Zurich by Morning / by Bill Frakes

August brought home what I really love about working in the USA. The simple, sweet and almost naive. Nothing fancy, just good solid old photojournalism and storytelling.

A frog jumping competition in Valley City for Sports Illustrated. It was featured on SI.com and in the iPad edition of the magazine as a leading off and a multimedia.

A week teaching multimedia and hanging with friends like Seth Gitner on Minnesota's Border Lakes for Apple.

The NFL Hall of Fame game in Canton, OH for Sports Illustrated.

Shooting a music video of Bluegrass Legend Ricky Skaggs from the Grand Ole Opry with our friends from Nikon--Bill Pekala, Mark Suban and Bill Fortney

The Tom Watson Watermelon Festival in Thomson, GA which got wonderful display on the iPad edition of Sports Illustrated, and also on SI.com. Again an iPad leading off and a multimedia in the magazine.

Sports Illustrated sent us to Georgetown, KY to spend some time with Cincinatti Bengals defensive lineman Tank Johnson. Incredible access and cooperation. It was an epic shoot. You can see it on SI.com, and in the iPad edition of the magazine.

We closed out August with time in Los Angeles and Dallas teaching and making multimedias.

In Dallas, we shot a BMX race that SI.com and SIKids.com both posted.

After five weeks enjoying part of an American summer, we are back in Europe. Watching the sun roll up over the Alps, the river valleys thick with fog, knowing that very shortly I would be enjoying a delicious continental breakfast filled my entire being with goodness.

Laura and I are in Switzerland shooting and teaching this week.