To Boldly Go: River-bound

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Tripod, rubber boots, two camera bodies, two extra charged batteries, three lenses, speedlight, pocket recorder and a snack: I’m soon off for what promises to be a most interesting day.

The story that will come from the next twelve hours is not something I am at liberty to talk about in specifics pending the completion of the project. Time will come, I trust, when I can send you to a remarkable new site that blends science, geography, conservation and story-telling. And you can read then what I’m pleasantly busy with today.

Frankly, I’m just a little nervous. It’s one thing to take snapshots of bees on bedding plants, another to be responsible for a couple of hundred images (of people and landscapes) avoiding the “Big Oops!” of having the wrong ISO, settings still 3 stops over-exposed from the last shoot, a battery going dead or simply not getting the shots somebody else wants.

I did my first family portrait session back in June and it came out fine, even though with my lack of experience with that sort of thing and the pressure of having a satisfied customer(s), the Photoshop work and record-keeping were much more tedious and angst-inducing work than I’d imagined.

I’m sure today’s project will end up just fine, though there will be no small relief (at some future point after this week’s five days of conference) when I send the images off and am satisfied with the outcome. I do think the journey will be as much reward as the destination. Soon I’ll let you know.

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