Recently a long-term friend was looking at a set of my images and commented that she could recognize that an image was mine without seeing my name on it. I was pleased to hear that because for so many years I have struggled with the concept of ‘style”. A few years ago I spent three early mornings with my friend Alice Martin-Kunkle who lives in Newport, Oregon and was on Whidbey Island in Washington for the week. She is very focused on images of the ocean and the beach areas in Oregon. A large amount of our conversation together was about “style”. What was her style vs my style? Style has been an elusive concept for me most of my life. I am pleased to see a style, a point of view, or a way that I approach subjects, showing up in the work I do. I really noticed it in my time with Alice, as her approach to the subjects we were shooting is somewhat different than mine. Working together gave me another opportunity to look at my “style” and gave me an opportunity to get clearer about the thread or message that runs through all of my images. As a photographer, having the opportunity to shoot with someone with equal or greater skills than me is a wonderful gift. I highly recommend it for everyone. Find photographers who you relate with, someone who shares your love of the art and brings passion to their shooting and go on shoots with them. I really noticed the added power of actually working together to create shots as opposed to going out together but working as solos. The synergistic effect of creating images together is amazing to say the least. I highly recommend, as you move forward, to begin to look at your natural “style” and how that affects how you look at the world through the viewfinder of your camera. I suspect that if you combine that with sharing time with shooting partners, that you will see a continued growth in confidence about the images you capture. Have a great month shooting!
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The December 7, 2016 Meeting
The December 7th meeting was well attended. Joe Whyte brought a guest, James Marx, who has become a new member. Dennis Warnesky led a discussion on holiday gift giving for photographers. He shared a list of items in various price ranges. I shared some ideas on holiday shooting. After birthdays and door prize drawing during the break the balance of the meeting was devoted to viewing "The Colors of the Season" challenge images. You can check out the Challenge images for December by clicking here or by going to the the Challenge menu dropdown and picking December, 2016.
The January, 2017 Meeting The next meeting of MAPS is on January 4th at 6:00 pm in the CAC (MAN Community Art Center) in the Lake Arrowhead Village. Dennis will be presenting an in-depth workshop on the do's and don't's of "Available Light Photography" He will include technical tips and examples of various situations where photographing in available light does and does not work. After the break, we will review the Challenge images for December which were on the topic, “Holiday Spirit”. Everyone is welcome and if you have not attended before, the first meeting is free. Come share your love of photography on Wednesday, January 4th!
Please see the "Contact Us" page to get more detail on the location Thank you to all who are participating in MAPS and see you at the next meeting.
The Monthly Challenge
The "Challenge" for this month is, "Holiday Spirit". This month we are looking for at least one image sharing how the holidays showed up in your life. You can share outdoor scenes or family events. Share with us something memorable from this holiday season. Please submit up to two images with at least one of them based on the assignment. The other can be anything you would like to share. Use your imagination and be as creative as possible. I will be looking forward to seeing what you come up with. We will review these images at the January 7th meeting. Please forward your jpeg files to me at email@example.com by January 2nd to be included in the slideshow. I will not be at the meeting for the 2nd half, so, I will need to forward them to Dennis, so please do not be late.
Joe Whyte is usually at Camp Paivika on Tuesdays. currently around 4:00 PM for the sunset shoot and dog walk depending on the weather. Check our Blog Page or Contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to confirm the time. This is a great opportunity for some great sunset rim views!