These rain lilies only bloom for one day. That's so short! I wanted to add a little flair to this shot instead of making a standard flower shot so I popped the shot with a bit of flash and zoomed in during a 1 second exposure to create the spotlight effect. Fun stuff.
So I went to get some prints matted and framed including a 20x30 of Riomaggiore, an 8x12 of my favorite match shot, and an 8x12 of my chess photo. While I was there, along with several other prints I'd brought, people around me started looking at all my photos and asking lots of questions.
The framer kept looking at the match photo. She's an awesome lady. One grandma next to me, it turns out her husband studied with Ansel Adams, arguably the finest landscape photographer ever. The other woman next to me mentioned that she just bought a framed print for her son and is looking for some more. One mentioned that I should put up a gallery of my prints and what do you know? I am! What perfect timing! All three people are now interested in coming to see my prints and possibly purchase some. I gave all of them directions to the gallery and let them know when my prints are going to be up.
My mom and I went back to get her favorite flower photo matted and framed. It turns out the framer was so impressed with my match photo that she had been showing off my photo to other customers. haha. Free advertising!
It seems like the new plan is to cover our walls at home with my photos. Awesome. Photographs need to be printed large. They're SO much better when you look at them blown up instead of on a computer monitor. 20x30 and larger is the proper size. The thing is that size is really pushing the limits of my 8MP 20D. Perhaps a 1Ds or 5D is in order. =) I wonder what Photokina will bring in September...