Photoburst is a website dedicated to showcasing travel photographs. They pick a daily travel photo, weekly winners and have a monthly prize as well. I am flattered to report that one of my shots from my recent trip to Nicaragua won their contest on Friday, February 17th. The shot is featured above.
It was taken on my last day in Granada, Nicaragua when I had wandered down to the municipal market. As I have said many times, I love markets and really enjoy photographing them. So, it is very gratifying to have that love recognized by such a good site.
If you have the time, i highly recommend browsing though past winners. You will see some amazing stuff. One of my recent favorites is linked here. But, you can scroll through the daily winners using the date bar below the photographs (there was some really remarkable stuff last month). It means a lot to me to have my photos appreciated and recognized by a group of international photographers. We all try to do out part to make our personal corner of the world a more beautiful place or to shed some light on the amazing things we are fortunate enough to see. Photoburst does a great job of aggregating some enlightening and moving vignettes from around the world. So, I hope you will take the time to follow this link and explore some of what they have on display.
Tomorrow is the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade and normally I would take the opportunity to get some photographs of the characters that always turn out. But, the weather looks like it will be pretty foul. The parade organizers have even moved the time of the parade back to 4PM to accommodate the weather. The rain not only dampens my person but also my desire to haul out nice camera gear. Oh well, there is always next year.
The last week has been a hectic one as we have been trying to fill three positions behind the bar at Red Star. I think Jeff and I have settled on our choices but there were a lot of good applicants. The good news, beyond having some fresh faces at Red Star, is that I can get back to photographing a bit more. The past few weeks have been pretty consumed with bar related activity and that has not given me much time to shoot.
Happily, I was asked to go out to a salon today and speak with the staff there about a photo project that sounds like intriguing and fun work. Booking is starting to fill up again as people have begun to shake the January slump off and Mardi Gras is nearing its close. I will also be shooting feature photos of a boucherie in Eunice for Spencer Magazine on Monday, which should be more than just interesting. A multi-team bunch of porcine enthusiast will be taking on the whole hog for what promises to be a delicious day in Cajun Country. I tell you, it’s a rough life. There is more work lined up but I’ll save that for another post.
In the meantime, thanks to all the readers of this blog. Referrals have been pouring in and I know a lot of them have comes from people who read, enjoy, support and disseminate the stuff I do here. I deeply appreciate it. Knowing that people like what I do enough to recommend me to their friends is gratifying beyond words. But, keep them coming, there is still plenty of room on my calendar. So, thank you, faithful readers, and have a happy Mardi Gras.
As a side note, it was almost a year ago exactly that I won Photoburst’s Travel Photo Contest with this shot from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. By some strange coincidence, both shots were taken with a Cosina Voigtlander Ulton 40 f/2. It might not be that odd, other than I don’t shoot with this particular lens that often, but it’s tiny size makes it great for travel. I have commented on this before, but the lens has a certain “something” to it. Maybe it is the manual focus or maybe it is the German-inspired glass and engineering, but I really should use this lens more often, especially if I want to win photo contests… If this rain slacks up, I think I might slap in on the camera and see what I can get. Or, maybe I’ll stay inside and write an homage to the 40mm lens. That sounds a little more pleasant.