New Beginnings

Spring buds on maple tree

I was a bad photo club member.  Kind of.  I skipped my photo club meeting today.  Again.  Now, in my defense, I did wake up with a serious sinus headache, so I wouldn’t have been much fun anyway, but at the same time I could have gone.  I just didn’t want to leave the house today.  I wanted a full and uninterrupted day of rest and relaxation.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the theme for the monthly contest was “New Beginnings”, and I had this photo printed and ready to go as my entry in the contest.

I took this shot of my maple tree in my backyard about two years ago, using my Tamron 180mm Macro lens.  And, of course, my tripod.  Always use a tripod.  The tripod has improved the quality of my photography more than ANY other piece of equipment, but I digress.

Anyway, the more I looked at this photo, the more I liked it.  I felt it was a perfect shot as spring represents a “new beginning”.  Would I have won?  Oh, I don’t know, but I like to think I would have.

As a very loose segue into this a “new beginning”, when I was looking at old photos (when I found this) I also came across several photos that I haven’t seen or thought about in quite a long time.  You just might be seeing some “new” shots that have never been published before.  Stay tuned.

The Value of a Good Photo Club

IMG_4001-600I have been a bad photographer.  I blew off my photo club meeting today.  (I had too much ‘at home’ stuff that needed to get done.)  But, that doesn’t mean a good photo club isn’t worth one’s time or effort.  Far from it.

I belong to the Linn Area Photo Club (LAPC) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  We strive to be an educational and teaching club, and we do a pretty good job of that, in my opinion.  Almost every meeting has an educational aspect of some kind.  We have contests, too, of course, but unlike many clubs contests are not our primary focus (no pun intended).

We also have “photo shoots”, or outings where we get together as a group and go shoot a specific place or event.  In January we visited the Hawkeye Model Railroad Club in Coralville, Iowa.  It was super cold out, so the indoor shoot was most welcome.  The people were very friendly and accommodating, and it was a great deal of fun.

This photo is one of mine from that shoot.  I spent a lot of time doing “low depth-of-field” shots like this, and I wished I still had my tilt-shift lens, but I still got some very nice shots.  I hope you enjoy it.