It’s been a great trip up to visit the nice people and photograph the stunning scenery around Victoria, B.C. Canada this past week. One of the major highlights of my trip was meeting the legendary HDR photographer Scott Johnson of Toad Hollow Photography. By chance we connected and had a delightful lunch today in Victoria.
It turns out that we both have beautiful woman at our sides to help guide our art. As we were talking, we both realized that as artists, we are so deeply into our work that many times it takes a fresh pair of eyeballs on our work to suggest the right tweaks to bring it home. That’s what Mai does for me and Scott’s wife Laurie, does for him.
It’s not often that I am able to sit down casually with other photographers. This needs to happen more often. I know that I picked up some terrific insight of some changes to seriously consider for my photography business and I also was able to give Scott a big piece to think about too. I’ll be keeping an eye on his blog to see the evolution in his business. Sometimes it only takes one new idea to change your life.
Do you like murals? Then you must visit this cute little town of Chemainus. The entire town is painted with beautiful murals on pretty much every building where there would otherwise be only blank boring paint. These murals are really stunning and obviously a lot of talent went into painting them. Murals aren’t the only art here either. There are lovely statues, sculptures, galleries, and boutique shops on every street. One could spend a long day here… and a ton of money too.
Performing arts are also big in Chemainus. Today’s photo is the new theater in town. Wish I were going to be here for just few more days so I could catch the Buddy Holly Story, starting a 6 week run on February 22nd. Sadly, however, my visit to Victoria ends tomorrow.
A few days ago I started a new community on Google Plus.; Perfect HDR Photography. After working so long to perfect my own HDR photography technique, I felt that the time had come to share what I know with other new HDR photographers and those who are HDR curious.
There are a couple of things going on in this budding community. First, it’s a place where you can get your questions answered by interacting with me and other experienced HDR photographers in real time online. That’s pretty cool, huh? Also, post your latest work, ask for a critique and be prepared for honest feedback designed to help you quickly improve your own HDR work.
Mom’s are so sweet. They pamper you with unconditional love. They loved your kindergarten scribble drawings and they love your HDR work. Well, the truth be told, it’s way too easy to make bad HDR. All of us have made our share of it. In our new community, the goal is to help you quickly get past that stage and blossom into an HDR photographer worthy of the adoration you’ll soon be getting from all your new loving fans all around the world!
So this is your invitation to join our friendly group right now. It’s an open group you can join instantly and begin getting some personal attention that I wish I had available to me during my months of growing pains learning how to do HDR. Make Mom genuinely proud. See you there!