After doing shows in back to back weeks I have had time to settle in and look back on the experience. Overall I thought the shows were a success. I was able to accomplish my goals of spreading my name and introducing my work to the show goers. LBI, I felt, had a better showing which probably had to do with being the only show in the area, in Toms River, we were competing with a show in Brick. I may try to sneak one more show in before the holidays but if not probably spend most of December and January shooting and editing.
I was able to get out for three more quick shooting sessions during these busy weeks. One was on my way to my aunt and uncles house for Thanksgiving in CT, I stopped at Hudson Park in Fort Lee, NJ. I was able to get some great shots of the George Washington Bridge. The next was on my way home where I stopped briefly at Allaire State Park. I was there from about 300 until 430 so I was able to get some great late afternoon shots. Being my first trip ever to Allaire, I wasn't too familiar with the area so I look forward to getting back this winter for another session where I can spend less time scouting and more time focusing on each shot. The last session was a foggy afternoon after school. I had a couple hours to kill so I headed to Casino Pier to get some shots under the pier in the fog. There were also about 10 surfers or so out on this day so I was a little disappointed that I don't currently have a 300mm zoom lens because I could have gotten some great shots. I believe that will be my next lens though. Still torn between that and a wide angle. These shots are all up on the site right now for a preview but will undergo some more editing this week.
One last note from the shows. At the fist Toms River show one of the vendors across from me, Barbra, had come to me after the show and asked for my help for a Christmas present. She had several pictures of her granddaughter doing her gymnastics routine she wanted cropped out and placed on a canvas. I have never done this before but since part of my business is custom prints I accepted. The finished product came out terrific and was also a definite learning experience in Photoshop. I don't use Photoshop much in my current prints as far as cropping goes, so my knowledge wasn't fully there to start, but once I got started it seemed to come easy. My attention to detail came out when tracing the crop using the magnetic lasso tool. Given the size of the prints, I probably didn't have to be so precise with the trace but I didn't want to leave anything to chance in my first project like this. With her permission I can post the final product as an example for future clients.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with their families, I am looking forward to a great holiday season.