Be ’12 — April

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20120428-JohnstonvilleGA-002″, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

So, April didn’t pan out for me very well at all, at least where making pictures is concerned. The shoot I had planned was to take place on the way home from a two-hour meeting west of here. Unfortunately, the two-hour meeting lasted over seven hours, I gained a few passengers for the ride home, and the whole plan just disintegrated. Roy took me out later in the month, and we had a good time and discovered some interesting local history. I made some good images, but not what I had imagined for the April B ’12.

"20120428-JohnstonvilleGA-012", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“20120428-JohnstonvilleGA-012”, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120428-JohnstonvilleGA-012", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“20120428-JohnstonvilleGA-012”, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

We visited Johnstonville GA, which has an interesting history, including a State Historical Marker about it being the first county seat in Monroe County (it is now in Lamar County). This brick building, and a restored schoolhouse, are all that is left of the town.

"20120428-SandyCreekCemeteryButtsCoGA-005", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“20120428-SandyCreekCemeteryButtsCoGA-005”, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120428-SandyCreekCemeteryButtsCoGA-010", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“20120428-SandyCreekCemeteryButtsCoGA-010”, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

We also found a very old cemetery near Barnesville, the Sandy Creek Cemetery. It has graves from the 1700’s, many that were marked only by a rock, and many that were unmarked. Most interesting, it has graves from all the wars, including the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, War Between the States, WW1 and WW2. We talked to a young man who was volunteering his time to maintain the area. Although we did not see every bit of the cemetery, he confirmed there were soldiers from every war there. It was an awesome find in this rural area, and definitely someplace we will return.

May is shaping up to be a bit of a let down too. After last year’s project, and making images every week, it is ironic to me that this year is proving to be so challenging. I’m afraid my over-commitments are showing, and beginning to take their toll.

Friday night, Roy and I went to Zack Arias‘ studio for a medium format night. Zack had arranged with Capture Integration (CI) to set up different sets and bring a wide variety of medium format (MF) cameras for us to use. I am SO glad I attended! I have zero experience with MF. Back in my film days, I always thought of it as a pie-in-the-sky dream that maybe someday I could pick up a used system. After I came back to photography and made the leap to digital, it became an impossibility, something I’d never own or get to do, simply because of the price and inexperience. I was apprehensive about going to the event, being in a crowd so far out of my league, being around so many people I didn’t know. But it was really great! Zack is a truly amazing guy, as well as photographer. His wife, Meghan Arias, is an amazing artist, with whom I connected immediately. We became fast friends and I can’t wait to get together again sometime. The people from CI were unbelievably kind, knowledgeable and helpful. I shot my first MF camera. I shot with a $50,000 camera set up. The images are unbelievable in their depth and clarity. (Yes, I was able to keep the images I wanted to.) The detail when magnified is exponentially better than DSLR. What I came away with is that MF is no longer an impossibility. Yeah, I may never be financially able to own one, but I wouldn’t hesitate now to rent one for a vacation or special reason. I discovered “I can do this”.

And it felt good.

Blessings!

Shannon \o/

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