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“To be a photographer, one must photograph. No amount of book learning, no checklist of seminars attended, can substitute for the simple act of making pictures. Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters…”  Harry Callahan

Viva Las Vegas . . . Day Two.   We drove in a caravan out to Death Valley today.  We spent most of the afternoon exploring Rhyolite, a small ghost town on the edge of Death Valley.  I could have spent the entire day there – it was that interesting.  There were old buildings and rail cars, and a very eclectic Museum with very interesting statues and artifacts.  It’s really a Photographers paradise.  We spread from one end of the site to the other . . . all immersed in our own creative juices attempting to put our own unique spin on what we were documenting here.  We didn’t actually make it in to Death Valley because we ran out of time . . . and it was very cold and overcast by time nightfall came.  Our intention was to photograph the sunset, and then get some star trails . . . but that wasn’t going to happen with an overcast sky.  Oh well . . . we left Rhyolite feeling very pleased with ourselves and wishing we’d had more time there!  

This photo was taken in an old abandoned cabin.  I applied some HDR processing, and tweaked a bit more in Photoshop.

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“Honey, I am the chief of my train. If critics want to hop on board, fantastic. There’s plenty of room. The KP train is fun.”  Katy Perry
 

I’m not a huge fan of Katy Perry, but I do like this quote of hers. I think it’s a great attitude, one that we all could adopt.  I was just talking this week with my sister about one of my biggest challenges in my quest to become a bonafide “photographer”.  That challenge is the voice of critics . . . what they say and don’t say about my work.  I’m on a mission here, and I’ve come a long way in a short time.  I picked up my first camera when I was 16 years old in high school, and was smitten from that point.  Life got in the way though, so now I am pursuing my passion.  Photography.  Two years ago I did not understand the relationship of aperture, ISO, and shutterspeed.  I knew light was important, but I didn’t understand the how and why.  I still have so much to learn . . . and I am so enjoying the journey.  So there ya go . . . I’m going to adopt Katy Perry’s attitude and accept all critics with an open heart.  It’s all just part of the process after all.  

Today’s shot is Honey Bear’s first breakfast in Canada.  Poached eggs and toast with honey.  Very yummy honey!  Not sure exactly what type of honey it is . . . but it’s very light and flavorful!

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