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An Unexpected Request
26th November 2017
When we travel to different countries, I always endeavor to respect their culture and wishes. I feel that as foreigners in their country we are ambassadors and, and such, our behavior reflects upon us and our country.

But there are times when I wonder about their requests.

Not too long ago while traveling in Switzerland, we had lunch in a small cafe then decided to walk around and look at the stores. We saw a gallery that was featuring a German artist and decided to go inside. After looking around, we decided to forego going upstairs and headed towards the door. A lady approached us and mentioned that there were more paintings on the above floor. Before we could thank her and say that we were leaving, she asked us to take our backpacks off and carry them in front of us.


She went on to say that, with everything going on in the world, people would feel better if we carried them. While her explanation made no sense to us, we explained to her that we were just leaving anyway, wished them luck with the exhibition and walked out the front door.

While I'm sure she thought her reason made sense, it really didn't to me. We were carrying my camera equipment in our backpacks, which I would have gladly shown her had she asked. I understand that given the times that we live in, seeing what we are carrying would put them at ease...and I have done it before.

The rest of the day, I paid particular attention to people as we strolled by with our backpacks. No one looked warily at us, or shied away. Since we were talking a mixture of German and English, they could easily figure out that we were tourists.

But I do wonder how many other people visiting the gallery - if any - she asked to do the same.
Rain Protection for Your Camera
04th July 2017
Did you ever listen to the weather report, which says sunny weather, and think "what a great day to go out and shoot"? You gather your equipment, hit the road and, bang, the dark clouds come out of nowhere and the rain starts. And there's some times I think
that the dark clouds follow me!

I figure since I can't control the weather, I should do what I can to protect my equipment. After looking around, I came up with a few solutions.

1. Carry an umbrella. I always take one with but juggling a camera and an umbrella is not easy. I tried that at a waterfall that I wanted to shoot and it didn't work very well. It was cumbersome to try to juggle both and many of my shots came out blurry.

2. A plastic bag. They're cheap and don't take up much space in your camera bag. Throw it over the lens, securing it with a rubber band. Poke a hole for the lens and viewfinder and you're good to go. It's cheap and works in a pinch.

3. A shower cap. On my last vacation I grabbed the ones from my hotel room and stuck them in my camera bag. They're large enough to go over my camera and lens in an emergency and can be thrown out afterwards.

4. A rain jacket. Companies like Op-Tech and Ewa Marine make multiple use camera protection jackets. I purchased several sizes of the Op-Tech raincoats at the last Photokina. They go on quickly, with a draw string for the lens cover and hole for the
viewfinder. It can take time to find the viewfinder hole - especially when you have to put it on quickly in a rain shower - but they work nicely. I've used them while photographing waterfalls and they've worked great.

I purchased a Ewa Marine U-B100 on Ebay recently. It's a bit bulkier than the plastic rain jackets (and comes in a carrying case) but it does provide good protection, especially when you're at the beach. It's great if you just want to use one lens; changing lenses necessitates removing the camera from the bag.

I'm sure there are other choices out there but these were just a few that I came up with. And, with me photographing waterfalls on my last two vacations, I found for quick lens changes and good general protection, the Op-Tech did the job well.
The story behind the photo…The View
03rd March 2017
There are times when I see something that I would like to photograph and have to stop. I grab my photo gear and am gone before hubby has a chance to get out of his door.

One day we were going through a construction site and were stopped at the red light. I happened to look over and see this bench between two trees in a field. There was something about the scene that was so peaceful and inviting that I knew I had to shoot it.

I asked Wolf to pull over, grabbed my camera and off I went. Being late fall, the fields had been plowed under and made ready for the winter. I walked out into the field, took a few photos, then decided that I wanted to shoot a few with a different lens. Wolf offered to get it, so I waited until he returned.

He came back a few minutes later and started laughing. Not a ha-ha type of laugh but one that was really loud and startled me. When I asked him what he was laughing about (I couldn't imagine what was so funny in this wonderfully peaceful setting), he told me to "look down".

