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Sand and Stream

By PatrickSmith  
I have just returned from the North American Nature Photographer's Association convention in Florida. I had a great time. To get this shot, I used Google Earth to locate one of a few interesting spots along a 100 mile long stretch of featureless beach along the Gulf of Mexico. It is just mile after mile of beautiful white sand, but rather boring and the water was like a lake. So one of the meetings I attended ended at 5:30 and the sunset was 5:45, so I sat in back and got out a few minutes early and raced over to my spot and saw this scene. It is strange to have never been to a place, yet know exactly where to go. The dark layer is from a fire which was later washed out to the beach and covered with more sand.

I was chosen to gave a short presentation in front of about 700 people on the topic of "Luck in Photography." People seemed to enjoy it.

On the last night during the awards banquet with about 1,000 people in the auditorium, they had a Powerpoint slideshow cycling around of the best showcase images on a 30 feet movie screen. 6 of them were mine. So after all the presentations, I walked up to the table with 3 of the biggest National Geographic photographers (Robert Glenn Ketchum, Michael "Nick" Nichols, and James Balog.) They had each done unbelievable slideshows during the convention. They asked me what sort of photography I did, and just then one of my shots was on the screen. I pointed up and said "stuff like that", and one said, Oh, you're the guy that did those seascapes. We were talking about those, you have a great new way of looking at things! And another one said, I liked the one where.... and so on. That was a lot of fun!

The head photo buyer for Barnes and Noble saw my self-published book I made at Blurb.com and he gave me his card and told me that these photos would be perfect for his calendars. And I received lots of advice on how to proceed in business with my photography.

If it were not for all of the critiques I've had here on EPZ, there is NO WAY that anything like this would have happened. You guys have given me the confidence to walk right up to anybody and put the book in front of them and know they will like (at least some of) the work. So thank you very much!

20 second exposure @F16 with ND grad 0.9 + 0.75
I had to desaturate the reds to get back the detail in the reddest areas!

Tags: Sunset General Florida Landscape and travel Gulf of mexico

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Comments


Dotrob 10 Wales
10 Mar 2008 2:40PM
Fabulous shot, Patrick. Super sky and colours.
Trust me to upload next to you on the gallery, I dont stand a chance now, as there is no comparison. Ah well !!!
Regards
Dot.

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flyingseale 9 400 3 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 2:41PM
Great shot. I like the texture in the sand bank. Looks like you were lucky to get it ;o)
10 Mar 2008 2:43PM
Excellent movement of the sky and colours are spot on

Graeme
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
10 Mar 2008 2:45PM
Don't worry Dot, I've thought the same thing and it has worked out fine. People still look at every shot!

You're right Mike. I lucked out on this shot because I did not realize that there would be that dark layer, and it really adds to the composition!

Thanks Graeme.

Patrick
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
10 Mar 2008 2:47PM
Hi Patrick
Its sounds as if you had a fantastic convention meet and looking at the names you noted it must have been akin to mixing with royalty ( in the photo. world ) I dont think anyone on EPZ would be the least bit surprised at the quality of your reception. Its nothing more than you deserve; and this latest shot is a perfect example. Brilliant.
Ron
10 Mar 2008 2:49PM
So glad everything went so well for you on your trip.. Sounds like you are getting with the right people to help you alongThis is yet again another stunning image...
Keep up the great work and I wish you all the best...
GOOD SHOT.You make your own look in this life.Fantastic Image Patrick regards Steve.
janet 14 27 England
10 Mar 2008 2:54PM
Wonderful image Patrick!!

Jan.
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
10 Mar 2008 2:55PM
Sounds like you had a great time Patrick - good luck to you!! Awesome image - I particularly like the dark layer too, but what a sky!

