Images copyright Rhonda Coe. All rights reserved.
You don't need a reason for doing everything in your life.
Do it because you want to. Because it's fun.
Because it makes you happy.
You can't find your passion, thinking about it in your head!
by Skip Cohen
The fun and insight gained in this series are thanks to the diversity of "chefs" in the Tamron Kitchen. We've covered so many different points of focus (pun intended), but the common denominator for each guest has been their love for the craft.
This new episode is a little different because Rhonda Coe doesn't consider herself a working pro, at least not yet. She's an extremely focused, serious hobbyist with a love for photography that will match anybody, pro or amateur. I knew from that very first phone call with her she'd share a lot of great insight into her love for life with a camera in her hand, and especially the world outside, including macro.
Several years ago, my good buddy Scott Bourne wrote a post about photography.
Photography is the great equalizer. When I see an arresting image the maker, no matter who they are or their station in life – the maker has the ability to rise with their image. Photos hang on the wall of the gallery or the museum or in the pages of a book or magazine or on the screen of a computer or television, not because the person who made the images was important – but because the image itself was important.
Rhonda's work speaks for itself, but it's her ability to seek out something interesting - something we'd take for granted and completely miss. She's in Ohio, a state that most people don't think of as very scenic - but I grew up there and lived there for many years. The park system around the Cleveland/Akron area is one of the most beautiful in the country, and she's not about to let a day go by without finding something interesting to share. Click on any image in today's post to enlarge and view in the SCU Lightbox.
Chef Rhonda's recipe is a click away if you missed it when it was posted last week. And for more information on Tamron's SP 90mm F/2.8 lens, click on the banner below. And to see more of Rhonda's work, check out her website.
The pandemic has changed so much in all of our lives, especially in accessibility to clients. At the same time, the Internet has become an even more significant part of our lives, and our ability to share images is greater than ever. And there is a benefit to downtime - getting out with your camera and exploring everything around you.
As we shared in Chef Rhonda's post last week, she rarely misses an opportunity to be out with her camera looking for critters and scenes most of us would just walk by. Her passion for the craft never slows down.
Tamron's support team doesn't slow down either - they've just moved to cyberspace. Check out Tamron's programs for rebates, online education, and even some great contests to share your work.
As we all adjust to the new normal, the change in business makes this an excellent time to expand your skill set. Having to "hunker down" doesn't have to mean your business, skills, or building relationships with your clients. It's essential to stay involved and keep growing!
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.