Imagine my surprise when I realized I was ankle deep in mud!

After a good laugh, I dug my feet out of the mud, changed lenses and continued to take photos.

On occasion, when we pass the bench under the trees, we have a good laugh.

And we have learned to keep boots on the car when we go out.

Being on German TV
19th September 2016
Towards the end of May, my husband came home from an IT event he attended and told me about some of the people he met there, which he always does. Among others, he mentioned a man who is a manager with a television station here in Germany. They film several series based on locations in the area and on the people who live here. They wanted to film an episode with my hubby based in our area with mention of his IT company. When Wolf told him that his wife is a photographer, he said that they didn't do individuals. So, imagine my surprise when he called the house a few days later saying that they had looked at my website and wanted to film a segment of "Entdecke Rhein Lahn" with me.

When I was a child, I had an inner ear infection which left me with no hearing in one ear and limited hearing in the other. When more than one person talks at a time or when I'm in a crowded room with a lot of conversation, I can't make anything out. It can be frustrating and hard but, unfortunately nothing can be changed. So, as a result, I'm an introvert...I would rather be behind the camera than in front of it.

When Wolf talked to me about filming the episode, I tried to think of every reason not to do it. I didn't want to back out of it though and regret it later, so I decided to do it and let the chips fall where they may. I went over things in my mind and hoped that I wouldn't screw the German language up too much.

The day of filming both of our episodes came and, unfortunately, the weather was not the best...cloudy, rainy and cold. Not what we wanted but what we had expected with the way our weather has been this year. So, we put on warm clothes, our jackets and set out for the meeting place.

The three of us walked to where Wolf would be filing part of his episode. After about an hour, it was my turn. This part wasn't hard since it only consisted of me walking and acting like I was taking a few photos (which I actually did). Since I had an exhibition going on in a nearby village, we drove there where my interview took place. I admit that I wimped and, instead of doing the interview in German, I did it in English and they dubbed it. Looking back, I could kick myself for taking the "easy" way out, but hindsight is always easy.

The mayor of the village was also there and said a few words on camera, which I found rather nice. It was good publicity for the village and the possibility of other artists showing there too.

The end result of the 5:30 minute series is well done. After the filming was done, my husband looked at the editor/videographer and said that he couldn't believe that it was actually his wife talking - he thought (as I did) that my nervousness would show on camera. I was nervous but, after a while, I felt more comfortable with the camera running.

The nervousness returned the day of the TV showing so I set the recorder and watched it later. They did a wonderful job not only putting the show together but dubbing it.

I guess you could say that was my five minutes of fame.

Entecke Rhein Lahn Episode
Being Grateful
17th September 2016
It's always nice when someone purchases a photo of mine, whether it be at an exhibition, through Etsy or my website. I always like to give them a small "Thank You" by including a photo card or two featuring a photo in the same theme that they purchased. They love it and I like the way it makes me feel, which is why I do it.

Saying "Thank You" in other situations is also appreciated; whether it be to the mail person, the check out person at the grocery or the delivery person. I consider it just good manners and the way I was brought up.

Along with my own website, I also work on the website of two artist groups that I belong. I volunteered my help on one since the former webmaster had other interests and no time to update it. The other one I created and maintained for the group.

The former group appreciates what I do and expresses such to me; the latter not. In the latter case, I have done the website for six years for free even paying the expenses to run the site. But, after six years without a "Thank You" from anyone (not to mention the lack of input or interest in the site), I decided to give up the site. I offered to transfer it to anyone who wanted to take it over and do the work. One lady reluctantly volunteered to do it although she has no experience in anything web-related. At our last group meeting (which she didn't bother to attend), we tried to explain to the group leader what would be needed to transfer it all over. After a blank stare from the leader, the new webmaster was sent a list of hosting options and a basic "how-to" for the transfer, along with a two week deadline to get it done (since the URL is expiring soon).

