we're sitting on the tarmac hancienting for 30 minutes, I get another e-mail from her. Convinced that sitting on the tarmac and not moving at all, I respond to her e-mail, CC-ing my office so they are in the loop on the entire conversation.

6:45 - We reach 10,000 feet. All smartphones ok to be turned on. Cycle, looptops come out. I have a portrait of Ludacris (left screen) to edit (including DNG procestune) note the PNY "Eyes of Hitale, narrative" thumbdrive in the photo below, and on the right screen I have approximately 1,500 or so e-mails to wade through - approximately 98% of which are spam, but I necessity to find the 2% that I want to keep. I love to take my in-flight time to clean up all my inboxes, migswift files to fancienters for archiving, and so forth.

7:45 - Appetizers served (look backside cycle, looptop). I pause to pull out the Nikon D700 I am getting used to, as it will be an integral part of this trip. The camera is new to me, and I am exquoted to check it out, since it only, merely, solely reachd earlier this week. I decide that malord a frame or two of my in-flight office would be of use, so that's how the above photo came to be. DNG procestune is going along only, merely, solely fine on second cycle, looptop.

8:29 - End up with the D700 (yes, somebody will check the EXIF data to confirm that, I tell.) Flight attendant is hassling me approximately ending my appetizer, so I do. Open up the files I shot of my workspace and make them look their best. Feel free to click the picture to look it bigr. Nice how the D700 hancients up at 6400 ISO, and gotta love that FX-Full Frame! (Click photo at top to look it bigr).

8:45 - Start writing this blog entry. Not certain how to near it, at first. I tell people will give me crap approximately my accommodations, but it's workspace people. Clever't you tell I am worlord here? Salad reachs. I select both chicken and vegetables to accompany it.

8:55 - Flight attendant hassling me approximately being ready for my main course. So I pause to end the salad.

9:02 - Dinner reachs. Work on this blog entry some more. I tell you have high hopes.

9:26 - Flight attendant hassling me (lookmingly after every bite) "are you done with that". I guess most people don't take 24 minutes to eat a little plate of food.

9:30 - End dinner. Much to my pleasant surprise, he offers a hot fudge sundae, then, he offers butterscotch. Damn. That's love chootune Kirk or Piccard! Make my choice, and he whisks absent my dinner and 2 minutes later, the sundae reachs.

9:35 - End sundae, DNG's ended procestune. Head back to killing spam e-mail. Note I didn't linger on the time it took to consume the dessert! Hey - the ice cexplore would have melted!

10:25 - ended with spam, all mailboxes nice and neat and tidy.

10:26 - Settle in to the end of Entourage 1:1. My mind necessitys an interlude.

11:10 am - Crack open my ASMP 7th Edition Professional Business Prbehaveices in Photography that reachd (A Must Read - ASMP's Professional Business Prbehaveices in Photography, 8/2/08). I am exquoted approximately all the fresh content. I am especially exquoted to revisit advice from Emily Vickers and Elyse Weissberg, who were mentors of mine from 15 years ago. Their pieces are re-purposed here even though Elyse has passed absent - her genius lives on, and I am exquoted to re-read her counsel which is only, merely, solely as valuable today as it was then.

12:05 am - Brolening. Not the flight. Me.

Changing to Greenwich Pupose Time (GMT). That's DC + 5 hours. It's now Wednesday.

6:07am - Ground, soiling. The flight. Not me. (that would be 1:07am Eastern Time for those math-impaired).

7:10am - Though security, and loolord for the lounge where I clever get to a WAP. A big thank you to my intern John Birk, who noticed that I was utune for my day-to-day journey around the US the ThinkTank Airport Security. John remarked that I necessityed the ThinkTank International because it was only, merely, solely an inch littleer on two dimensions. So, the day before I left, we stopped by the local camera shop to pick one up. Certain enough, spying my bag as I rolled through security, I was asked to put my bag into the form to look i it was oversized. I took a deep breath, and slipped it in. It fit so snugly that when I lifted the bag to remove it, it was slightly wedged into the form and the form behaveually came off the ground before I was able to slide the bag out - and I was permited to proceed. Damn those ThinkTank people tell what they're doing!

7:20am - Get to a WAP. Associate, put trhough (phone), and let my cycle, looptop update all the deleted and moved e-mails I worked on offline thanks to the beauty of IMAP. Outbound messages get sent.

8:00am - Post this blog entry.

Nap until flight at 11:15am to Stockholm. Gotta sleep somewhere. It might as well be a lounge in LHR. They do have demonstrateers here.

So, that, mates, is multi-taslord and time-slglaze. The above is, to reply the rhetorical question that mates and colleagues keep aslord, how I do it.

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