Sarah *
AlanBW 10 20 England
10 Mar 2008 2:56PM
Briliant colours and patterns, a superb image throughout
jaktis 12 84 Sweden
10 Mar 2008 2:56PM
That dark layer adds a lot to the already great image, superb sky. That is the little part off luck in photographing

Peter
Bob_V 8 1 2 United States
10 Mar 2008 2:59PM
What a wonderful capture Patrick, love the shy and patterns.
Bob
bricurtis Plus
11 2.0k 49 England
10 Mar 2008 3:03PM
Hi Patrick - mixing with the famous by the sound of it and good recognition for your photography too.Congrats.
Surprising that this vista with no apparent focal point should look so good.The sky is beautiful - the fire layer and the ripples take the eye nicely towards it.
Brian.
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
10 Mar 2008 3:08PM
Thanks for your comments!

True Ron, It was a bit surreal to see all these famous photographers. I tried to act like it was no big deal and after a while I got used to it.

I hope so Dawn Michelle! In practical terms I just have to get out there and hope for the best.

You're right Steve.....

It was a great time Sarah. I didn't know anybody at first except for the late Galen Rowell's stock photography manager who lives in my home town, but I knew many people by the time I left.

Yes Peter, the dark layer was pure luck, so I made sure to make it prominent!

Thanks Bob.

Brian, I was a bit worried when I saw mile after mile of featureless sand, so this was the only spot that looked promising. In the summer wet season, there are more streams but not at this time of year. Yes, there is no one focal point so I made use of all of the converging lines to make it all about patterns and shapes.

Patrick
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
10 Mar 2008 3:10PM
Supreme work as always!

Rgds
Paul
TelStar 11 116 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 3:16PM
Brilliant shot, Patrick, and a very interesting commentary.

Tel*
BillyGoatGruff 9 191 199 England
10 Mar 2008 3:21PM
Magnificent shot, Patrick.
I've just happened across the thumbnail and thought this has "P. Smith" writ large on it!
Congratulations on the plaudits and publishing possibilities, and I hope fame and fortune follow forthwith! They'd be well deserved!
Well done.
All the very best.
Bill
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 3:22PM
Wow sounds very exciting.
Superb shot!
Marilyn x
User_Removed 8 78 1 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 3:24PM
Amazing Light, colour and Distance

good image
Barbaraj 9 450 England
10 Mar 2008 3:25PM
congratulations on your time in the florida convention. This photo is wonderful as a seascape. With an amazing sky.
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
10 Mar 2008 3:30PM
Thanks for looking in! And for the kind words too.

LOL Bill, I try to make them different but I don't seem to be able to fool anybody. Perhaps I should upload a B&W portrait? Actually I do want to do some B&W's but there are a few things that I need to learn before I put one up here!

Patrick
User_Removed 11 32 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 3:31PM
Great receding lines
Cormy 8 3 England
10 Mar 2008 3:34PM
Your customary top class shot.Really enjoyable.
Cheers
Alan
JouŠo 12 56 Finland
10 Mar 2008 3:34PM
missed the RC Sad

Nice shot again, Patrick.........

Off for a walk to see if any polar bears would appear Wink

Jouko
RockArea Plus
9 18 3 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 3:39PM
I like your story about finding your shooting spot and it has produced another fascinating image.

David
mike Plus
11 16 England
10 Mar 2008 3:39PM
Just one word Perfect
Michael
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
10 Mar 2008 3:43PM
Thanks for looking!

LOL Jouko, with global warming, maybe you should look for Elephants and Iguanas! I saw some shocking movies at the conference (taken in cameras one frame per hour) of glacial retreat. It makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck!

Patrick
Briwooly 10 452 5 England
10 Mar 2008 3:44PM
Sound as thought it all went well ,and a great shot to bring back superb

Brian,..................................
C_Daniels 11 399 10 England
10 Mar 2008 3:50PM
Wonderful colour and detail,
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 3:55PM
Beautiful colours and patterns.

