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What I did on my summer vacation

July 13, 2017  •  1 Comment

I have just returned from a photography retreat at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.  Okay, in the Omega catalog, it would technically be a “workshop” - but more accurately, Photography and the Emotional Landscape, with Douglas Beasley, is six days spent with your camera in a photographers’ playground with a teacher who will turn your photographic world on its ear. This is why I went - for the third time.  

Family Tree

Remember, we never step in the same river twice.

Knitting LadyKnitting Lady - and a bag of other little plastic people - joined me at Omega.

I have a lot to share from my time in the woods, but it will take me a while to line it all up, word-wise.  So instead, I will indulge you with some images, and a list of resolves, which I hope you will help me keep.


My resolves


  1. No more watermarks.  I’m on the fence about them to begin with, never used them in Aperture.  But when I switched to Lightroom, watermarks were so darned easy over there, I said - what the hey?  I’ll give ‘em a whirl. Then the subject came up in class, which made me think.  Although watermarking some images may be prudent, depending on the subject and where you’re posting it, you’re also adding distraction to something beautiful, on purpose.  Why would I want to do that?  “Worry about having work that is good enough to steal.” (Doug Beasley)
  2. Post more on the Vision Quest Workshops Facebook page.  It’s a good place to be seen.
  3. Whenever I feel anxious, I’m going to get out my camera.  Believe it or not, this retirement stuff can make one anxious (and the state of the world in general doesn’t help).  I guess I’m not alone.  Someone in class mentioned how grabbing her camera helped her get through some family/health issues, and how it ended up becoming a form of meditation for her.  Sounds good to me.
  4. Post more on my blog.  Help me keep this one, folks!  If you don’t hear from me after a while, drop me a line.  Tell me about a blog I should read or a place I should go for pictures.  Maybe I just need a little inspiration…
  5. Slow down, but don’t stop.  Slowing down = good.  Stopping = not good.
  6. I’m going on a Google voyage with my class notes, starting with the long list of other photographers to check out.  
  7. Do something photographic every day.  It does not have to be new work.  It can be editing old work, looking at other people’s stuff, watching videos, etc.  But do something.
  8. Make a blog entry out of this list.  Done, done and done!



Helen Richardson(non-registered)
You are inspiring me to start "taking better care" of my passion - especially with #7. I look forward to following along on your blog and your photographic life journey!
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