Hello World ...

It's been a while since I checked in with everyone out there in my blog-reading audience. I hope you are both doing well.

I've been working on my photography skills, as usual and have lots of cool, new images to post. But there have been some really nice changes in my photographic journey.

First, I'm starting to teach friends and people from my photography club how to do certain things. Anywhere from teaching someone how to bracket exposures for an HDR image, to teaching someone to adjust the output on their flash so that more ambient light shows in the picture.

I am really enjoying this. I learn a lot as I teach. I always have. It comes naturally to me. I often shy away from what I call my "know-it-all personality disorder". But in certain situations, I have plenty of lessons to offer and I've started giving advice, when solicited.

Another thing that has happened recently, that I'm happy with (and a bit surprised about), is that I've started to learn the artistic side of the craft. I have always been a techie. Focused on the technical proficiencies of photograph taking and editing. Me: "How can I get razor-sharp images, no noise, tack sharp focus... How can I use Lightroom to make a heavily edited image look as if it has never been edited at all..."

But over the last 2 weeks or so, I have been watching workshops on creativity and style and originality. It's awesome! I have had such little exposure to the creative and artistic side of all things photography, that I'm learning in leaps and bounds.

One photographer that I've been watching is David duChemin. He is a prolific writer and a very good photographer. Check out his stuff here: http://davidduchemin.com/  His workshops are a mish-mosh of art, self-help, spirituality and comedy. (He was a stand-up comic for years...)

I don't know what he was like before his accident (he fell nearly 30 feet onto concrete in Italy, breaking both feet, his pelvis, and I think he busted an arm to balance it all out...) but there's a bit of a spirituality to him, Zen like, meditative, Buddhist, I don't know. But he's very inspiring to watch. And his no BS approach suits me very well.  I'm about 3 hours into an 8 hour lecture series and I look forward to finishing. I've already put some of his advice to use (Don't wait for a "blog post" to spring to mind before you start typing... Start typing and the blog post will materialize...)

Thanks. I hope everyone is healthy, happy, safe and at ease with life.  Even the tough parts.

Blessings.

Jon