The windows are wet and the pitter patter of rain on the roof is getting louder..... During lunch it was starting to look a little grim and my mood turning sour as the prospect of my community project icking off in three hours was slowly slipping away.
Weather, that unpredictable element which we all work and struggle against is nothing to get down over, but in reality when it starts interfering with the work and projects we organise its easy to get a least a little frustrated.
Given all the environmental factors effecting us today the turnout for this community project was far greater than I could have ever hoped. As always there are last minute cancelations and you do have to factor in the weather and the willingness of the individuals attending but personally I was very pleased with the resulting size of our group. This was our first open to the everyday commoner community project and with the attending numbers high we kicked off to what promised to be a great evening out.
We had attending individuals of all skill levels from beginners requiring more attention to well seasoned shooters who have already developed their skills and are capable of working alone and creating stunning imagery, t was great meeting you all. I get great satisfaction from helping someone new to photography, showing them the key elements to creating fantastic images, watching them progress throughout a evening and their attitude towards creativity / image creation expanding.
On this trip my willingness to help new comers to the group meant I didn't get a lot of shooting time for myself, but there were a few decent opportunities between the one on one mini tutorials I presented to the group (see the four images I posted to this blog).
The general public responded very well to our presence and security guards said "hello", luckily we didn't get pestered or the group asked to move along.
Some of the locations we visited on this trip are quite popular tourist stops. Auckland city is probably one of the most population dense places in New Zealand and a popular destination for all our over seas visitors. ourists and members of the public noticed the quality of work we were producing and some even asked for help to produce images similar to ours on their cameras. I don't discriminate and happily shared my tripod with those who asked and gave quick lessons on long exposure photography and its merits pertaining to evening scenes.
I definitely had a great night out and met my personal goals for this particular project. I hope all those who came got something out of the evening and will consider joining me on future community projects.
All those who came, make sure to check out the behind the scenes images scrolling past below.