I’ll be speaking at the Houston Photochrome Club on August 12th at 7:00 PM at the Tracy Gee Community Center on the west side of Houston. The Houston Photochrome Club is the largest camera club in the Houston area and its members are among some of the best amateur photographers in the region.
Sharing my passion for landscape and nature photography in the Texas Hill Country with a group of photography enthusiasts is something like preaching to the choir. It’s amazing to me how many folks from different walks of life have fallen in love the camera like I did 35 years ago. It’s also very gratifying to see younger folks take up this hobby of a lifetime and begin to learn how to “see” all over again.
When I speak in front of group like this or when I’m teaching my workshops, I always stress the two most important skills that a photographer must cultivate; patience and persistence. Learning photography is a lifetime commitment and once you travel down this path you never know quite where it will lead you. Honestly, I find that to be one of the most intriguing aspects of any craft; you are never “done”. There is always something new to learn and something new to try.
For some, this challenge can be a bit daunting and they’ll look for a quick answer by buying the latest and greatest camera each year, hoping that it will make them a better photographer. I’ve been capturing images on and off for over 35 years and each time I pick up the camera it’s still a struggle to get my creative juices flowing. That’s where persistence comes in. I’ll visit the same locations month after month and year after year hoping the conditions will be just right for me to get that perfect shot. The conditions are never “perfect” and I seldom come away with what I think is the “perfect shot”, but I keep coming back, month after month and year after year.
Without trying to sound too cliche, like most things in life, there are no real shortcuts in photography. It takes years to learn your craft and years to develop your own unique style. There’s no “fast track” in this process, just patience and persistence.
View Location on Panoramio & Google Earth: Gorman Falls – Colorado Bend State Park in Bend, Texas