Seeking the Light (Never Give Up)

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Seeking the Light, originally uploaded by 0 W8ing.

I was given a few seeds of Cosmos, which I planted in a pot, earlier this Summer. One tall stem was blown over.. “and I Can’t Get Up”.

I did “right” it, after two buds had already started to turn upwards. Once the stem was vertical again, the buds then just kept on following the sun across the afternoon sky; in the last light of the day, this one became an inspiration.
Shot with an auto extension tube, backing a Nikon 18-55mm VR lens. Manual focus was a Must in the breezes, and I feel Lucky to have gotten this.
Thank you for looking.

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Wayne Upchurch

For years, as a “professional ogler” (a newspaper staff photographer), I simultaneously explored photography as craft/process/medium in its own right. The photojournalism work –credentials and mindset– got me into (and out of) places I would certainly never have had access to on my own. I was also practicing the discipline of getting a picture where there didn’t appear to be one and getting it Finished in a timely manner, to professional standards. I also learned to create imminently readable images despite poor reproduction in a small size. Though it took me several years to get this, the value of making photos that illustrated something already laid out in the story was suddenly Not Enough, and I began to make assignment pictures that added dimensions not already in the writing, or better Yet, raised questions so that the reader would go to the story for more answers. Having gained more than dreamt of, when starting out, I left to pursue my own personal photography, mounting exhibits along the way. I also worked with commercial photographer friends doing studio product photography, and making headshots for actors. Later, I also helmed a Public Radio “spacemusic” program, and acted in a Wilmington, NC drama company. I put the cameras away for a few years, to finish shedding the habit of self-limiting my identity as just “Photographer”, and can now pursue personal pleasure and expression through the freedom that digital imaging offers. Sharing photos on Flickr and participating locally in meetups and outings has renewed a passion for making new images and for sharing the process with others. For some time, I’ve found myself writing detailed comments on other people’s photos, as well as thoughts and pet ideas about photography, in general.

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