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An unexpected blessing

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. ūüôā

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.

Len’s photo in Pflugerville’s new hospital

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. “

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Photo Project Theme Week 32 – Instant Inspiration

For the past few months, I have been feeling kind of uninspired as far as my photography goes. I have not gone walking and exploring nature in awhile. ¬†Even going for a walk which used to be fun felt like a chore so I didn’t really go out. ¬†So many beautiful sunrises and sunsets have gone by, yet I¬†have not even picked up my camera to shoot. ¬†For some reason, I just didn’t feel like shooting anything just for fun. ¬†I have been telling myself that I have seen better or that I’ll see another beautiful sunrise or sunset again soon so I’ll just wait. ¬†Who am I kidding? ¬†I’ve lost a lot of opportunity to shoot, and the awesome sunrises and sunsets are not going to be exactly the same. Each one is different. ¬†And it’s not just sunrises and sunsets. ¬†I have had opportunities to shoot some photos of my parents before they left a few days ago to move to another state. ¬†I have always pictured some shots of them in my mind but have not taken time to ask them¬†to allow me to make those photos. ¬†And now what? ¬†It’s too late. ¬†I’ve missed a lot of chances. ¬† And yes, as we know it, regret is always in the end.

Just to get me back into the groove, this past Sunday, I forced myself to walk around Lake Pflugerville as it’s the closest trail from my house. ¬†I didn’t take my mirrorless camera which used to always hang around my waist in my little belt bag every time I go for a walk. ¬†I figured I’ll just walk for exercise and not take photos at all. ¬† But as soon as I saw the beautiful sunflowers, there was a feeling of excitement. ¬†They were not perfect as you can see but the yellow color of the sunflower against the blue color of water and sky was just very appealing to me. ¬†So I grabbed my phone and took several shots.

Here’s one.

Sunflower at the lake.

Sunflower at the lake.

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My Favorite Pflugerville Parks

Pflugerville boasts a number of parks for recreation.  These parks range from small neighborhood parks with playscapes for children to play in to a few that are bigger and equipped with more facilities.  Some of the bigger parks host sporting events such as soccer, swimming, basketball, etc.

I have been a resident of Pflugerville for several years and I have enjoyed going to the parks. ¬†A lot of the neighborhood parks I have not even been to, mainly because I don’t have a little kid who would want to use the playground. ¬† These days I go to the parks usually to walk my dog and to take photos.

I have three favorite go-to parks in Pflugerville.   My criteria for choosing these parks  include the following:  1)  Must be scenic  2) Must have hiking/walking trail.

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