Two weeks ago, I traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 4th Annual National Walk for Epilepsy. The walk benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of America. A few days ago, the Epilepsy Foundation posted my photo gallery on their website here. You can view my gallery until April 21.
When I reflect, I am quite impressed with myself. About a year ago, I attended my first public epilepsy event-- the 17th Annual Stroll for Epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California sponsors the event, and it is held at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. On May 22nd, I will attend the 18th Annual stroll. So anyway, last year, I brought my camera. I took photos. But I was so nervous, I didn't really take any good photos. I don't think I submitted them to the EFNC. Less than a year later, I photographed the National Walk and my photos are on the national website home page.
Some days, I really like my photography. And some days, my ideas are great, but my ideas are better than my execution. A year ago, I knew I photographed pooly; it is not easy to perform under extreme anxiety. This is probably a universal truth.
So, I am rather pleased that in the last year I have become more relaxed, and now if I mess up, it is because I am tired or nervous or just not as good as I want to be yet. And I can also appreciate that sometimes it is important to go through those moments of extreme anxiety to get to the other side.
But anyway, I went to D.C. took some decent photos. They are up on the homepage of the Epilepsy Foundation's website. And you can see them there for two weeks. And, once the EFA removes the gallery, you can still view my walk gallery here.
I was probably still a little more nervous than expected, however, and originally included some photos that didn't meet my own standards. Fortunately, Lisa Boylan and Yvonnia Martin caught my errors. One photo was completely out of focus and should never have been submitted. (I have removed it from my larger gallery.) A couple photos were "almost's" But I still like two others... I have included them for your viewing pleasure... but even these should have been better. Since I submitted them to Lisa, I returned to Adobe Lightroom and improved the exposure. Compare the difference.
show me your ears - Images by bryan farley
I am still grateful for the opportunity... grateful to contribute to the community. And as a "photojournalist with epilepsy" a little disappointed that I did not do more. As an educator, this has been a great reminder about how to give and take feedback. Since I am leaving to a conference this week, I am also grateful for this lesson.
The night before the walk, I photographed the Chad Barth Concert for Epilepsy. My photos were probably a little better Friday. I wasn't as tired. For those who did not see the concert, I have included two links to the previous night. Please visit...
Lastly, if I can gently critique those who are involved with our community... it is important that our voices are heard, whether we use online tools or telephones or letters. Please forward links. Please leave comments in blogs. Please send messages to each other. Let people know you exist.