Its been a while since I posted. Who ever thought I’d be this busy at this time in my life. I thought retirement was supposed to be when you kicked back and had time to pursue things like personal web sites. Instead its been a time when I’m never in one place long enough to think.
Latest projects: We started after hurricane Harvey, with a trip to the Eastern Sierras to hike and get over Hurricane induced PTSD. Thats a real thing! The stress of days of heavy rain, no electricity, and rising water do have an effect. The eastern Sierras were the perfect remedy with plenty of hiking and great scenery.
Following that there were several workshops to create and conduct. One in Travel Photography and another on Landscape photography. Both being probably my favorite subjects.
With the holiday season our Photo Club organized a “Santa Shoot” which was a grand success. We had over 80 families with kids, and even pets posing with our Santa on a beautifully decorated set, and great participation from club members.
This is my last month as president of the Kingwood Photo Club. I’ll write something on that later. It is definitely a bittersweet thought.
I’m giving a workshop on Travel Photography tomorrow. I wondered when I came up with this topic whether or not it would draw any interest, especially since we had to schedule it in the only room we could get post hurricane Harvey; 7pm on a Thursday night. Much to my surprise we have a sell out! I love doing workshop, so this is great. I’m looking forward to a fun and informative session.
Travel photography is a surprisingly interesting subject, if you are serious about your photography and want to really capture the essence of your travel destination. My personal opinion is that combining photography and travel vastly improves both. Interesting images require that you stand in front of interesting subjects…Travel provides that. On the other hand constantly being aware of light, shape,color, details, expressions, and storytelling through your images deepens your enjoyment of travel.
I await tomorrow and hope for a good two way dialogue…I learn more in these workshops than anyone in the room.
I’ve written before about how much I enjoy conducting photography workshops. Its also a great way for the Photo Club to fulfill what I believe its mission to be. Now granted, I wrote that mission statement, so it might be somewhat biased. I’ve been President of the club for the past 3 1/2 years. This being my last year. That mission statement might be re-written by the next person in this position, but for now it works. Onwards to workshops.
ive come to believe that if you want to anything better, teach it to someone else. Since becoming president of this club I have conducted more than a dozen workshops and loved every one. Some of the topics I scheduled myself to teach I knew next to nothing about. A little pressure to jump into hyper-learning mode. They worked out fine. While I try to convince others in the club to try this approach I secretly worry that if too many get into the workshop teaching mode, I’ll lose my chance to conduct as many as I like…it’s a weird quandary. On the other hand I’d like to continue honoring our commitment to our fine public library, but can’t conduct workshops every month myself. I know one thing for certain, even when I’m no longer club president I intend to keep teaching workshops as often as I can
I just complete a workshop on Black and White Photography, which I absolutely have come to love this past year. I really fell in love with Black and White when I had several printed. Seeing the actual prints, and hanging them up, made all the difference.
my Flickr gallery of black and whites.