Tips for First-TIme Nature Photographers

  Jeremiah Caughron serves as a sales manager at Aire Serv but also spends his free time on photography. His work in photography is often of nature scenes with a focus on capturing old buildings or rural roadways. Jeremiah Caughron has also taken photos of various wildlife including bobcats, elk, and deer.

Aspiring nature photographers have a couple of important things to consider before immersing in the hobby. Here are some tips for taking photos of nature:

1. Don’t forget the nature part of nature photography. Dressing according to the weather is very important when out and about. Have layers on hand, especially when in the mountains where weather conditions can change very quickly. A good pair of shoes is also a must.

2. The time of day can dictate what animals can be found. During dawn and dusk is when most animals can be seen. The golden hour, the first and last hours of sunlight each day, can also provide particularly vivid lighting for any photo.

3. Be patient and don’t forget to charge your camera. For longer excursions, it may also be worth bringing an extra battery for that perfect shot.

IICRC Certifications

  With almost ten years of experience as a sales manager, Jeremiah Caughron is the owner of Tayga Texas, LLC. Besides his work in real estate, Jeremiah Caughron participates in several associations related to his industry, including the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and Permian Basin Builders.

IICRC is a nonprofit with members in the cleaning and restoration industry. This global association counts over 60,000 active certified technicians and 6,000 certified firms in the US and internationally.

The organization provides 25 possible certifications for workers in the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industry who are interested in professional development and acquiring IICRC master designations. The three types of certifications are Inspection, Restoration, and Textile, and each has its prerequisites.

Some certifications are required for obtaining the available IICRC Master Designations, of which there are three – Master Textile Cleaner, Master Fire and Smoke Restorer, and Master Water Restorer.

Each course and certification has specific materials and in-person classes that take place over two to five days followed by the exam. After the exams’ completion, the certification is mailed about a month later.

After being certified by IICRC, continuing education classes are required to keep the certification current. Certificates require 14 hours of classes every four years, except for the master and inspector certifications, which require 14 hours every two years.

The general renewal process consists of paying IICRC annually to maintain the certification and participate in continuing education classes.

Three Things to Know Before You Start a DIY Tiling Job

  Jeremiah Caughron is a real estate and construction professional and a sales manager for Aire Serv. Passionate about making living spaces safer and more attractive, Jeremiah Caughron enjoys DIY home remodeling projects, such as tiling floors.

Installing tiles on a concrete floor looks easy on television remodeling shows, but in reality, the job is complicated. Here are three things you should know before you begin tiling your floor:

Thinset is difficult to mix. Thinset must be mixed with water in the correct ratio to become a smooth solution. Mixing thinset is physically strenuous. Novices will notice dry lumps in their mixtures. While letting the thinset settle for about 10 minutes will allow the lumps to absorb moisture and become smoother, the wait times can be limiting. The best option for a first time installer is to purchase premixed thinset.

Cracks in the concrete should be repaired before you tile. At the point of a crack, the concrete will not be able to support the tile. This eventually will lead to cracked tiles. Before you lay a tile, fill cracks less than an eighth of an inch with suppression compounds. For larger sections, remove the concrete and install a new slab.

Floors that are not flat are a nightmare to tile. Before you apply thinset, check the floor with a straight edge to identify low spots. If any of these spots are more than a quarter of an inch deep, apply thinset over them to make the surface even. If the floor is severely uneven, use a self-leveling compound to create a consistently flat surface.

Before John Wayne Was “John Wayne” – His Early Years

  A sales manager for the heating and air conditioning firm Aire Serv, Jeremiah Caughron also owns a construction company located in the southwest. When he is not at work, Jeremiah Caughron enjoys the many films of John Wayne.

Wayne’s early life gave no hint of his future stardom. He was born Marion Morrison in Iowa in 1907. But 4 years later, his family moved to Glendale, California, where he acquired a terrier named “Little Duke,” giving rise to his preferred nickname of Duke.

He attended the University of Southern California, and had a brief football career that was cut short by injury. Wayne found work in a props department in the new community of Hollywood. In the late 1920s, he met director John Ford, who cast him in bit parts in his silent films. It was also the start of a lifelong friendship.

Wayne’s substantial physical presence helped him win a leading role in a major western, The Big Trail, where he learned the riding skills that lent credibility to his portrayals. Director Raoul Walsh renamed Marion Morrison, calling him John Wayne after the colonial-era general Mad Anthony Wayne.

The 1930s saw Wayne appear in numerous B westerns and serials. He occasionally played other types of roles, including one opposite Barbara Stanwyck in Baby Face. The decade ended with a breakout role as the Ringo Kid in John Ford’s Stagecoach, which was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Firmly established in the public eye, Wayne made hit westerns and took heroic roles in World War II films. Ever conscious of his public image as a decent man, Wayne refused to be shown shooting a man in the back in his final film, The Shootist. He died of lung cancer in 1979.