Dune Ride Math

5 hours of sleep
3 layers
2 jackets
1 sunrise
1 triple mocha
1 breakfast
1 passenger
2 cars
6 photographers
5 photo emergencies / opportunities
1 lighthouse
4 loons
1 coyote
3 vultures
2 blown break lights
1 wild turkey
1 bottled water
1 visitor center
1 lunch
3 barns
4 nice guys trying to fix my break lights on the side of the road in “nowhere”
1 historic village
1 Coast Guard outpost
1 posted Cougar warning
1 dune hike
1 Facebook post
1 echo
1 closed coffee shop
1 more barn
1 cemetery
1 school house
1 outhouse
1 last barn!
3 deer
6 more turkeys
1 more lighthouse
40 degrees
0 gloves (oops)
1 cloudy sunset
1 dinner
0 root beer
1 tank of gas
1 more bottled water
40 sour candies
0 group shots
2 new break light bulbs
1 awesome husband
380 miles =

423 photos

Favorite line of the day is from the National Park Service’s posted cougar encounter tips…


And to think I was planning to just lay there and bleed…


I was just accepted as a contributing photographer at iStockPhoto.com!

This is a huge step for me. Huge.

One tiny coffee shop show and a cousin’s wedding not withstanding, I’ve never really sold my work before. This … this is good.

As with any hobby (serious or casual) there are expenses. Obviously you want to add or upgrade equipment now and then. You also have to worry about books, association/club memberships, training, travel, etc. The beauty of creative hobbies – photography, quilting, painting, etc. – is that there is the potential to off-set those expenses by selling the product of your work.  I’m a good photographer – not an Adams or a Weegee by any means – but good.

I can do this.

I know that I’m not going to get rich, or even make a living, but if I could just afford that new Sigma telephoto….

My So-Called Life

Day Break

Originally uploaded by Mac Girl

It’s been an adventure this year, it truly has. I’ve flown around the world, visited another country, started this here blog with my favourite kiwi, traveled to the great city of Philadelphia for the (AND had my first cheesesteak at Geno’s), taken my first foray into professional photography, seen 28 movies since April 20th (yes, I’ve finally racked up the points but I’m still waiting for my invite)… and lost my job.

Like I said, an adventure.

The job thing though… I know it should bother me – and it did for a few days – but now I truly think it was a blessing in disguise. Anyway, I’m taking it as such, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year…

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This entry was cross-posted to Waddayagot.org.