My Nikon is my mentor

It was in December 2013 that I initiated my Friday Faces project. I don’t post one every Friday, and I took quite a few weeks off this past winter, but since this first Friday Face and the two I posted today, April 17, 2015, I have posted the faces of 38 different people. Each time I gather the gumption to approach a stranger and request a  photo opp, I have taken a step forward. Photographically, I have learned from my mistakes. Although I now know that I am never going to open a portrait studio, I have learned how to approach strangers, put them at ease, produce a reasonably good photo of them, and enjoy the process. And I think my victims models enjoy it too. Most are surprised to be asked to pose for a photo shoot, but only two people have turned me down, and while some are self-conscious, others are very natural in front of the camera. When I started the project, I printed out each person’a portrait and gave them the print, but these days I just explain the project and hand them the business card I have printed up with my name and the address of the blog where I post their picture. That seems to work well for them and for me too. One man told me that his picture is sitting on top of their TV and another proudly reported sending his portrait out to all his family members that live far away. I felt pretty honored by that! The best part of this project is the way it has changed me from a solitary introverted walker focused (pun intended) on taking pictures of the birds I see on the park trails into an open, outgoing individual able to initiate interactions with an amazing variety of people. Best of all, I have a lot of new friends. I owe it all to my camera, which is why I can claim my Nikon is my mentor.

Written in response to the Mentor Me prompt on the Daily Post

Here is another post on the Friday Faces topic.

Carolyn aka Skip

A glorious day!

I can’t think of a better title for today’s blog post. A sunny, blue sky with a high temperature that hovered around 80 degrees. I couldn’t dream of a more beautiful day. As you’ve probably noticed, I have a penchant for walking and taking pictures, and as this was the perfect day for doing both, I grabbed my camera and headed for the park.  I have my eye open for several specific birds. Today I spotted one of them: the yellow-bellied sapsucker. It is not a rare bird, but I still get excited when I see one of them. Today there was one hanging around in the bog, so I got several shots. Here are my favorites:

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And if sunny blue skies, 80 degree temperatures, and the sapsucker portraits weren’t enough reason to celebrate, I was blessed with another photo opportunity. As I aimed my camera at the sapsucker, two people came down the trail and stopped to watch, and we got into conversation. The gentleman asked if I would like to take his picture. “You won’t get too many opportunities to take the picture of a World War II veteran,” is what he said. He didn’t have to ask me twice. I was honored to have the opportunity, so here are today’s portraits of WWII vet, Lud Lekson and his wife Helen (Click on a picture to enlarge them).

Lud is 92 years old and the middle son of five who all served in WWII or the Korean War. Lud served in the Merchant Marines. When I asked where he served, he answered “all over the place,” and then told me a story about meeting up with his oldest brother when the were both in the Philippines.

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