Musings on DPC, Photography, & Life Well Lived...
Okay, this is another one of my maudlin ramblings about how much I love DPC, how grateful I am for it, and some thoughts on perspective.
So if that whole idea makes you roll your eyes and groan, move along, nothing to see here...
One of the things we used to do here at DP Challenge was put together gatherings to shoot. They happened all over the world, and groups of DPCers would spend the day, or so, wandering around annoying the general public with their happiness, enthusiasm, and the excuse to shoot for the pure joy of photography with good friends that in some cases, you'd never even met in person. I went on quite a few of these GTGs, and enjoyed immensely the opportunity to meet people in person whom I'd shot with and exchanged views with online.
One of the GTGs that is arguably my favorite was one we had in New York City. Steve Hill, [user]pawdrix[/user], is/was a photog from NYC who had a real flair for street photography. His work, his POV, and his appreciation for his town will always remain fabulous to me. A few of his images from my Favorites port....
He put together an NYC GTG that as well as being an excuse for an onslaught of happy DPCers taking over the town was offered up as a street photography seminar of sorts. Steve set it up to meet us, show us around, offer tips & techniques, and hopefully, impart some of his experience and magic onto us.
For me, and I think a few others, the event was a HUGE success, and I will remain grateful for this chapter of DPC experience forever.
This image is one that I shot whilst "On tour" with Steve, and it even garnered an "Attaboy" from the master himself.
This GTG inspired me, and made me realize that the way the DPC community reaches out to people out of the sheer goodness of it, is an awesome thing. I will be forever fascinated and delighted by my attempts at street photography. I think I do okay some days...it's made travel much more exciting for me having the confidence to know that I'll always get something that I'll savor for a long time and a permanent remembrance of the trip.
So....you're thinking, "Well Jeb, this is all very well and good, but what happened that set you off?".
Glad you asked......8~)
The Monte's Trattoria shot that I got under Steve's tutelage is one of my favorite images, ever, and I even have it enlarged and printed on canvas. It hangs in our gallery, and theoretically, it's for sale, yet I've not stuck a price on it and I rather hope it stays there. I did sell a copy of the image file to someone who found it online and he had it printed for his wife as Monte's Trattoria is her favorite restaurant in NYC.
So last weekend Vivi