Looking at a photo and going, “Oh, that’s nice” is ok, but I’d rather get the Oohs and Aahs synonymous with watching fireworks, when people look at my work. Even when I’m selecting images for my online galleries, if I don’t feel a ‘Wow’ factor, that’s evidence I should pass on the shot and look for something else.
Interestingly, my enthusiasm with photography occurred just before the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1987. My wife and I had just returned home from the Hawaiian vacation which had prompted me to get my first 35mm SLR, when the quake struck. During the capture of over 28,000 images since then, I’ve felt the earth move under my feet many times when getting that ‘perfect’ shot.
Because I focused my efforts on nature originally, and especially flowers, when I was looking for a business name, it was only natural to pick something that reflected my interests. I tried hard to create sensational images of flowers blooming but didn’t shy away from other subject matter so Bloomsations and More seemed like a good fit.
More recently, I’ve found myself enjoying the practice of combining photos with words and therefore have launched two Facebook pages to showcase those efforts. Captioned Critters is my attempt at matching cute sayings with even cuter animal shots while with The Quote Boat, I seek to meld non-animal photos with words that may make you stop and think or laugh out loud.