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The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

by @ 2:48 pm on August 12, 2005.

I believe it has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Or I could have just made that up, hard to say. I make a lot of things up. At any rate, my Uncle Jim created a blog. No, check that. He created a Photography Journal. He’s been amazingly good about updating it, and so, not wanting to be left out, I’ve gone and created one too. It’s creation is largely a result of my effort to avoid cleaning my desk, or doing some other productive thing. It’s likely that eventually I’ll clean my desk in order to avoid posting to this blog, and the cycle will be complete. But for now, messy desk and all, here goes.

 

Two years ago now, back in 2003, I decided that I needed to upgrade my camera. I had started going to the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event every year to take pictures. With the digital camera we (my family) had at the time, I could never get the timing right, and inevitably ended up with pictures of noses, tails, or often empty space. I did much better with the film camera, but the cost of taking a million pictures was prohibitive. With dad’s encouragement (he’s always eager to spend my money), we began looking at a new digital camera. I forget which model it was. And then I believe it was Jim (who is also always eager to spend my money) who pointed to a more expensive model, that was on a nice rebate at the time (I think it was one of the Nikon Coolpix models). Wanting to play with the camera before we purchased it, dad and I headed over to Superior Photo. I explained to the owner what I was after, and he said if you really wanted to do sports photography (ie, have the picture take as soon as you press the shutter), well then, you needed an SLR. He recommended the Nikon D100. At $1700 for just the body, I had to think hard about that one. It must’ve taken me a good 30 seconds to decide that was the camera I needed. We were leaving for Rolex in less than a week, and of course Superior was out of the D100s, and wasn’t going to get any in in time for Rolex. I called every photo place I could find, and finally located one in Charleston, WV, which is on the way to KY. We picked the D100 up on the way to Rolex, and I took some lovely photos that weekend. At least, pretty dang good for my first go out with the camera. My best Rolex pictures from 2003 onward can be found in my photo gallery, under Events. And here is one of my Rolex favorites, which is from 2004:

Rolex

Of course in addition to taking photos of horse events (of which Rolex is the main one I attend), I also enjoy taking photos of my two horses, Dakota (top photo, below), and Caleb (bottom photo, below). Of course they seldom do anything interesting when I’m around with the camera, but even so, they have found themselves the subjects of many photos, which can be found in my photo gallery, under Horses.

Kota

Caleb

Something else I’ve played with  from time to time is photographing flowers in the yard. My last effort resulting in one of my all-time favorite photos to date. This one is of mom’s day lilies in the back yard:

Daylilies

And so ends my first post. I do not claim my simple little blog can compare to Jim’s Photography Journal, but I endeavor to do my best, all the same.

 

2 Responses to “The Sincerest Form Of Flattery”

  1. Pa Says:

    Very nicely done. You have a lot of your Uncle Jim in you. 🙂

  2. Jim Cook Says:

    You do realize that I need to either find (or photoshop) a suitable picture of you in retaliation to the one you posted of me. 🙂 I am very excited about your blog and your first entry already blew my blog away. You certainly provided me a high goal to shoot for. Can’t wait for your next entry.

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