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© Natalie S
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UploadedAugust 11, 2008
MakeOlympus Optical Co.,ltd
Exposure1/3 sec at f/2.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length6.6 mm
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This is for those JPGers out there who say they know they will never get published and their work isn't on par. Mine isn't either. Still I hope and try to learn. I've got no technical expertise, no impressibe background, and really only know how to operate my camera basically. There's so much I need to learn, yet time is always eluding me.And I don't know that I would be much better with time either.

These are photos I took that I am delivering tomorrow to a restuarant near where I work. I was in there a couple of months ago, snapping photos of my meal, as that's what I like to do. I have a wine blog that I try to post at, and I love food, and I enjoy taking photos of both for my own satisfaction only. The owner saw me taking pics of my meal and asked if he could see the images on my camera. I was mortified as I was only doing it for me. He asked if he could have them. I told him I am not a professional and don't know what I'm doing. He told me he didn't care and that my photos were "perfect" to him.

I printed out proofs and did a 5x7 framed and matted image for him and he said he loved it, but wanted them bigger. I enlarged to 8x10, framed and matted them, and he's getting them tomorrow night. He is paying me very well for my amateur images. They are going to be displayed on his restaurant walls. In addition, he's requested I take more photos of more meals and his logo. He wants my work on his website as well.

And so, just because you might not get published, just because you're not an Ivy League photo graduate, even if you don't know how to use your camera to it's full potential, if it gives you joy, keep it up. You never know what may come of it.

20 responses

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (10 Aug 2008):

    Thank you, Natalie! I needed that. Great motivational talk. Cool shot. I wish you well in your endeavors.

  • * Jeff Boucher

    * Jeff Boucher said (10 Aug 2008):

    Awesome, dont cut yourself short, you should have told him you do it as a aide business. More $
    Anyway, your shots are well thought out and come across very nicely for decor'

  • * Jeff Boucher

    * Jeff Boucher said (10 Aug 2008):

    P.S. Ikea has awesome affordable frames.

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (10 Aug 2008):

    so totally cool natalie :-)

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (10 Aug 2008):

    I am so happy for you...Make sure you display your name everywhere and more work will come to you..

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt said (10 Aug 2008):

    What did snow white say when she stopped a day early to pick up her pictures at cvs? "some day my prints will come"

  • Jay Stockhaus

    Jay Stockhaus (Deleted) said (10 Aug 2008):

    That's fantastic.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (11 Aug 2008):

    Natalie: I am thrilled for you!! This is really exciting! You are awesome!

  • Jessica Martinez

    Jessica Martinez gave props (11 Aug 2008):

    That is wonderful!!

  • Steve Hogle

    Steve Hogle gave props (11 Aug 2008):

    Natalie... That Is fantastic... I'm So happy for you... Keep it up!

  • Kathy Hardin

    Kathy Hardin gave props (11 Aug 2008):

    congradulations! I often wonder what I am doing on this site but your right if you like taking photos then we should keep it up. My co-worker wanted some of my flower pictures, I printed them in 8x10 she had them framed and matted her self. No cost to her but a house warmming gift.

  • Jay El

    Jay El said (11 Aug 2008):

    How wonderful, Natalie!! This makes us all so happy for you, but also for us, that we're like you, full of passion for taking photographs, one day it all “clicks”... Need to tell us which restaurant, need to photograph your photographs on the wall there, and show us here!

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S said (12 Aug 2008):

    You guys here are all the best! I haven't logged on in over 24 hours (amazing huh? I'm attending JPG Anonymous) and seeing so many comments and well wishes here just brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for all of the support.

  • Maria Gonzalez

    Maria Gonzalez gave props (12 Aug 2008):

    Natalie, congrats!!! the best to you!!!!...and, thank you kindly for posting this, it is quite an inspiration for us all to continue on on this great venture.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (13 Aug 2008):

    Fantastic shot!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (13 Aug 2008):

    Cool beans that is.

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (14 Aug 2008):

    Oh, Natalie that is awesome! I am so happy that you are getting that Huge prop from the restaurant!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (16 Aug 2008):

    Natalie, those are cool photos! love ypur story.I'm encourage!!!!

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (6 Oct 2008):

    tiy gi Natalie...& just keep going! :-00 woo-hoooo!

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (15 Jul 2009):

    Lovely photo :)

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