In January 2015 we started this photography blog. As year six begins we would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you!” to all of our readers. This is also an ideal time to provide some insights on where our photographic journey will be going.
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Creating and maintaining a photography blog can be an interesting ride. Unexpected twists and turns happen with some regularity. At times one is not sure if they are up or down. Or if a crash is just around the corner.
Over the years I have kept my focus on a few founding principles of this website. Our goal was to celebrate and share the joy of photography with our readers. To encourage them to pick up their cameras more often and experiment. And, to provide them with a safe and respectful environment.
By choosing not to be focused on camera gear reviews, and eschewing advertising, our path has definitely been on ‘the road less travelled’. Looking back we have no regrets about that decision.
Experiencing this photography blog taking root where the majority of others avoid, has been its own reward. We started out with an initial following of about two dozen intrepid readers. Folks who followed us from our earlier postings at Photography Life.
As year six begins, we fondly look back on the past five years. Some articles were better received than others. We gained a lot more subscribers than we lost. And, many great relationships have been formed with readers.
As time marches on, change will only accelerate. Those of us who own and use dedicated cameras may end up holding ‘rusting relics’. That possibility matters not to me. I still love the feel of a camera in my hands. How it helps to change my perspective of the world around me. I see more and experience more through my cameras.
There’s an old saying that time speeds up as we age. I can attest to the truth in those words. Often I look in the mirror and wonder who that old guy looking back at me is. I don’t feel nearly as old as he looks! I am 100% certain of one, inalienable fact… today is the youngest that I will ever be.
It is critical for each of us to stay green and growing. The moment that stops… the process of decay and death begins. So, we’re still focused on the future.
Our most immediate priority is to finish our Ireland travel photography eBook. It is creeping ever closer and we are hoping to make an announcement in the very near future.
After that project is completed, we will need to critically assess whether we have enough material for an Italy travel photography eBook. It will likely take several weeks for us to make that determination.
For the past few years we have been compiling material for an eBook on handheld macro photography. This project will definitely be moving forward in the future.
There is something very special about macro photography as it allows us to see and experience our world in such an intimate way. To be able to create handheld macro images makes it even more exciting and rewarding for me. The addition of our Olympus OM-D E-M1X has expanded our handheld macro photography potential tremendously.
Another project that we have been actively developing is an eBook covering the fundamentals of handheld bird photography. We’ll be out in the field a lot in 2020 to augment our existing collection of bird images for this pending eBook. Our new Olympus gear will play a big role over the coming months as we continue to experiment with Pro Capture.
Year six begins with field work continuing for a flower photography eBook project. This eBook is number five in the active project queue. We have formally scoped out content maps for three other eBooks, but it would be premature to discuss them at this point in time. A few other eBook concepts are bouncing around in my old brain but have not yet become clear enough to develop content maps for them.
We’ve not updated our YouTube channel in quite some time. Year six will likely see us return to this social media platform, albeit not in a traditional ‘make money from advertising clicks’ way.
Our objective for year six of our photography blog is to continue to experiment with our camera gear and share a wide range of photographs with our readers. If an article encourages even one reader to pick up their camera more often and reconnect with their love of photography… then it was a success.
As year six begins, please accept our sincere thanks for all of your support. And, your willingness to follow us on our photographic journey.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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