But, imagine my surprise when a vote was taken to continue the site and even pay for it. As I left the meeting, I felt angry, disappointed and taken advantage of - all of which I wouldn't have felt had someone taken the time along the way to say "Thank You".

And, as I concentrate on my upcoming exhibitions and the websites I currently maintain, I will remember to say "Thank You"...and mean it.

Thank you for reading this and I truly hope that you enjoy my photos.
Pet Peeves and Photography
26th April 2016
I have a few pet peeves.

One is people who act like they are in the know when they point to one of your photos and declare not everything is in focus. They don't realize - nor care - that you intended the photo that way. I speak from experience here as I have had a friend do that to me. "Alles ist nicht scharf" (Everything is not sharp), he pointed out. I told him about selective focus and that was the way I intended the photo. He merely shook his head like he didn't believe me and walked away.

But I guess I should say that this friend was also someone who didn't actually think I was taking the photos, but my husband. Go figure.

Another is people who think that they should be professional photographers since they are able to get everything in focus, or their friends tell them they should be. It takes more than takes the eye.

I tried to explain that to my husband one evening without trying to sound like a space cadet. I finally decided to just tell it to him straight. When I walk around with my camera, I look at things differently. I picture the scene in my mind as a finished photo. If I like the result, I take a photo of it and use my software to achieve the look I envisioned.

I took online classes with the New York Institute of Photography back in 2004. It taught me a lot about photography and equipment. But I hadn't developed the eye yet and continued to take photos - they were at least in focus. It wasn't until I saw the artist with his hands around his wine glass that something clicked (besides my shutter). Slowly but surely, I started to develop the eye. I bought books home and started pouring through them to see if I could see what other photographers saw.

And I experimented...a lot. Thank goodness for digital cameras which gave me the freedom to do that.

Even after all these years and many exhibitions, I find my eye ever evolving. And it's fun.
Being a Full Service Photographer
27th December 2015
The elderly voice on my voice mail talked of seeing my photos on exhibition at an area hospital as they had been in an accident and were a patient there. She talked of which one she wanted to purchase, when she would be discharged from the hospital and....could I gift wrap it?

I have never had someone request something like that but I thought, why shouldn't I? While I usually deliver the photos to the customer, since it was for a special occasion (Christmas), then I should do that for them also. I found a box that fit the framed photo perfectly and did my best to get it ready for her.

We drove to her house and delivered it as agreed. While it seems like an extra thing to have to do, it seems the right thing to do. We sat in her kitchen and talked with her for a while and, as we left and wished her a good Christmas holiday, I was glad that I did that small thing for her.

Thinking ahead, I have to see what type of wrapping paper I have and if there is anything else I should be prepared for.
Lahn Artists Photo Group Exhibition
20th November 2015
Three members of our group are exhibiting at the St. Vincenz Krankenhaus in Limburg. We have stepped in to fill a void left by someone who decided to back out of their scheduled exhibition. I enjoy showing my work, especially with others in the group. Our Theme is "Kontraste", which was perfect to show some of my infrared photos and some new landscape photos that I shot a few weeks ago.

A big thanks to Herbert Ristl, the manager of the group, for arranging this for us.

After finishing the installation of the exhibition. From left: Herbert Ristl, me, Vladi Murtin
Kayaking and Nature
29th October 2015
I love to go kayaking. Mind you, I can’t swim, but that doesn’t stop me.

Recently, on vacation in Orlando to see my family, my son in law asked if I wanted to go kayaking. We borrowed kayaks from friends of his and went to King’s Landing in Apopka to put in.

We started out early afternoon, so we had to push to make the 4:00 pick up time at the end of the eight miles. But we did take time to have a sandwich about midway. Going down the river, I was amazed at the peace there. The only noise to be heard was the occasional plane overhead, the movement in the underbrush of animals and the click of the shutters of our cameras.

Even though my arms were aching and my legs were sunburned, I quickly said “yes” when he asked if I wanted to go back again a couple of days later.

