Sad News – Loss of a Camera

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It’s unfortunate when you get to a point in your life where you have to sacrifice the positions you treasure most in your life. Everyone has that point and I am there.  One of the hardest things I’ve done lately is posting my camera and equipment for sell.

Yes, I sold my camera, lens and some accessories.  It was hard but it sold immediately.  What do I do without a camera?  I use my iphone.  The only problem is it’s hard to zoom in on anything without losing the quality.  But, I have managed to capture some nice images.

I have a network of some really nice photographers on Facebook and they found out I sold my camera.  I had one come forward to offer a film camera and noted that it’s mine to keep.  It’s nice to have friends who care.  One day I will have a new and better camera.

Egret Grazing

Egret Grazing

Rumbling Clouds

Rumbling Clouds

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Davis Canal - AM

Davis Canal – AM

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Davis Canal – PM

It’s been very stressful for the last two weeks.  Finding a place to move and then making the move to my new place.  I’ve always felt like things happen for a reason and to me it was.  I’m now in my new place and the view is wonderful.  I’ve got a back view of the awesome canal with all kinds of wildlife and the front view of the ocean, What more can a photographer want.

I do have a roommate in this move.  I’ve never had one so this will be something different to see if I get along with them.  I’ve been living alone for a long time so this is very new to  me.

I moved in last night, May 15th and will provide the morning and evening shots I took.

Life is Good Today

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I’ve been so busy thank goodness,  I’ve got the gallery, delivering more work.  My jewelry hat I am preparing for Memorial weekend.  And a new venue to display my work.

I'm drowning!

I’m drowning!

The gallery in the little coast town of Southport is doing really good for me.  Focusing my photography on the local interest has responded.  Got my first check last week!  Yeah!

So I have to do is keep positive, get yourself out there, and be humble.

 

I Found My Calling – Tourist Town Photographer

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Carolina Beach Fishing Pier at sunrise

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier at sunrise

A while ago I had posted I was excepted into art gallery in Southport.  I had brought several  photography prints for her to look at and she put aside the photos I thought she would use.  Instead she put the ones she like in from of me.  I was kind of disappointed, because I love the other photos and they had won awards.  Then I came to my senses and figured she knew what she was talking about, and after all its her gallery and she’s there everyday.

Now I listen to what she suggests to me.  Southport is a small tourist town it was suggested the tourist like items as souvenir’s or memento’s that are easy to take home with them. Taking photos of a local town is fun, however, the photo selected can be limited.  That’s when you have to become creative.  This is a challenge and I love challenges.

The owner of the gallery explained to me some of the ways to make money.  First don’t suggestion is do not spend a lot of money on frames and make them medium to small. The largest I sold was a 11×14  and the others were 8×10 down to 4×6. Secondly, spending less on supplies for my prints and making smaller prints in quantity would be more beneficial.  One gentleman came in and was delightfully surprised to see a nicely framed 5×7 photo of a restaurant he ate at – he just adored that restaurant.  He snap up the frame and paid instantly for it.

I hurried over to the thrift shop and bought a few frames from 4×6 to 5×7 and a couple of 8×10′s for a few bucks.  Then I took them home and repainted them.  They look brand new!  Start of my new adventure.

Weather Art Thou!

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Wicked Your Way

Wicked Your Way

Like I said before it’s a little difficult to go out to shoot when the weather is being a..well I’m trying to come up with a nice word. So I really don’t have much to say on that subject.

While it has been stinky outside I have been doing a lot of thinking and that’s dangerous with me. Here’s my rant – I WANT A NEW LENS!  I’m tired of having a slow zoom lens.  Every time I see a fast-moving object, birds, animals or sports my lens will not focus fast enough. Again, I’m going to go back to when I had no problem with my film camera – nope.  My shots of sports and fast-moving objects were great!  Is it just the digital I can’t master?  Or is it my age that want let me think fast enough?

If I could start all over again when I was trying to figure out what to do with my life – I know where I would want to start.  Well I want to be a photographer, but I would like to be like Jack Hanna.  He gets to travel and is a brilliant master at wild animals.  I love to watch animal adventures on Saturday mornings.  It’s so interesting,  What would you do if you could start all over again?

Well that’s all from my monkey adventures today. Oh, and another thing.  Do you actually read these blogs or just like them?

 

 

Southport’s Art Gallery Walk – Success!

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Tonight was the night for my first showing at the Outrageous Art Galley.  It got real busy and it stayed that way all evening.   Most of the town’s local came , as well as some tourists.  I was quite impressed.  The towns editor of the local newspaper told me that this particular gallery was a favorite of the locals people.  I could tell by the amount of friendly people who came through.

With wine and lots of light tastings it became a lively place!   People bought jewelry, paintings, clay work, and lastly, several pieces of my photography.  So I would say it was a great night.

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It’s Show Time!

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Yabba

Yabba

I have two events coming up in April – one at the gallery where I have my work, and the other at an Art Show where only 55-year-old people can enter and show.  I guess getting older has its perks. :) The problem I’m having is deciding which photos to show.  this is where my lack of confidence comes in.  I start second guessing my work by deciding if it’s good enough. I start spending money on getting more photos printed, and now I have tons of photos in front of me to choose – and the anxiety sits in.  Not only that I need more frames and mats. (the photo on the right was edited in a cartoon like software – Pelican is always a comedian.)

Doing art shows and having your work in galleries is not cheap.  You have to spend money before you see it and then you might not sell anything.  There’s a slew of great artists and photographer’s out there and I work hard to make my different.  The ideas sometimes run low and that’s the time I take a break.  However, you can’t do that when you’re in a gallery.  You have to give the gallery more work to sell.  Is this something I really want to do?  Of course it is – I’ll never know if I’ll be successful if I don’t try.

One thing they didn’t have been postcards so I have made some up hoping she can sell some of them.  She wants to make money to.  This is the one thing in the gallery that makes me different.  They may not make a lot of money selling postcards but it’s a start.  Millions of tourists come through this little coastal town and they will want to take souvenirs home.

Photography – Art Galleries – Fear Of Rejection

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Oak Island Lighthouse

Oak Island Lighthouse

In the past, I’ve been so afraid of approaching art galleries to present my portfolio and to display my photography/art in their art gallery. Why have I not done this? Fear. I don’t like rejection and I’m afraid someone will tell me my photography sucks.  

So now I decided to approach a few and the feedback on two was – sorry not accepting photographers – they had one. Most of the art was paintings and pottery. I wouldn’t have fit in so I’m okay with that.  I was just about to decide it was no use. But then I got an email from the third gallery I emailed.  She apologized for the delay and we set an appointment in a few days.  I frantically put my portfolio together and arrived when the doors opened. It’s like applying for a job – be punctual! I showed the owner the portfolio and she was very quiet while looking.  I was starting to feel she didn’t like any of it.  Then to my surprise, she said she would love for me to display in her gallery. Yea! Yikes! Yea!

We talked about what she was looking for as far as some new work.  This is a tourist town and thousands and thousands of people come through the Southport, NC area. The little coastal town is so cute with lots of history.  So my approach was to photograph the places that people come to see.  Plus, I thought I would make some postcards,  note cards, etc.  Not all at one time – need revenue first. I already had some items in stock so I’m going to start out with what I have.   Open day for me is April 4th.  I’m stoked!

Summary – it shows to never give up on yourself. Low self-esteem, fear, lack of confidence – if you don’t try you’ll never know you’ll never know about yourself. Face your fears it will come easier each time until someone around the corner will say, “I’d love to show your work.”

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