Why a Journal

So many thoughts and I just can't get my head around why or what I am doing.  I get paralyzed trying to think through everything and how it should be done, what it should look like, will it be good, so much so that I never start.  Trying to balance those thoughts and actually getting something down, I am at least finally starting.

This is to be a place for me to journal my experiences with photography with where I am, what I am doing and maybe some thoughts about what I may want to photograph next.

From about 2003, when I bought my first digital camera, I shot mostly activities that my kids were involved with and as they have grown and moved on, I began spending more time with other photographic opportunities.  Then on a trip in August 2015 to South Carolina, I went to one of my favorite places, Jones Gap State Park, with my wife to take a few photos. As I was taking some of my last shots of the morning, I was standing in the middle of the Saluda river taking a long exposure shot. It was to be a 6 second shot, and after starting the exposure, I turned to look at a possible new composition. Turning back to the camera, I saw my tripod begin to slide off of the slick rocks and as time seemed to stand still, $4,000 worth of camera equipment slowly submerged into the river.  What I thought was extremely quick reactions to save the inevitable, it was not quick enough. As I walked back to where my wife was sitting, she could tell something must have happened when she saw my face.  I did everything I could over the next few days and then upon my return home sent it on to Canon to see if it could be saved. I realized the news would not be good as the tracking indicated that it had been received and shipped back in less than an hour.

As a result of the event, my enthusiasm for photography for some reason also slid slowly away.

My last exposure, taken as my tripod and camera slid into the Saluda river. Canon 7D, Canon 24-70mm  f/2.8L.  ISO 100 6.0 sec

My last exposure, taken as my tripod and camera slid into the Saluda river.

Canon 7D, Canon 24-70mm  f/2.8L.  ISO 100 6.0 sec