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Friday, January 05, 2007

The Great Picture Hunt

The bad thing about being laid off is, well, being laid off. I've been on severance since September, formerly with a big consulting company. My role there was made redundant after eight years. Same story for a lot of tech people in Ottawa. I just happened to endure the effects of the technological bubble burst several years longer than most of my colleagues. Personnel in India, Spain or Manila can do what I was doing for a fraction of the cost. So it goes.

The good thing is that I have precious time to spend with my amazing son. (Time is precious ain't it?) And recently, I have been reading a lot of photography and photojournalism-related material. Among them, there's one inspiring book I bought in the fall of 2005, The Great Picture Hunt 2 by Dave LaBelle. He is a distinguished photojournalist and professor based out of the University of Kentucky. It's a cliché but I go back to this book every now and then to draw upon his experience and seek fresh approaches to taking photos.

The message is simple for aspiring photojournalists - it is encapsulated in the book's title, get out and hunt for that photo. That's what I have been doing all along, and it paid off today as I went on an afternoon stroll with the baby (and my other baby, the Nikon). After I installed Matthew in his car seat, I spied Mr. Dion walking back to the Hill. Out came the camera and I snapped a few quick frames and immediately his colleague asked if I wanted to be in the photo, so I agreed and handed over my camera.

(The next Prime Minister of Canada) and current Liberal Party leader, Stéphane Dion, and John W. MacDonald shake hands in front of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Pearl said...

Great shot of two stars to rise higher. :)
Always be prepared with camera. Good policy.

Saturday, January 06, 2007 11:12:00 PM  
Blogger Max Middle said...

wow, that looks like a firm handshake. you two aren't distant relatives, are you? i sense a certain similarity.

Sunday, January 07, 2007 5:39:00 PM  

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