Rearranging Flickr Photos

In the recent past, I rearranged some of the photos in my Flickr account.  I made the changes because I inadvertently posted some pictures on the public side that were supposed to be on private webpages.  Obviously, I made the changes to keep the public side images family-friendly.

I received quite a number of questions, comments, and even threats after the changes.  I appreciate your remarks, but the changes are going to remain in place.

I also need to make an observation on the sharp-eyed followers of this blog.  I’m still amazed that every change I make, no matter how large or small, is noticed and inevitably provides the wellspring for a host of opinions and questions.  Although, I am a bit curious as to why none of you let me know that some of the public side images weren’t appropriate for all ages.

If you’d like to comment on this, or share your thoughts on something else, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

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Portraits Taken and Lessons Learned

I recently had another opportunity to take portraits of several well-known people.  If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I prefer to take landscape images and photograph the natural beauty that surrounds us.  I’ve never had a mountain say that my picture made its behind seem too big!

Once again, I threw caution to the wind and took some portraits of some pretty high-powered people.  One of the things that I learned was that they usually aren’t the same people that we seen on the movie screen or at the political rally or in the sports arena.  Most of them are just the same as you and I, but they’ve excelled in areas that we haven’t.  Or put another way, we’ve excelled in areas that they haven’t.  Who’s done what is strictly based on your point of view.

Some were just as fascinated with what I did as I was with what they did.  Others were, to be polite, self-absorbed jerks who need an entourage to make themselves feel superior to others.  Okay, maybe that was a little harsh, but you get my point.  Oh, for the record, that’s not to say that people who’ve excelled in other areas aren’t just as big a jerk as the few I meant recently.

Lest you get the wrong idea, the majority were good, decent, hard-working people.  To be sure, they had their people, but they also had the same fears, concerns, and worries that most of us share.

What’s the point of all this?  Simple.  If you have the opportunity and take advantage of it to look behind the public persona, you’ll quite often see someone with the same foibles we have.  You’ll find someone who can be terribly insecure when pushed out of his comfort zone.  Most people can relate to that.

In most cases, you’ll also find that, after all is said and done, they’re just people.  They want their kids to have a better life than they did.  They want their parents to know that they raised their children well.  They want to be able to say that they left things a bit better than they found them.  In short, they’re a lot like us, with a tad more fame, fortune, or status.

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As always, thanks for your continued support!

Spring Photo Workshop Follow-up

The Spring Workshop was held and it included a longer-than-usual video portion.  Based on comments received from other workshops, the video segment was lengthened to provide a better opportunity to learn from professional videographers.  As an aside, I’ve already expressed our appreciation to Bob, Chelly, and Omar for taking the time to help us learn how to make our videos better.

We were also blessed by a photographer from the area in which we held our workshop.  He might have been a local, but his reputation truly spans the globe.  I think each of us learned more from him that we ever dreamed we would.  I think nearly everyone thanked him before his schedule called him away.  He contacted me afterwards and offered his services for our next gathering, if his schedule permitted it.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

I have to thank Michelle, Bobbi, Heather, Tom,. John, and Gary for their efforts to make our most recent photo workshop the best we’ve every had.  We couldn’t have done nearly as much as we did if they hadn’t worked as hard as they did on our behalf.  Thanks to each and every one of you!

If you’d like to share your thoughts, send me a comment, or just drop me a note, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Spring Photo Workshop Set

heard from many of you regarding the Spring Photo Workshop.  Before I get too far into this post, let me share with you that we are going to have an expanded section on making videos with digital cameras.  We will feature still imagery, but we aren’t going to forget that more and more of you are using your digital cameras to capture the world in a single frame at a time and/or in multiple images at a time.

I’m also pleased to share with you that one of the people who was instrumental in organizing the workshop was a videographer for a TV network as well as someone who worked in Hollywood on several major motion pictures.  He has graciously offered his time and talent for those who attend our workshop.  It goes without saying that if any of the other participants have significant experience or expertise in one or more areas, we’d love to learn from you.

To share with me your areas of talents, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Spring Photo Workshop Update

On January 8, 2018, I asked if there was any interest in a spring photo workshop.  I now have to admit that I’ve been a little lax in getting back to you on this topic.

The short answer is that there is sufficient interest to schedule one.  In keeping with what looks like an emerging tradition, I’ve sent several of you notes asking for your help in making the workshop happen.  I’m pleased to share with everyone else that the response was overwhelmingly positive.

In the days ahead, a team of very dedicated people is going to work through the issues that arise each time we try to put a photo workshop on.  (I have to thank Geree, Stephanie, Richard, Stephen, Suzy, Clint, and Gloria for all of their hard work to make the proposed photo workshop a reality.)

I’ve contacted all of you who said you wanted to be part of the festivities and I’m pleased to report that not a single one of you ran into a scheduling conflict or other type of issue and had to cancel.  I’m looking forward to spending time with you when we get back together and explore how we can take better photos.

I’d you’d like to get in touch with me on this or some other (germane) issues, please contact me.  As I’ve said before, I read every comment, but I don’t always reply to the person who sent it.  I know you can understand why.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Comments on Flickr Photos Update

On April 4th of 2017, I noted that some of you asked me to provide comments on my photos.  I haven’t been as good as I probably should have been, but I’ve honored that request with my more recent photo posts.

I’m pleased to report that I’ve received a number of heartfelt remarks on the comments I made about my Flickr images.  Not everyone thinks that I should do anything more than post a photo and call it good.  However, the clear majority appreciate a bit of the rest of the story behind the photo.

I’ll continue to add comments to my images on Flickr because you’ve told me you enjoy reading them and, truth be told, I enjoy writing them.

Just like so much in life, there’s always more to the story than initially meets the eye.  Adding comments to my photos gives me the opportunity to share with you information that you probably wouldn’t otherwise know.

If you’d like to comment on this, or anything else germane to this website, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Interest in Photo Workshops

Over the past few years, we’ve gotten together for a number of photo workshops.  When this idea came to mind, it was based on comments and suggestions that I heard from a number of followers of this site.

With that in mind, I need your help.  Please contact me and let me know if you’d like to hold more photo workshops this year.  If the interest is there, we’ll hold some more workshops.  If the interest has waned, we’ll give it a rest and call it good.

I’ll report back to you on the comments and thoughts that you share with me in the months ahead.

If you’d like to comment on this or something else, germane to this website, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!