A little over a year ago, I retired and started a journey to become a photographer. Every time I try to sit back and take stock of my progress, there’s a new subject begging to be photographed. The best part is that I feel like I actually have a starting point to make the image. I’m not always right in my decisions, but I feel like I can make the adjustments and have a successful shoot. I’m still loving my journey and have no regrets about taking that first step.
I have great friends, old and new, and family who have been supportive through it all. Thanks to everyone for helping me along the path, from encouraging words to buying my images to telling me about photo opportunities. It’s not much fun without you. Please stay with me as the journey continues, because there’s lots more to come!
Every now and then, I am unhappy with my images and myself. Sometimes it’s the subjects or the challenges of light and shadow, and sometimes it’s my lack of knowledge in editing. When I get down, I give myself a break, clear my head, and then jump back in. This week, the grind of editing for the Boy Scout car show got to me. I took some horse pictures, and wasn’t happy with the results. Last night, I went on a photo walk with a couple of my mentors and a few new friends. I made images of subjects I don’t normally shoot and cleared my head. The people were fun and the pictures are coming out great. I’m doing a little experimenting with the editing, but I’m renewed and re-energized.
In my last post, I promised more car pictures from the Boy Scout car show. As noted above, it’s become more work than I had originally thought (but it’s providing a great opportunity for learning the business side of photography), and those images aren’t ready yet. I’ve also been distracted by other subjects in the last couple weeks. Here are the images from my distractions.
Lake Tahoe ATV ride: we rode a trail on the east side of the lake, with fantastic views. There are a couple more pictures in the Landscapes and Scenery page.
And the USAF Thunderbirds came to the Carson Valley. See the THUNDERBIRDS! page for more images!
The Thunderbirds were here as part of the Aviation Roundup, with static displays and other flying demonstrations. This is a Beechcraft Twin Beech 18 doing some acrobatics.
Which brings us to the Photo Walk and its non-routine subjects. This is only a sample – there are more to come!
As you can see, sometimes the distractions are very hard to overcome. They are, however, very necessary to maintain the creative juices. This crusty old engineer needs all the creative juices he can get, because they are sometimes hard to come by. Enjoy – PHOTOROGR