Ok for those of you who do not know already, the Night Sky Photo Safari was cancelled due to the fact it was thought I had a stroke. I did not have a stroke however I was hospitalized and every test known to man was performed... I wound up with a condition called Bell's Palsy, which I will eventually recover from fully. As I type this about 10 days has passed and I am monumentally better now, but I'm still on the mend.
Ok lessons learned from this ordeal...
1. Life is short and we take for granted what we have everyday, until all off a sudden you can not even blink your eye! Which is the worst part of what happened to me with this condition. I still can not see well enough to edit my images, so I'm a bit out of commission. The right side of my face and brain do not seem to mix well with the left side. I know, I know... that has always been the case. Ha Ha Ha.... It's simply exponentially worse right now...
2. There are simply too many methods of communication now a days! In order to try and notify all concerned of what happened there were still many that were not notified and in fact may still not know.... Facebook, My Websites, The Phone, Email, Texting, Instagram, Linked In, Twitter, Facebook Instant Messenger, yada, yada, yada... the list grows daily! So?.... from now on I'm going to centralize my operations more. This website will be where I conduct business for the Photographers who follow me, along with my clients who come into the region and go on Photo Safaris with me... and my other website will be for my Wedding, Engagement, and Commissioned Photography. That website is ByWinslow.com or Winslow Fine Art Photography. com either name takes you to the same site.
Will I combine them into one? No I don't think so... I have currently led, organized, and taught over 750 seminars and/or PhotoSafaris in the past 6 years alone. Have I written or blogged about those? No not really... that's not my style. It seems too much like bragging to me... I know, you see it all the time. It's like someone just can't wait to tell you every single thing they do!
However... I have been told by the people who follow me and those that I have taught Photography and related experiences to, that I should do this more, simply so the information given is all located in a place they can come back and refer to. So lesson learned.... I get it guys! You actually value something I say or do... I will take your advise. However, I write terribly! My passion is in my work. There is little voice inflection in text, and things written by those like me who are not skilled in that practice, can be easily misunderstood.
BUT! I will try. I promise I will try, if you promise not to worry about my typos, or my poor spelling, or my horrible command of the english language. I will try... look for some improvements to my two websites in pursuit of this goal. Also, from now on, if I am leading a large group of people somewhere, which I do all of the time; there will be a central place to sign up for that event, with a portable access to that list by myself, so I can immediately notify all concerned of any pertinent information concerning same... period! It's only fair to all those concerned, and the right thing to do.
3. The gear or not the gear? That is the question! Here is the answer... I have said for many years it's not the gear. Yes, as photographers addicted to our art we are gear mongers. We beg, buy, borrow, build, or MacGiver, everything known to man in pursuit of the "perfect image" which we never seem to compose. (at least we think we haven't composed it, others might, though)
We as Photographers, in passionate pursuit of our art, are our own worst critics. But the gear is simply the tool we use in pursuit of that art. There is so much more. This past week taught me that with out my vision, and my mobility, and the ability to even stand without, dizziness, and complete disorientation... all of the camera gear I have is totally useless. I was lost. Completely trapped by the visions in my mind, that I wondered if I would ever be able to try and compose, not to mention the importance I place in the relationships I love to build with the people I Photograph, and how I might even converse with them in the future with my droopy face and slurred, difficult speech.
At the end of this paragraph is a link to an article written by a Photographer I follow and someone far more eloquent than I concerning camera operation and the composition of a Photograph. At the end of his eloquently worded essay, he gives three suggestions... I would like to add a fourth... Live everyday like you are dying my friends, because you are. Do not waste a single second or take anything for granted. Photography is life recorded on the medium, through a lens and your eyes, with your heart and your soul. Show us what you see, and how you see it, so that it might live on forever, and do so with passion. Not because someone else said your work is good, but for your own satisfactions and the fact that you love the journey of learning to compose a Photograph, instead of taking a picture.
Because of this ordeal I have gone through, I will endeavor to somehow volunteer my time and talents to assist the blind. I do not yet know how, but I must try.
The link... "Stop Using a Camera, Start Making Photographs" by David DuChemin
Until next time my friends, thanks for reading... our truest life, is when we are in dreams awake...