Phil.
The dark layer is one of the factors of Scottish rivers Patrick not from fires, but the amount of peat in many areas which leaches into the burns and streams leaving a great dark layer in the water.
So much for the lesson on Scottish water. This is wonderful, because of all the soft glorious colour, to hear someone say they desaturated the reds is remarkable and quite unique.
I'm so pleased that things went so well for you, talent will out my friend, many congratulations.

All the very best Patrick,
Dougie
dp 12 163 3 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 4:09PM
Good luck with the calenders Patrick, richly deserved.

Dave
Fantastic shot, love the colours and the colours of the sky are wonderful.
proz 12 205 United States
10 Mar 2008 4:13PM
a most incredible sky, superbly captured.
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
10 Mar 2008 4:21PM
Thanks for looking in!

Well Dougie, there is a lot of tea-like colouring in the water from the swamps behind the beaches. So you might call this the far southwest of Scotland! And cold too. It was +8c when I took this shot!

Patrick
bayleaf 9 8 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 4:33PM
This is a super shot Partick. Wonderful.

John
thewaiter Plus
14 1.2k 9 England
10 Mar 2008 4:35PM
wonderful image Patrick, usual very high quality. Glad your getting the recognition that you deserve in photography.

all the best

Kevin


P.S. didn't you upload a different image earlier Wink
Hanners Plus
10 875 10 Ireland
10 Mar 2008 4:51PM
WOW, brilliant news Patrick, I'm so pleased for you and it's well deserved too.... Smile

Oh, nearly forgot, great shot, love the movement in the sky Smile
jimbo_t 13 959 England
10 Mar 2008 4:51PM
Stunning colours!
James
Fuimus 8 United States
10 Mar 2008 5:01PM
Awesome photography! Great story! Good Luck!
User_Removed 9 172 1 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 5:02PM
Wow, excellent image

Mark
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
10 Mar 2008 5:04PM
Thanks for looking!

Well Kevin, at least a few seconds of fame anyway. Nope, first upload of the day for me.

Thanks Tony, the clouds were moving really quickly as there was a strong and cold north wind blowing. Only +8c. The coldest day of the year for me and I had it in Florida!

Patrick
Kevlar 10 161 3 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 5:16PM
Great patrick, just send me my cut when you make it big - I'm sure my 'nice pic' comment deserves a couple of quid Grin

well done,

kevin
Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
10 Mar 2008 5:17PM
Magical colour and composition perfect.
Tom.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
10 Mar 2008 5:22PM
Another outstanding seascape Patrick, congratulations on your well deserved recent success, Ed
ashley 12 167 1 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 5:27PM
great image Patrick
nice comp,light & colours

well done

Ash
Kris76 9 Canada
10 Mar 2008 5:30PM
Gerat great capture, as always.

Kris
dianah 9 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 5:32PM
We went to a Photographic Display by National Geographic renowned photographers in Plymouth last year and I reckon you could beat some of them out of sight Patrick..this is awesome and your success is so deserved. We are still in the middle of an amazing storm..flooding everywhere but we still have electricity.
Di
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
10 Mar 2008 5:36PM
Thanks for looking!

LOL Kevin, no problem. The nice pic comments at least fool me into thinking that the shot is good. And you know how powerful the placebo effect can be!

Well Ed, it could be a bit of success, or at least a good fantasy!

Thanks Di! Too bad about the storm. I hope it does not get too bad. I won't mention that this afternoon it will be 25c with clear skies and no wind.....

lol...oops....

Patrick
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
10 Mar 2008 5:38PM
Can't add anything to what has already been said. Exceptional!

Albert
10 Mar 2008 5:46PM
Outstanding!

Rich
User_Removed Junior Member 10 16 England
10 Mar 2008 5:54PM
Beautiful work and so deserving of doors opening for you now. Even above your skills, your enthusiasm shines paramount and it's that that gets you to the top
cheers. Andrew
HUMIE 9 2 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 6:20PM
It's all been said.....QUALITY image from a QUALITY photographer.

