It Only Takes One Image

 

It’s really easy to feel overwhelmed in photography when it comes to the need of having lots of photos. The more time you spend in the business the more you realize that you need images for so many little things and it sucks when you just don’t have them. So what do you do? You go out in the field and take a chance to see if you can find that image to fill those gaps in your files and often time you come up short. That’s the reality of this game. But that’s when you have to tell yourself, “I only need one good image.” One image that makes you smile.

I was at the eighth annual memorial day parade here in Bozeman and went there with no expectations, just a camera in hand. I’ve photographed it in the past with some results but nothing wow and again I didn’t get a wow shot. But I found one that made me smile. This little kid was waving at everyone that went by and everyone kept waving at him. It was just kinda cute and kinda fun.

That’s what you gotta do though. Keep going out, keep looking for that one shot and come back with one that makes you think it was all worthwhile.

Images Captured with Nikon D5, 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

 

More Then Just a Holiday

Memorial Day isn’t just a holiday, there is an important reason why schools, banks, mail delivery and government offices are closed. It started after the Civil War and was officially established in 1971. Memorial Day is when we stop for a day and give thanks to those that gave their life to protect this country. It’s easy to forget when you have a three day weekend, that’s why I’m writing this now. When Monday rolls around remember why you get that day off.

Say Thanks This Weekend

Last year I made sure to go to the Memorial Day Parade here in town, sponsored by the American Legion. It was the first Bozeman parade I had gone to and they really did a nice job. This Monday is Memorial Day and there will again be a parade this year. I urge everyone this weekend that they take some time and say thanks. Memorial Day isn’t just a holiday, it’s a celebration to honor all those that protect this country.

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Bozeman’s Memorial Day Parade

I found out just a few days ago, right after I got back from Michigan, that Bozeman was having their sixth annual Memorial Day Parade. It’s not something that I previously knew about but probably should have, so it seemed like the perfect thing to do yesterday morning. Now I had never been to any of the parades in Bozeman before so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I grabbed the D4 and 24-70 f/2.8 and slung it around my shoulder for the parade. I wasn’t quite sure what would make the best background but the show center was at the court house so that seemed like the best spot.

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After the parade concluded there was another ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial Wall. It’s amazing the things you learn about but I actually didn’t about this wall before I went yesterday. It just shows even in your home town there’s always something else to discover. Well it was a very well done ceremony honoring all vets from Bozeman.

In Honor of Memorial Day

This past weekend was filled with BBQ’s and get togethers with friends as has become tradition with Memorial Day Weekend. In truth it’s a great weekend to do exactly those things, even in Montana where it’s been raining all weekend. However, we can’t forget the reason that we have this day off and what it means. Today we give thanks to all those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

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I’ve had the great privilege of going to the 70th anniversary of the Doolittle Reunion and the 70th Anniversary of VE Day, both in different years. Both events were a tribute to the men whose courage and sacrifice lead to the freedom that we enjoy today. The one thing that I took away from both events is how important our veterans are. While you’re out today if you happen to cross paths with a veteran take a moment and say thanks for all that they have done. It doesn’t matter from what era they fought, they all deserve our respect.

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