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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 47 of 100

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This weekend seemed to fly by! Then again, I guess all weekends seem to feel that way, especially during long work weeks. It’s raining outside again right now. It’s supposed to rain all day tomorrow, and then clear up for at least a week following that downpour. The fields around Los Angeles are very green, providing perfect photography opportunities for those who seek out the scenic sites to shoot and capture.

Time for bed now.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 46 of 100

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I’m going to have another anniversary dinner tonight. The one on Valentine’s day was far from romantic, and my sweetheart deserves much, much better. So I’m taking her out again, the way it should have been done on the 14th, and I look forward to what I know will be a wonderful night with an amazing woman.

I captured the photo above in Albuquerque, NM. It was a stunning rainbow after a winter shower, and I shot it from an unobstructed view at my mom’s house. I will return to Albuquerque next month for my 40th birthday.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 39 of 100

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I created my first animation video today. I tried to post it on this blog, but WordPress wants money before that can happen. In any case, it’s on Facebook and I think it’s a good start to an amazing opportunity to reach customers I typically cannot reach with standard photo postings. I’m also thinking about using animation for some additional projects on my list. I have no idea if my skills will prove good enough continue the craft, but I’m pretty sure that I can surprise myself if I put in enough hours of study and experimentation. Persistence usually pays off. And that applies for almost everything, not just my limited interests.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 38 of 100

 

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I had a friend ask me for prints of New Orleans today. I’m happy that he wants one from me, but these types of requests (blindly sending shots that might interest my customer) always leave me with a feeling that I need far more pictures than I’ve currently taken of the requested place/subject matter. My problem is I focus too hard on getting one picture just right. While that’s not a problem in the sense that it gives me an outstanding picture for my portfolio (see above), it is an issue when quantity outweighs quality. That can happen in photography. You can show a client 3 pictures that took forever to envision and capture, only to have that same client ask you, “Cool. But what else do you have?” It’s a part of the job, I guess.

I have no idea if my friend will say the same to me when I show him the 8 photos that I sent his way.

Time will tell.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 37 of 100

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I’m posting another Facebook live video today with my girlfriend. I’m showcasing two new metal prints, both of them pictures of flowers. The first is a rose, which was taken in my backyard, and the second is a daisy, an image that I captured inside my house. I think both of them came out great on the 16×20″ sizes on which I printed the shots. I’m fortunate to have my girlfriend help out with the “revealing” of the metal prints, because I have to manage the camera.

It’s time to film!

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)

 

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 36 of 100

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I can hear some strange critter under my bathtub right now. It’s living in a crawlspace beneath my house, where it has been for over a year, and it’s currently scratching and bumping my tub in a most annoying and disturbing fashion. I know your question. Why haven’t I gotten rid of the thing after knowing about it for a year? My answer is a lame one: I’ve been attempting home remedies in the hope that I’ll find one that finally sends the creature packing to other crawlspaces far away from my bathroom. Of course, none of the remedies proved successful. I’ve tried lemons. Oranges. Chili powder. A pine detergent that was so strong that I smelled mountain fresh (see picture) for days after using it. All of these were meant to produce an odor that my uninvited guest would dislike. While I cannot say it didn’t have that desired effect for at least a few weeks, when Mr. Critter sought shelter elsewhere, the move was always temporary. My place, it seems, was the best on the block.

I’ll have to end this blog post now so I can look on online about what else I can do.

If come across anything about chili powder, I’m going to write the authors a not-so-pleasant note.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 28 of 100

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I’ve made 2 sales and one potential sale in the past 24 hours–a record for me outside of the Venice Beach vendor spots. This is important because the sales were done through three sources: word-of-mouth, social media, and physical location. The word-of-mouth happened when one brother noticed a print that his brother had purchased from me. The social media sale happened when a coworker saw the Facebook live video I had posted and wanted one of the prints used in the broadcast for his house. The physical location sale happened at the Coffee Cartel, which has metal prints of mine up on the wall (just like the picture posted on this blog entry).

As I mentioned on a different blog entry, I have good days and difficult days when it comes to sales. I don’t expect this to change. I do hope, however, that I can make my sales sustainable enough to justify doing my business for a lot longer than 100 days.

Time to get to work again.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)

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