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Since I started photography nine years ago, I have photographed different genres such as portrait, pets, events, landscape, nature, architecture, sports, maternity, food, etc. Most of them are for my own personal projects for portfolio building. Once in a while I receive requests for my service, however most of them are for events which I immediately turn away. There always seems to be a need for event photographers. 🙂
In October last year, an art consultant from Houston, TX contacted me because she found a photo of Lake Pflugerville that she wanted to purchase for her client, a local hospital. I was so excited! The photo she wanted to purchase was taken at the lake using my Sony mirrorless camera during one of my walks. It was a photo that has a caption of “One of Lake Pflugerville’s docks” that I uploaded in one of my blog posts in 2015.
After several back and forth emails, I found out that they would need to enlarge the photo to 96 inches wide. My heart sank, because I know for sure that this will turn out to be pixelated when upscaled to that size. I browsed through my photos to check if there were other photos that I can offer her that can be enlarged to the desired size. Not wanting to turn her away and lose this big opportunity, I decided that the best thing that I can do is to photograph the lake again and come up with different photos that she might like. But after some consideration, she told me that she really thought that one photo that she found online was the one that will work well in the hospital, so I had to mimic that photo that she liked, this time making sure that it can scale up.
Because Pflugerville had not had rain in a while, the lake water was low and the hydrilla and pondweed were overcrowding the water . The original photo that I was trying to mimic did not have the same condition. But I just had to try to get the best of what is available.
To ensure that the photo can scale up, I had to take 21 photos and stitched them to become one panoramic photo of the lake. I used my Nodal Ninja 6 with Nadir adapter panoramic head, a Nikkor 60mm lens on Nikon D600, and Manfrotto tripod.
Long story short, the photo was approved by my client’s client. I had it printed on a museum quality archival paper from a local pro printing shop so I can sign it before mailing it to the client. My client framed it and three months since the initial contact with the art consultant, it’s now adorning the cafe’ at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Pflugerville.
This whole experience has several take-aways. First and most important in my opinion is to keep shooting and posting photos. Make sure that you put your best work out there. You never know who’s going to bump into your work. Second is that you have to be prepared. Know your gear and apps and what it can do for you. This comes with practice. Third, be friendly and professional. Communicate clearly. And if you were asked to deliver something at a certain date, make sure you meet that date or even better deliver it early. Fourth, read the contract carefully for terms and conditions, payment information, and make sure you understand copyright and licensing.
I’m very thankful to God for this blessing. And now, I leave you with a quote that applies to a lot of us . . .
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. “
Lake Placid NY Waterfront Properties
This summer, during our trip to the Adirondacks, we had the pleasure of touring Lake Placid by boat. We spent about a couple of hours on a tour boat that went around Lake Placid. There were so many beautiful waterfront properties In the Adirondacks, even if the properties are huge and elaborate, they are still referred to as “camps”. In the late 19th century, the affluent families such as the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers started coming to the Adirondacks and built their huge summer retreats known as the Great Camps.
The Great Camps were built using native materials such as logs, barks, roots, and stones. Because these materials were handcrafted, they show very unique irregularities. These camps also blend right in to their surroundings. Unlike the cookie cutter houses that we have in the master planned subdivisions where the houses are very similar if not the same, the Adirondacks architecture is very unique and built with great craftsmanship. It’s definitely a work of art.
During our tour, the young guide mentioned the history of some of the camps, who visited there, who owns them (and used to own them) and what they do for a living, and other facts about Lake Placid. He also mentioned the rich and famous people who have visited the area. It was actually quite interesting.
As we toured around the lake, I was able to photograph some of them. There were some challenges due to the fact that we were on a moving boat. Also, I was just sitting as I didn’t want to block the other passengers who were at the tour as well. As you can see from the photos below, the Adirondacks architecture has a rustic style.
Lake Placid Lodge
One of my favorite properties on this boat tour was the Lake Placid Lodge. This lodge which was built as a rustic camp in 1882 by a German family, is a great example of the rugged yet elegant Adirondack style architecture. Although not in its original form because it was rebuilt due to a fire in 2005, the architects and the artisans made sure it epitomizes the spirit of the Adirondacks Great Camps. If interested, here’s an article that gives more detail of the rebuilding efforts of the lodge.
Adirondack Waterfront camps on Lake Placid
I don’t quite remember some tidbits that the guide shared on these other properties. I just photographed them for their beauty and unique qualities. I’d be content even I live on top of one of these boat houses.
Hopefully, these photos gave you an idea of the Lake Placid waterfront properties that you will find in this area, or what you’re missing if you haven’t visited there. Lake Placid is just one of the lakes out of the 3,000 lakes that the Adirondacks boast. If you want quiet adventures you can check out one of the non-motorized lakes instead. Either way, they’re all beautiful and relaxing.
Let me leave you with this quote by John Muir.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers but as fountain of life.”
John Muir, “The Wild Parks and Forest Reservations of the West,” Atlantic Monthly, January 1898.
Most of us know that spending time outside is so much better for us than staying inside for our physical and mental health. Sunlight and fresh air have restorative benefits that we should take advantage of. A lot of people love going to the beach or mountains during summer since the kids are out of school.
My daughter and I spent one week in June in a beautiful resort called Vidanta in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We spent our days at the beach and the pool. Digging your feet in the sand actually stimulates your nerves. During the hottest part of the days we just hung out in our room, we also had our own pool in our balcony with ocean view. The days were also spent trying out an assortment of food from many fancy restaurants. It was a fun experience for both of us.
What we did that we enjoyed the most was watching the sunset while swimming at the pool. It was very relaxing. And the sunsets at Bandera Bay were so beautiful. The colors were magnificent.
Usually, when I take photos of a scene that includes strangers who actually enhance the scene, if possible I make sure that they are not identifiable in my photos. This is mainly because I myself don’t want to appear in other people’s photos without my permission. It’s my way of respecting their privacy the same way I want to be respected.
I hope you enjoyed some of the photos that I’ve shared from my beach vacation. Go out and spend your time outdoors.
Also, check out the store, I have added a few more photos there from my Mexico trip.
Happy Earth Day everyone! Today the world celebrates the Earth. Many events are happening globally to demonstrate efforts to protect and sustain our beautiful planet and its inhabitants.
As my way of celebrating this special day, I created this image as a symbol that humans and nature are interconnected. With our actions to promote sustainability in our everyday lives, we can help our planet from its further degradation.
There’s a saying that goes “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” The lives of the future generation is at stake. We must do something now!
Early this year, I accidentally dropped my mirrorless camera right before going to the venue of my parents 50th anniversary party. I was mad at myself and disappointed because I was supposed to use it for taking videos during that special event. But as I always do, when I have important places to go to, I always bring two bodies with me so that I have a backup, and this practice served me well.
My Sony NEX 6 still turns on, but it couldn’t recognize the lens anymore. When I returned home, I tried attaching my Nikon lens using an adapter and the camera was able to recognize it. So it was just the lens that broke and not the camera which was a big relief for me.