*Mike*
Alfoto 9 Wales
10 Mar 2008 6:22PM
Wonderful image.
Alfie
rangerpaul 9 19 7 England
10 Mar 2008 6:32PM
Just beautiful!
Paul
uggyy 10 2.1k 9 Scotland
10 Mar 2008 6:52PM
Sweet shot and well done on the convention...

Just keep it going and push it Smile

Tommy
Maddie 11 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 7:09PM
lovely sky, sounds like a great time you had....one day you gonna be famous Wink
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
10 Mar 2008 7:24PM
Thanks for having a look!

True Andrew, I enjoy like doing photography and telling the stories and I'm sure that helps.

I'll do that Tommy.

LOL Maddie, I'd be happy with being able to scratch out a living doing it. But relative to income, the entire San Francisco area is as expensive as the more expensive parts of London. So I'm keeping my day job! I understand about the water...lol!

Patrick
alwolf 9 341 3 England
10 Mar 2008 7:31PM
What more can be said, another top class image,good luck to you Patrick......don't forget us when your famous Wink
alan
thorn 12 124 2 Scotland
10 Mar 2008 7:35PM
Hi Patrick,
Sounds as though your convention went brilliantly,your photographs and you were sure to be recognised for what you are one day,glad it's happened,pure class.
This one is brilliant and it's so different from the others.Great sky with great colours/lead in.take care, and congrats on your recognition and contacts.AnnSmile
wamp 10 276 8 England
10 Mar 2008 7:50PM
Very pleased for you recognition Patrick, your book on blurb.com is well worth a look too Smile - your shots really are something to aspire too!!

Beautiful colour in the sky and the ripples from the sand add very nicely to the image

Sean
Paintman Plus
9 1.1k 177 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 8:02PM
This is so good. Every part of the photo has detail dripping from it. Beautifully photographed.
Rgds, Alan.
MarkT 11 119 2 England
10 Mar 2008 8:06PM
You deserve the praise from the pros Patrick – you are one of the top ephotozine photographers!

A beautiful capture Patrick btw.

Mark.
KBan 11 490 4 England
10 Mar 2008 8:30PM
superb shot Patrick, another massive score on it's way
keith
Mounters 9 85 2 England
10 Mar 2008 8:31PM
Well done Patrick, follow the dream publish publish publish.
olbell 8 47 1 England
10 Mar 2008 8:39PM
Great shot Patrick an amazing sky.

Rgds Ollie
martinl 12 265 2 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 8:58PM
Well done Patrick, on many levels, the shot, the reception you have had, the offers etc. Have to say it is very well merited, and as someone said above, talent will out!
Congrats. Don't forget us will you when you are gracing the cover of some glossy book or calendar or magazine. Wink
Martin
10 Mar 2008 9:06PM
What can i say ?
Brill
Mark
IanFlindt 11 740 21 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 9:49PM

Quote:they had a Powerpoint slideshow cycling around of the best showcase images on a 30 feet movie screen. 6 of them were mine


How wonderful to hear you getting the attention you so justly deserve, Patrick. Not only one heck of a landscape photographer with a style all his own...but a nice and modest guy too.
MrsS 9 4.5k 18 England
10 Mar 2008 10:02PM
Grief! I thought I wrote long narratives! Wink

Good job it's such a brill image Smile

Fran x
10 Mar 2008 10:11PM
As consistent as ever. That sky is wonderful
Mike
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
10 Mar 2008 10:53PM
A superb scene, the composition, the lighting and the sky are all excellent.

regards
Ken
Moj_o 8 10 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2008 12:32AM
Hi Patrick, I have only had my camera for 5 months and there is only one thing I can say that this is wonderful and the meaning of photography has given me a new meaning,thank you.

