Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

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A few years ago I went to Maui with my photography class of 16/17 classmates for a photography trip of 10 days.  We would go from photo hot spot to photo hot spot. We would all be photographing the same thing. So I just watched what everyone else was doing so I decided to shoot the same thing but a little different.

Are teacher, Mr. King, was a very good teacher and would let you know what you were doing wrong and how to correct it. Well, in Maui we had 5 days of shooting then we had to turn in our rolls of 35 mm slide film. He arranged to have all the film sent to Honolulu for developing and shipped back the next day.

We had to put together 15 slides to present for a slide show and critique in two days. Problem was that there was only one projector. Some people had 12 to 17 boxes of 36 slides they wanted to go through before they passed along the projector.

I found out who had the projector and went to see if they where done with it.  The couple said,  they needed it a little longer because, between them they had 17 rolls each of slides and were having a hard time collecting 15 slides each for the critique. I went back to my room and thought what did I do wrong because I only had two rolls of 36.

When I got the projector, I started sorting through my slides and discovered that I had a hard time submitting only 15. I still felt I must have been doing something wrong. Did I miss a field trip or two. Thursday came and it was time for the critique. I was very nervous because I must have forgotten something. It was finally my turn to show my slides and was preparing for the chorus of how bad my photos were. In stead to my surprise Mr. King complemented me on 8 out of the fifteen slides.

When we got back to the states class mates started thinking about getting what pictures  they wanted to enter into the Los Angeles Fair. When it became time to get are fair pictures ready people were scurrying  around to get there photos developed and mounted for the show. Everyone was allowed to enter 4 prints, and there was several categories. This was the first time that I would enter 4 prints, last year I only entered two. The fair had there judging and only the winners were displayed. Two of my photos from Maui were displayed, one won a Gold Medal and the other an Honorable Mention.

The reason I’m telling this story is that I never thought I was very good at photography, because I didn’t know how to draw a straight line without a ruler. I wasn’t artistically  inclined  so I had to learn what makes a good photo. That took a lot of practice. I would shoot two rolls of 36 per month and have them printed so I could see how they turned out.  Today with digital cameras and computers it is a lot cheaper.

I took 51/2 years at night school with Mr.King – he was a good instructor.

This is a few photos that I have that I think are very good. There are many more but I didn’t want show an album or two.

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I know that there is much more for me to learn especially with all this digital age ,photo shop and computers. That may happen at sometime but not today.

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6 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

  1. Jim, you ARE a great photographer – even if you can’t draw a straight line with a ruler. The important thing is that you are enjoying the craft, and you have made some images that other people enjoy as well. 🙂

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