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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. 🙂

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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What Makes a Photo?

This post was inspired by my recent experiences which led me to the discovery that most people don’t really know what photographers actually do when they create their photos.  I decided to write “What Makes a Photo?” mainly to educate people who have no idea of what the behind the scenes look like as far as creating art through photographs.

A month ago, my husband and I went on a fall trip to upstate New York and visited my in-laws.  My sister-in-law is a member of the local artisan coop where she designs and makes custom bags or purses.   Different types of art such as carved wood, fused glass, painting, and others are on display at the store.  None of the work at the store was created by a photographer – and why is that?  We were told that the person in charge of the coop does not believe that a photographer is an artist. WHAT???  The person said that all the photographers have to do is point the camera to something then click, and the shot is made; that there is no art involved in that, unlike a painter who thinks about what he’s going to paint and uses brushes and paints to transform his thoughts into art.   Hmm….

Recently, I was asked to shoot an event.  I don’t advertise myself as event photographer because that’s not what I do but I thought, sure why not.  In talking to the client, I realized again that a lot of people don’t really understand what goes on in creating photos.  I was asked to shoot and then give all the raw files to the client without edits at a price much less than what I charge.  I had to explain that my business is not structured like that.  I don’t give out my unedited raw files and if edits are asked, that’s charged separately.  Anyway long story short, I ended up not getting the job – but I felt good about it.   The whole deal was just not worth my time and effort.  A client like this is not the type of client I would work with.


So what really makes a photo?
I will explain this in a way that applies to the type of photography that I do which is Landscape and Nature but some of it will also apply to other types of shoot.

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Photo Project Theme Week 30 – Falling for Fall

Fall is my favorite season.  The weather is nice and the colors are beautiful.  I have not seen beautiful fall colors since we moved from Pennsylvania to Texas seven years ago.  So I really miss it.

This year, we were very blessed to be able to go to Oswego, NY to visit my brother-in-law and his wife and enjoy fall once again (even for just a week).   I was so ready to fall for fall once again.  The leaves in the Adirondacks where we were originally planning on visiting past peak  and most of the leaves have fallen but where we stayed, the leaves were just at peak or about to peak so we were there at the right time.   Prior to arrival, the area had 12 gorgeous days but then the wind came and blew a lot of the leaves off  but nevertheless it was still so beautiful.  I loved the crisp fresh air and the smell of pine needles,  the beautiful mix of leaves in shades of red, yellow and orange on the ground, the smell of forest after the rain, the green moss on rocks, and water from rivers, ponds, streams, lakes.  Wow!  Just amazing.   We don’t have this in Texas!

I captured so many photos from this trip that I have not even gone through looking at them all.  But I am so excited to share my photos so I scanned through them and picked one photo taken for each day we were in New York.

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