Betty
johnjrp 12 432 5 Australia
11 Mar 2008 2:13AM
You deserve all the praise with a pf like yours Patrick. This one is no exception. All the best. John
mattw 12 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2008 8:29AM
Beautiful shot Patrick, and many congratulations on your success. It's always a pleasure to hear when an EPZer gets the attention they deserve from 'those outside'. I hope this is just the beginning for you Patrick.
Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
11 Mar 2008 8:31AM
congrats!
stano 10 1 Ireland
11 Mar 2008 8:31AM
beautiful colours and compositon.
GillyB Plus
11 317 8 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2008 9:03AM
A superb shot Patrick, and congrats on all your recent success ... may you go from strength to strength!

gill
11 Mar 2008 10:41AM
A superb shot and well worth the extra effort needing in finding it.
Well done on the Calendar, we all know you are brilliant, hopefully you realise this too.
Annette
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
11 Mar 2008 2:38PM
Thanks for your comments!

If that ever happens Alan, I wont....

Yes Ann, it went well and it was a lot of fun. You know I like talking about photography so that was the best part.

I'll try John (mounters)

Well Martin, it is probably because for about the first year I was on EPZ, so many people said my shots were rubbish (or politely ignored me) that I finally caught on!

Thanks Ian, I was hoping this didn't come across like too much boasting. I was just happy to meet those guys and hear the opinions of the heads of agencies and the like!

LOL Fran, it appears you have competition for long descriptions! But I need to brush up on my song titles first....

I've had mine for 3 years Betty, so you are on your way.

True Matt, and it is happening more and more. It seems like almost every day, someone on EPZ has something published or wins some prize.

You too Gill.

Thanks Annette for being so supportive. LOL - I don't know it, can you say it again??

Patrick
HowardA 9 231
11 Mar 2008 2:45PM
Pastel tones par excellence. Always good to read your comments and stories Patrick. You deserve the success that appears to be just around the corner. Best of luck...not that your success is down to luck at all, regardless of the topic of your presentation Wink

Howard
Pegon 11 78 1 England
11 Mar 2008 2:55PM
A real beauty Patrick. It sounds like the future is looking good for you, well done.
Pete.
Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
11 Mar 2008 2:59PM
Pure genius work

Dave
piccy 10 8 Wales
11 Mar 2008 5:42PM
Super scene - you deserve every success for your wonderful shots.
Freda
Nigel_95 Plus
10 260 2 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2008 8:29PM
Wonderful sky, reflected light and depth in this Patrick. Glad to hear the convention was such a success, and of the praise you received whilst there. While we were in America last year, our host lent me a book on Galen Rowell (whose work he likes), it made very interesting reading.

Nigel
SKavanagh 9 312 5 England
11 Mar 2008 8:56PM
Beautiful shot lovely comp
Steve
tripodted 11 31 1 Northern Ireland
12 Mar 2008 12:31AM
Great image as usual, Mr Smith! It's great to see that it is not just us ePHOTOziners who appreciate your talents. I hope that a few doors opened for you at the convention and put my name down for one of those books and a calendar too.
Ted
Smile
12 Mar 2008 12:38AM
Beautiful colours and a most restful image Patrick. Well done.
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
12 Mar 2008 3:00AM
Thanks for stopping by! I wonder what 'success' is? I'd like to make a living at this but even really successful landscapers barely make enough to survive in the expensive San Francisco area.

I hope you are right Howard!

I have all Galen's books Nigel. And Gary Crabbe, who managed Galen's stock portfolio lives in my home town. Galen was an excellent writer as well as photographer.

LOL Ted, will do if it ever happens!

