Barrier to Entry

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I have a tough job.

Yeah, yeah.  I know what some of you might be thinking…”hold up, you work at home.  How hard can that be?!!”  Not talking about that part – I actually think that part’s awesome.  I love my job.  The tough part is that I’m in an industry where there is no real barrier to entry.

Every single person who walks into Best Buy (or navigates to B&H Photo or Amazon) right now can walk out with a camera (even a drone these days) and a turnkey system that does what I do (for the most part).  No real barrier to entry.  There’s no test.  No certification.  No actual degree needed.  All of credentials set you apart and certainly improve the chances that you’ll actually make it, but it’s not required to call yourself a photographer or video producer.

Therein lies the issue.  I have to co-exist with everybody these days, because everybody is a photographer.  Everybody is a video editor/producer.  I’m not trying to rain on anybody’s parade.  You can actually become a decent photographer/video producer without a degree, but you have to work really hard at it, maintain it and even then not everybody can do it well.  I’ve got a long way to go and I’d loathe myself if I ever thought I knew it all.  Heck, even the major players (networks and production houses) make continuity mistakes and bad decisions in their productions.

I’ll just continue to try to stand out from the rest and have faith that my potential clients will know the difference and make good choices when it comes to production quality.

“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”

Mission Accomplished

Well, I did it.  I said I would and I did.  I went into panic mode in the first 200 meters of the swim because I started the race cold and my heart rate skyrocketed.  And you can’t really stop and rest when you’re swimming in open water.  I found my stride at about the 1/4-mile mark and shaved about 20 minutes off my swim time of my first (and only other) Olympic some 20 years ago.  The run was a little slow because I was favoring my leg from the surgery, but all in all I’m pleased with how I did and how far I’ve come since the end of January.


  

Challenge

I’m committing to competing in the Challenge Williamsburg this Summer.  I took an entire year off of racing and am itching to get back “in the saddle” so to speak.  I think I might be done (won’t really say “never”) with pure bicycle racing for now, but need/want to stay fit.  I think this is how I’ll do it.  I was looking over the course maps and sure enough, this is where it starts!

Jamestown Beach Park near Williamsburg, VA

Jamestown Beach Park near Williamsburg, VA

Something On Me

Apparently this hat has become my vacation hat.  I only got it for our trip to Africa so my head wouldn’t burn because of my short hair, but I’m loving it now.  I might just make it my “shooting” hat.

Something On Me

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Salty

That unattractive phase of the winter storm where the roads have started to clear and what’s been laid down underneath is really starting to show.  And it gets in your house.  And in your car.  It’s just blah.

SALTY 04

SALTY 01

SALTY 02

Laugh

Really putting myself out there.

“If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.”

– Jimmy Buffet

Laugh

In My Town

I think I’m going to change it up a bit moving forward with my One-A-Day.  So much about photography is about being in the right place at the right time so I’m going to post photos (hopefully never-before-seen ones) according to a daily prompt (which may also change in the future), but not necessarily taken on that day.

This image is a prime example of right place, right time.  This image was taken just before the downtown walking mall was completely redone as part of a revitalization push.  This view, however, didn’t change much.

The Night Before

ViewBug featured this photo and had me describe my process for their social feeds. See it here.  Order a print of this image.