Chris Got Very Wet. And Cold. #icebucketchallenge

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The Ice Bucket Challenge is taking the world in storm. And to those who say “enough already”, I respond: if you don’t want to see it, ignore it.

Here’s what this is about: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS. It’s a devastating disease of the nervous system and simply said: it kills in a slow and horrible way. Patients slowly lose control over their muscles. ALL their muscles. One of the more famous people with ALS is Stephen Hawking.

ALS is not fun. ALS is dead serious. And the ice bucket challenge isn’t making light of it. The challenge is a wonderful way to raise awareness, and it’s necessary because most people don’t even know what ALS is. It’s is a rare disease of the nervous system (approx. 30,000 US Americans have it) and as a result of that, the pharmaceutical industry has no incentive of making any serious investments into finding a cure.

Which is why everybody should chip in for ALS and all the other rare neurological diseases. A good place to do so is the ALS Assocication at www.alsa.org.

Back to the ice bucket and how I got involved: Jon Miller took the Ice Bucket Challenge and then challenged me.

After I did my part (and obviously donated too), I challenged Sean Galbraith (see his video here), Ingo Quendler (here is his video) and Sebastian “Schlingel” Wölfle (watch him get wet here).

You should seriously look up the translation for the German word “Schadenfreude” :)

tfttf647 – A Pan And A Stick Of Butter

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Today’s episode continues the amazing journey – YOUR amazing journey – to become a better photographer. Chris also got an ice bucket dumped over his head.. for a very good cause. And yes, there’s video of it.

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tfttf646 – Your First Step On The Journey To Become A Better Photographer

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Chris wants you to become a better photographer – come with him on a journey to explore photography and learn! The technical side is important, but the non-technical side is even more important – that’s where many photographers today want to improve. From now on, in every episode, Chris will pick a new video for you to watch to help expand your horizon – and don’t forget to discuss it in the comments below or on the TFTTF community at tfttf.com/community

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tfttf645 – Oh So Many Questions

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Here comes the long awaited Q&A show! Allistair asks about filters, Gavin wonders about the focus on his lens, Joanne shot the picture of her lifetime and needs marketing advice, Satchin has a question about depth of field in full-frame and crop cameras and John is a fan of Michael Kenna’s photography and wants to learn about long exposures.

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tfttf644 – Toys, The Key To Photographic Success

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Did hell just freeze over? Chris is talking about how gear and toys can help make you a better photographer. That’s unheard of.. unless you’re listening to this episode of Tips from the Top Floor!

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May 2014: Mt. Everest
May 2015: Darjeeling First Flush
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