Patrick
chrissd Plus
10 304 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2008 4:50AM
that Sir is awesome Smile
chris
tepot 12 4.4k United Kingdom
12 Mar 2008 5:19AM
congratulations on your well deserved sucesses Pat, sounds like you are going places with the right contacts, i know that book you are talking about, it is awsome professional stuff......good luck with your endeavors!
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
12 Mar 2008 11:14AM
Sounds like you had a great time Patrick,well done.
Google Earth ?? I do hope you weren't up in that satellite taking pictures of us all in our back gardens Wink
Do I get a calendar for my birthday??...it's soon Wink
Awesome image my friend.
Janet
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
12 Mar 2008 11:36AM
You deserve it Patrick. The whole community of EPZ is proud of you. Congratulations for your success. You really had a great time. More success to Patrick the Great!
Cheers,
Dennis
Chant57 Plus
10 395 3 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2008 2:19PM
Wow I had to scroll a long way down to say my 2 cents worth......... a beautifully photographed image Patrick, having read your narrative Im glad to see that you got the recognition you truly deserve. A great landscape photographer amongst the members of epz, but also a nice modest guy, who always has time to leave a comment and advice on others work, and it is appreciated too.
C
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
12 Mar 2008 3:20PM
Thanks for having a look and for such nice comments!

We will see Terry, for now it is just a lot of fun but maybe I can scratch out a living at it!

LOL Janet, it is quite dangerous to be hanging onto a satellite but.... oh I think you need to put your rubbish container in the back yard before the neighbours complain! And a little weeding in front might be a good thing. But at least some early flowers are blooming! Calendars? Maybe someday when you hit a major milestone, like 40....

LOL - The money is in the Post Dennis!

Thanks C, what a nice thing to say!

Patrick
Richsr Plus
9 90 223 England
12 Mar 2008 5:08PM
Great Image Patrick - well captured. Glad that you had such good feedback at the event.
Regards Richard.
starliz 12 1.6k 3 England
12 Mar 2008 5:15PM
love the FG Patrick a beautiful shot and its long over due,lots more recognition for your outstanding work as a photographer,wish you every success.
chris-p Plus
10 65 England
12 Mar 2008 8:42PM
Well done Patrick.....
nickyv32 9 135 England
12 Mar 2008 9:23PM
Awesome shot.

Nicky
glazzaro 11 70 23 United States
12 Mar 2008 10:41PM
Wish I could have made the trip, but now a days I am on the road constantly. Looks like you had a great time and as always produce some fantastic shots! Spot on! Click!!!

Greg
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
13 Mar 2008 3:19AM
Thanks for your kind words. They mean a lot!

I'll give you an update later Greg. Oh, and what a fine beak you have!..lol....

Patrick
49er 10 564
13 Mar 2008 8:03AM
Top quality as always...The sky is wonderful..

Regards

edgar.. ( tired and still moving like I am still on a boat )..Smile
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
13 Mar 2008 1:30PM
LOL Edgar, I saw that shot and was wondering how you made it out of there. I get seasick easily so I would have never gone!

Patrick
pamelajean Plus
10 964 1824 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2008 6:38PM
Enjoy the attention, you deserve it. I'm sure great things are in store for you. What a delight it has been to view the images I missed in Jan and Feb...wonderful.
Atlas 13 621 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2008 8:08PM
Well done Patrick on all of your achievements. You are probably very close to being the worlds best seascape/coastline/landscape/landmark photographer ever. That is truthfully what I think of your work.

Good Luck with everything Patrick Smile

Rob
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
14 Mar 2008 4:00AM
Thanks Pamela Jean!

I'm honoured Rob. I hope I get to see more of your creations. I haven't seen anything better at what you do!

Patrick
MalcolmS Plus
11 1.2k 13 England
14 Mar 2008 6:08PM
Great perpsective Patrick, superb colours

Malcolm
rmr 9 1 Wales
14 Mar 2008 8:31PM
congrats patrick well deserved acclaim you"r images really are a work of art ,you make you"r own luck
mark
robway 11 318 Wales
14 Mar 2008 10:12PM
Incredible image, superb composition of extra high quality.
John
footie 9 17 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2008 9:51PM
Patrick, another great picture. You should not feel honoured to be amongst the great and good of the National Geographic, you should be there by right!

Your photography is world class. Go for it!

