Tonight finds me in a bit of a quandary. On one hand, I feel fairly good about the crop of photos from the day. We took a trip to the zoo and came back with a fair number of interesting subjects. All’s right with the world, eh? On the other hand, I can’t help but feel that I’m still really missing out.
The other day I printed several hundred business cards. Since that time I’ve been busily trying to find ways to distribute them. I’m a firm believer that photography magic is out there just waiting to be had right here in my back yard if only I can connect with the right people. From my perspective I’ve done everything right. I’ve put together a portfolio of my work, I’ve advertised, I’ve offered my services for absolutely nothing. What else can I possibly do?
To be fair, the people at work are starting to take notice. I’ve been asked to do some photography at our annual company meeting and to do some marketing pics at a site visit to a customer in a few weeks. I won’t deny that I was absolutely beaming at both prospects. The idea that a software developer actually has a creative side is a bit of a hard sell but it seems to have taken hold. So I won’t deny my giddiness but my analytical side still questions why I have ANY free time left at all. Part of me won’t be satisfied until I have a non-paying photography job every single night of the week. It really shouldn’t be THIS hard to find jobs for which you don’t expect to be compensated. Never in the history of the universe has it been so hard to spend one’s time in the unrewarded service of others.
Alright, enough philosophical meanderings. Today, as I said, we wandered ourselves off to the zoo. Lately when I find myself in a particular locale, I tend to play the “pick a lens and stick to it” game. It causes one to stretch as a photographer and helps to put a certain spin on the day. Today’s choice was the 8mm fish-eye lens but ironically the photo chosen for the day is with a telephoto that I gave up and moved to after I realized that I’d already taken the 3 pictures that lend themselves to fish-eye. So much for consistency, eh?
This particular specimen seemed rather attentive to our presence. By attentive I mean that he stared at the exact same spot for 20 minutes and we managed to move ourselves to that spot. Ahh, the beauty of photographic illusion. Sometimes the photo comes to you and sometimes you go to the photo. At any rate, so closes today’s post. Do you have ideas for things towards which I should point my lens? For the love of my sanity, let me know what those are. Like I said, I work for free. You certainly can’t beat the price.