Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Out to Dinner with Friends

Yesterday, a friend and shooting buddy of mine, Tazz Taz, was in town so we decided to meet up for dinner and a catch up. It's really interesting to me when photographers get together, because the conversation always runs to wild things. We talk about places we've been, places we want to go, old times, good times, bad times, new work, and just generally catch up. It's always refreshing for me to go to these sorts of outings too because I really feel like I get a break from the world and get to catch up with good friends. Usually, we go to some great restaurants as well. As they say in some of the trades, we photographers, well, we "clean up well." It was great catching up with Tazz Taz and meeting her photographer friend Vi. We had a great time, the food was great, the memories wonderful, and we decided we would try and travel a bit more in the near future. Tazz Taz was one of the "gimp squad" from our original workshop with the wonderful and talented Elizabeth Opalenik. A few years ago, we decided to leave the confines of Santa Fe and met up in Whidbey Island. Instead of opting for a hotel, we all chipped in and rented a house from one of the web services that do this nowadays. It worked out quite wonderfully, as we ended up with a four bedroom house, right on the water, in the beautiful town of Langley. It was a great call and we really enjoyed our time in the house as well as on the island.

So, we got to talking last night and it came up that I've been itching to go to Oregon in some form or another and Tazz Taz suggested we maybe try the same deal. We could get three or four (or ?) folks together, rent a house, maybe in a place like Astoria, on the coast, and then go shooting together and just catch up. It would be a great way to get some photography in and get out of the hot summer, not to mention explore a new location.

If anybody is interested in joining in on the fun, do please let me know. We're seriously thinking about heading out that way over the summertime if we can manage it. Of course, we talked about some other places. Colorado, Montana, and a few others jump out at us, but the Astoria setup might be an ideal trial run (or second run really, since we went to Whidbey for starters.)

Hit me up if you are so-inclined and we'll see if we can make this happen. As a reminder, I'm going to be headed up the New Hampshire and Maine coast over the next few days so look for some work from up that way (perhaps) and probably news about the show in Dover at the gallery sometime soon. In case you're wondering, yes, this means there will be no opportunity weekend this week but I promise to start that back up as soon as my travel schedule will allow.

Until next time...

PS This one taken outside the Austin restaurant Dai Due, which is a farm to table experience type place. Nice food, fresh, and local over on the east side of town. This shot taken by Vi and then Snapseeded by yours truly. (Thanks, Vi!)

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