Sunday, February 21, 2010

Last summer we had some folks in the gallery who were interested in buying a photograph of the Badlands out east of Dubois. They had just bought some property to build on for a family get away. They were from Kansas. I suggested that I could do the photogrphy and from their property. I exclaimed it might take a while to get just the right shot. For the next month I made 8 or 9 trips out to the location to get pictures. had just what I wanted on about the 3d trip but I had gotten dust inside my camera and that ruined the pictures with spots. It took nearly a month to get the pictures I wanted and they purchased them from me. About 6 weeks ago they called and wanted the same thing done with a winter view. We have had very little snow the last few months and again I have made several trips out there. Finally yesterday with fresh snow on the ground I made the trip out again and got some descent photos. Only to discover upon returning home that there were those spots again. Ruined. Am I jinxed with this project? It has never happened to me and this is the 2nd time on the same folks project. Snowed again last night and early this moring was breaking up weather wise so my wife and I headed out and with crutches I tromp off into the snow with another camera I have. Got the pictures and I think they are going to work. My wife insisted I put this picture on my blog just to show what I will do for a dollar. I am onto 1 crutch but thought it best to do this with both feet on the ground. There were a number of deer on the hill watching the procedure and all betting on how I would come out. Fooled them. Never fell once.

7 comments:

Sheila said...

What a trooper you are! You certainly give your 100% to your clients. At least it is comforting to see you're not foolhardy and took both crutches with you. You'll get your shots. It will probably be a better scene to shoot.

Love that cottonwood painting. I'm studying the way you graduated the colors of the leaves and branches. Gorgeous!

Shirley Peters said...

Good work. I admire your ethic.
My husband is a photographer (www.bobpeters.com.au) who specialises in construction work, and he often gets dust and spots on his sensors in the cameras. He uses a blower to clean them, but they sometimes have to go back to Canon for serious cleaning. He will shoot the clear blue sky and check for spots before big jobs.

It used to be dust on the film... now its dust on the sensor or lens...
we have not progressed as much as we think!

PS I am new to your blog, and it looks really interesting.
I love reading about day to day minutiae... and the photos of the snow are magic!

AutumnLeaves said...

Personally, I rather like your wife's sense of humor, Gary! LOL So glad those deer betting as to whether or not you'd land on your backside were dead wrong!

Dors said...

Sometimes enjoyment can be hard work. LOL. Great persistence Gary.

Does that mean you get 2 ginger cookies in soft time. as a reward.

debwardart said...

Sorry about the trouble you are having with the camera. However, must say I like your wife's sense of humor!! And I'm glad you ventured out on 4 legs instead of 3 - better balance and much safer!!! I've been to the badlands in SD - are these one and the same, or are there some other badlands in WY? Passed through WY on our honeymoon MANY years ago! and saw a hometown rodeo somewhere around Cody and visited Yellowstone and Jackson Hole. At that time there was such a drought that there was virtually no snow on the Tetons and Jackson Lake was waaaay down. But I fell in love with the west!

Celeste Bergin said...

Well, your wife is right to insist on this---because you look tenacious and very very outdoorsy. It says a lot about you that are this committed to a good outcome.

rahina q.h. said...

what we do for art! not to mention what our families have to put up with:)