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I cannot tell you how many times I have shown up at events with a couple of cameras around my neck, a gadget bag full of odds & ends and a lighting kit and have been asked that question. If it happened once every few years, that would be one thing. But it happens a LOT. It's like getting pulled over by the police and he's standing there with uniform, gun, flashing lights and asking him "Are you a cop?" I would love to come back with a witty reply, such as "No, I am Jesus. Don't you recognize my beard?" However, I cannot be that rude.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 110: Summer & Inspiration

Well today is the first day of Summer. I snapped this photo on Route 180 near Dexter, NY. It was all about the cloud that caught my eye. I am not saying this is a great photo, however, I did want some sort of photo for this blog that said Summer. This is what I came up with. You should try that too. If you have photographers block ( you know, like writers block)and don't seem to be seeing any photos, then assign yourself something to illustrate with a photo. Something like speed, or boredom, marriage, terror, Summer, Fall, and so on. I would suggest colors, but they are really too easy. Go shoot the color RED! Go shoot the color BLUE! Actually, colors are a good idea if it gets you looking at the world around you. Ideas and inspiration come about from the act of doing. You might set out to photograph something blue and that is what gets you focused on DOING something. When you find that blue something, start snapping away at it. Shoot it close up, far away, from above, below, from this angle and that angle. keep shooting it. Don't be worried about making an artsy picture. Just work away at your subject. You are now in the act of "doing" which begins the creative process. You must be in persuit of something for inspiration to strike. Pablo Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”
The following photo was taken on The Last Day Of Spring in St. Lawrence County, NY, driving home on Route 11 from a guitar gig at Julian's Restaurant.

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