Today, completely out of the blue, I received a heartwarming comment from a fan in the far North of New Zealand.
I am humbled and flattered but mostly amazed that complete strangers take an abiding interest in my work.
To all of you out there a big thank you is in order and I hope that what I do will encourage you all to pursue something equally worthwhile.
I have to be honest though and say that taking photos of beautiful New Zealand is probably the easiest assignment any photographer could have!
Anyways I thought that it would be nice for Chana's comments to receive a better forum on this blog.
Here are Chana's comments and my reply:
Thank you for this special place you have created here online, for us all to enjoy.
Let me say, I only discovered your blog site about a month ago, purely by accident, from over on the trademe website. I have during that time [ up until now that is ] been quite happy to enjoy your photograph's as a quiet visitor & observer.
Truly, you have a magical place here, insomuch, that you have been able to capture the essence and magnificence of this beautiful country New Zealand in all her splendor and glory.
I would like you to know that I am inspired by your site and your stunning photographs, in that I feel a gentle nudge to create and do something similar.
Though I am only a budding amateur in the field of photography, and, in no way a professional, and, a person who owns a rather inexpensive kodak digital. I am nontheless undeterred, but rather enthusiatic.
Again, thank you for your works, the inspiration, and, the Rainbow photo's are in a word, breathtaking [ how did that happen so, not once, but, twice! ] *grin* as all your photographs are, take care.
Harmoniously, Chana H Davis
Coopers Beach - Northland NZ
Thank you for your kind words and encouragement Chana. It's always great to hear from people who have enjoyed viewing my photos.
Let me first off say that I do hope you take up photography. I think you will find it very rewarding.
I have never been to Northland but I'm sure it is just as beautiful as Dunedin and just as suitable for outdoor photography.
Digital cameras are improving all the time and are mostly easy to use. I use 2 cameras - both Sonys, but I have found learning how to take a good photo really comes with practice and even sometimes a bit of old fashioned good luck.
The good thing about being a photographer is that it can change the way we see the mundane and ordinary things around us. It is also an opportunity to get out and about more and explore this land. New Zealand is a special place and I think we Kiwis take it for granted . From the feedback I have had from overseas visitors they all send glowing reports back home about New Zealand.
It's a funny thing but I've found it's not until you take a photo that people actually start to appreciate their surroundings. Hence why I take so many landscapes of beaches around Dunedin.
I started this blog as a way to share my photos with a wider audience. So far, I'm gald to say, that it's all been for the good.
Finally if you do decide to take up photography I can recommend a number of websites for sharing pictures.
The first one is flickr.com which has a very cool slideshow feature.
The second is webshots.com which has a very nice downloadable desktop calendar and photo program. And of course you can easily start a blog at Googles blogger.com or somewhere else.
All of the above are free.