Stephen
MikeA 11 1.3k England
16 Mar 2008 3:30PM
Super image Patrick, congratulations on the breaks you are getting with your images, well deserved and down to your planning rather than "photographic luck".

All best MikeA.
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
17 Mar 2008 2:28PM
Thanks for stopping by! Sorry I haven't been around EPZ much this past week but I'll be catching up after about Wednesday.

I'm not sure much of each picture is luck and how much is planning and skill. Most of my best shots have a decent amount of luck involved. There always seems to be something I didn't plan. Of course, you don't see the complete rubbish that I shoot!!!!

Patrick
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
17 Mar 2008 2:54PM
Oh man...what a great time at the convention!! Such a rush it must've been - so happy for you Smile)))

Lemme tell you - your pics should be everywhere...calendars, books, you name it. This one up here's one heckuvan example Smile

Andrew
Valerie1 8 68 Northern Ireland
17 Mar 2008 9:54PM
Another fantastic shot, Patrick! Great to hear you are get recognition for your outstanding work.
Valerie
StevenPrice 11 30 2 England
18 Mar 2008 7:16PM
its all been said allready Patrick awesome work m8.

Steve.
Wow excellent lovely colour.
Will
Paree 11 616 3
19 Mar 2008 4:59PM
just spent a wonderful time looking through your beautiful photo's they are stunning
pareen
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Mar 2008 3:27AM
Thanks for having a look! I've been super busy but probably in two weeks things will calm down a bit. I have some new stuff to put up if I can just get the time.

We'll see Andrew. I'd settle for being able to make a decent living doing it!

I'm glad you liked them Pareen. I'll have to look at yours when I get back from LA.

Patrick
User_Removed Junior Member 10 51
23 Mar 2008 7:48AM
What a wonderful life journey Patrick. Your images are quite stunning and worthy of such praise and attention and to be recognised by emminent peers is the icing on the cake. Well done.

Derek
conrad 12 10.9k 116
27 Mar 2008 7:20PM
How wonderful that your trip was such a success! And what a brilliant shot, this. Just has to go in my favourites!
Hugeknot 11 1.2k 2 Iceland
29 Mar 2008 10:16AM
Another exceptional photograph!
PLCimagery 10 77 1 England
31 Mar 2008 7:37PM
Brilliant stuff Patrick!
Scott_Scot 11 4 4 Scotland
31 Mar 2008 9:11PM
Gotta love that sky mate !!!

Great to read about your carear starting to take off.
Exciting times !!! Smile
After all, if I can make a living out of this, ... you definitely can.
All the best

Scotty
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
1 Apr 2008 4:45PM
Thanks for your comments!

I hope you are right Scotty!

Patrick
davidbailie 13 457 7 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2008 3:11PM
Must congratulate you on what seems to be a path to success Patrick - excellent!

db
6 Apr 2008 12:46AM
Being #182 there is not much left to say. Excellent image.
Johanna
Paree 11 616 3
7 Apr 2008 10:48PM
your portfolio is a beautiful place to visit
so enjoyable
paren
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
9 Apr 2008 5:49PM
Thanks Johanna and Maureen!

I hope you are right db, we will see.

Patrick
colin 12 697 5 Scotland
10 Apr 2008 9:37PM
Wow, Patrick - I sense the big time calling!! And to think we almost met.Wink
Your talent, skills and effort will be rewarded in due course - no doubt.
Best of luck.
Colin
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 7:23PM
Absolutely stunning!!!
Great to read your news
Helen
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
22 Apr 2008 8:15PM
LOL Colin. It may still happen the next time you drop by!

Thanks Helen!

Patrick
tmann 11 4 2 United States
6 May 2008 2:53PM
wow, spectacular as always!
There is no surprise here at your success, P.......Wishing you all the best!

Suz Smile
NEWMANP Plus
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 9:00PM
breathtaking exposure, just spot on front to back,
Phil
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
3 Sep 2008 3:35PM
Thanks for looking!

Patrick

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