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Man time fly s when you are busy and unfocused!

The 365 project: It was more challenging then I thought. I mean, how hard is it to take a photo a day? Can I just say I woke up on morning and realized I did not take a photo the day before. Gone done finished I think it was day 20. The committee of They says that a habit is developed or broken after consistent effort over a 21 day period. Probably not an exact science, but there is a moment when you have the active becomes a routine where you don t have to think about it.

The first week was fun, but as I had to stretch my creatively because I didn t just want to take any photo! But by week 2, any old photo would do because I would go through the day and during my drive home, I would remember that I still had to take a photo today.

It was a good project and worth the effort to start another one again. I just have to pick a date and it doesn t have to be Jan 1.

SmugMug Group: In December I went to my first meeting of the VI SmugMug. https://www.facebook.com/groups/VanIsleSMUG/  This group caters mostly to the intermediate to professional photographer and assumes that you can turn on your camera. And the group is very approachable and everyone that I have talked to is more than willing to answer questions or lead you to someone who could.

This meeting had Greg Howard, a super photographer in the Qualicum Beach area show us how to set up a photo shoot with models, staging and lighting. He finished up with touch ups in Lightroom. You can find links to the shoot through his facebook sight which has links to his blog and website. https://www.facebook.com/GregHowardPhotography

Although it was darn cold and near snowing there was lots to see and learn as Greg set up his shoots and lighting.

The next meeting was in Feb. Here we were told in advance to send in 5 of your favorite photos for a group review and critique. Here are the 5 that I submitted:

I was pleased at the comments. A few wow s and a few minor tweak suggestions. One comment on the Marina was pretty funny. Neil the host commented How do you get photos like that ? Then someone yelled out, You have to get up early! Which was absolutely what I did that day.

What we were asked to do was FIRST look at the photo and state your reaction/feeling of the photo. Adjectives like cold, grunge, hot, romance, etc. The name of the photographer was never given. It was to draw out thoughts on your creative style


There were a large variety to look at. Many wedding and portraits. What I did notice was that it was far easier for the group to come up with tweaking comments then descriptors.

In my Insights Workshops we talk about Sensing and Feeling types. People have a tendency to process either by sensing or feeling. Those that have a preference for sensing see the details of the photos. Those using feeling will be able to tell a story about the photo.

As photographers, there are those that take photos only using the sensing functions. Recording the event or scene as it is. Using the feeling function, the photographer is only concerned about the mood or the creative aspects. The top photographers (IMHO) have a blending and move between sensing and feeling with ease.

There beautiful images displayed that created feelings and the little flaws (which seemed to be more hand placements) were lost. UNLESS of course the tree or pole is growing through the head of the subject no matter how much feeling there is in the photo it was lost in that detail.

On my to do list is to expand this article on sensing and feeling preferences and photography.

March s meeting had us listening to Rockie Lee. http://www.therockphotography.com/index2.php#/home/

Rockie talked about his photography journey from just being a photographer to being a Visual Creator. He explained the differences and they really hit me. As a matter of fact, there was a lot that he said that hit home. I hope to learn more while I read his book The Secret Sauce that is available through his website.

The big message was that to step out of the huge crowd of photographers was to find your creative style. He offered a number of suggestions on how to discover it and one was to do a project. He showed us other examples of projects that others did and some of his.

The basics to get started were:

1) Choose a genre (landscape, portraits, etc)

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2) Narrow it down (gender, age group, etc)

3) Choose the equipment (it has to be the same camera and lens for every shot in the project)

4) Pick the conditions (daylight, flash, night, etc)

5) Consistent time of creating (30 minutes, hour)

His example was a project that consisted of portrait, females, 19 to 25, 70-200 f2.8 lens, natural lighting and black and white. All models had to wear exactly the same cloths jeans, bare foot, white T s and had to be sitting. Poses were open, but they had to be sitting in some form or fashion. So Rockie did this twice a month over a number of months consistently.

It was interesting to see the beginning and ending photos of the project as they were more creative developed.

Lastly, he talked about being in the job . If you are in your job you will miss your opportunities. Those that just take the photos and go through the mechanics are missing what this profession has to offer. The beauty is that this concept is applicable to everything that we do in life including relationships!

I immediately thought about my story of how I met Casper and Gumby one day working in Vancouver. How if I was in my JOB, I would have missed out big time! Maybe another blog post

The Future: Well I am looking forward to more SmugMug meetings. Besides the business aspects that are on going developing my style will continue. So much more to learn and adapt along this journey.

We are gearing up for a major hike on the West Coast Trail this June. Really looking forward to this. For the trip I purchased a Panasonic DMC-FZ150 as a light weight, super-zoom, RAW shooting backpacking camera. For more information on this camera go here:

There you go you are sort of up to date.

Until I get the urge again

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