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Golden Ticket



Upon a sea of gold, originally uploaded by Images by John ‘K’.

This image was one of five I entered into a photo competition that was held by Camera West in Walnut Creek for attendees of their recent Night Photography workshop.

I was happy to find out today that it won!

What really made me happy about that more than anything else was that this helps prove that it’s not so much what you use to take the shots – it’s more about what you see when you take the shots. OK – so I was shooting with about $2,500 worth of camera gear, but I was up against people using gear up to ten (or more in the case of one of the other attendees) times that.

The camera is a tool – and for sure a good camera can help a less skilful photographer get good shots, but you can get great images regardless of whether you have spent $250, $2,500, or $25,000 on your gear!

… and the icing on the cake for me was that of the 5 “honorable mention” shots, two of them were mine too!

The Golden Gate Bridge at night

Oblivious...

All the selected images can be found here…

http://camerawestblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/sf-at-night-photo-contest-winners.html

I ‘heart’ Camera West

A couple of days ago I had the pleasure of attending a night photography ‘workshop’ organized by Camera West of Walnut Creek, and led by Leica’s Tom Brichta with help from Camera West’s Michael Maloney and Hal Kam.

Hal kept us all under control as we made our way across San Francisco to four different shooting locations, and Tom, Hal, and Michael were always on hand to offer help, advice, and encouragement.

I’d have loved to have been shooting with some of the kit I saw in use during the workshop, but accompanied by my humble Nikon D7000 I was able to get some shots that I am proud of, even though it is clear that I still have a lot to learn.

Thank you guys!

Check out their view of the event, including a shot of me in ‘action’ in Union Square at their blog…

http://camerawestblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/camera-west-sf-at-night-workshop.html

This is one of my favorite shots from the evening…