It has been a very memorable week.
Of course the photo contest and all of the wonderful response has been the highlight! The outpouring of support and expressions of appreciation for my photography have been amazing. I love photography, one of the things I have been steadfast about is to shoot things I like to shoot and to shoot them for me first. I do not shoot for what might have wide appeal, what could be commercial, or what I think others might like. I try to get a different look at places and things that may have been photographed a million times before and put my own twist on them. Therefore, it is especially gratifying when others appreciate my images. Never have I felt as much appreciation for them as I have during this contest period. I’m excited to have won the contest and have a new tool in my tool belt, but the best thing about it all has been all of the kind words and warm wishes from near and far.
I’ve had very little time to play with the D7000 since Monday, but every time I do I continue to be impressed. Shot a couple of low light tests on Claire’s legos tonight and the performance at high ISO is a huge step up; even from the D300 which is no slouch on it’s own! Still much to learn before it becomes second nature like my other cameras, looking forward to getting more time with it.
I’ve been shooting graduation portraits at Portland State Bookstore’s Grad Fair the past two days. It has been a lot of fun and very well received, much higher response than I was expecting. Studio style portraits are far from my first love, but the students and families really made it a joy to do. I think we got some good photos and they all seemed very happy with the results and appreciative of the fact that the Bookstore was providing the service. I found out that Bill Purcell, one of the graduation vendors, is a photographer and Nikon shooter and look forward to talking to him more about it on a less busy day.
Speaking of fellow photographers; I’ve met and spent some time with some very interesting ones recently. Eric Leslie made contact just this evening after we met along the Umpqua River on my Crater Lake drive. I met Kenny Larson of ShutterSight Photography at the Stub Stewart Skate Jam and have enjoyed chatting with him and looking at his images. Last, but certainly not least, has been Rodney Evens whom I also met along the Umpqua River (at the same waterfall where I met Eric). In our conversations we started talking about longboarding and he ended up coming to shoot Stub Stewart with me. I always enjoy connecting and networking with other photographers and have been very fortunate to meet these gentlemen in the past few weeks.
Thank you all for making this such a great week!