This time we were at King’s Landing early in the morning and were on the water by 9am. Being out on the water before others gave us the opportunity to see a bit more this time. We saw turtles lined up on fallen branches and alligators sunning themselves on partially submerged tree trunks.

Since we were paddling downstream, it was a challenge at times to maneuver into position where you could take a few shots. If you were lucky, there were vines that you could grab a hold of and swing the kayak around into position, holding onto them with one hand while taking your shots with the other.

With the warning that we needed to remember that the wildlife was just that – wild - and dangerous to approach (and the knowledge that earlier in the week a woman had an arm ripped off by a gator when she swam into the lily pads and too close to a nest), we backed off when a gator – we estimated him to be about 8 ½ feet – let us know that we shouldn’t come too close. He stayed on the log as we turned our kayaks around at a respectable distance and took our shots.

This was the first time I had been in such close contact with wildlife in their natural environment. And, even though I came away with even more sunburn on my already sunburned legs (although my arms didn’t ache as bad), it was truly an experience that I’ll never forget.
Burning Jam and Artist Hands
21st October 2015
Last weekend I participated in a one day artist gathering/art festival in Kördorf. All sorts of artists in the area – 18 in all – were at the event, titled “Burning Jam”, which featured “ART from the ROOTS - Ein Tisch - ein Künstler (One Table - One Artist)”.

While I knew several of the artists there, I enjoyed meeting many more. I was impressed at not only the breadth of the variety of artists, but also of the quality of their work.

Towards the end of the day, each artist was asked up to a microphone to introduce themselves and what they do. Naturally, with me being a foreigner, I was asked to talk about how I arrived in Germany. People are always interested how an American and an Austrian wind up married and living in Germany. I don’t mind explaining and it always ends with a few surprised looks and chuckles.

We also mentioned how I enjoy taking photos of hands. I have a growing series of photos of hands of various people, taken at work or at rest. In the last hour of the event, two exhibiting artists came to my table offering to let me photograph their hands. While being surprised, I gladly grabbed my camera and made a few shots. It really made my day that they trusted me to shoot their hands, and actually seemed excited about it.

All in all, it was a nice day filled with meeting new people, seeing friends and just having a good time.

I downloaded the photos today and am looking forward to seeing what I have.
Rain Can Be Your Friend
16th June 2015
There are some advantages to rainy days for photographers. One is that the light is even - no harsh shadows to try to compensate for. Even with the software programs of today, it can sometimes be hard to correct harsh shadows without giving your photos an unrealistic or grainy look.

Another advantage relates to tourist sites: the lack of crowds. We happened to be driving home a couple of weeks ago from the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) region. When driving through Todtnau, your eyes can't help but travel up to one of the most spectacular waterfalls which is easily seen from the road. Driving up the winding road to the waterfall can be challenging though. The parking lot consists of perhaps twenty spots and, when those are full, people park along the side of the road and walk up to the waterfall. I love waterfalls but walking with two heavy backpacks in the heat and juggling for a position to try to photograph the waterfall without a thousand people in the picture is not my idea of fun. The alternative to that is simple:

Go there in the rain...

As I mentioned, we happened to be driving home. As we drove up the winding road, not a car was to be seen. Even the parking lot was empty...totally empty. We parked, put our rubber boots on and walked towards the entrance. The last food stand owner was closing and said "Hallo" as we walked by. I can imagine that he had a good laugh at the tourists walking in the drizzling rain. As we rounded the corner, we could hear the power of the water. The site of the waterfall was incredible. We've been to a few - some natural and some man made. This one ranks towards the top of the list for sheer beauty. And, since it had been raining all day, there was more water than normal.

And we were all alone.

There was a covered hut that protected the camera equipment when the drizzle picked up a bit. While Wolf stayed there, I took the umbrella and balanced it between my shoulder and chin while I shot. I shot the waterfall until the light started to fade. Then I turned around and shot the mountains that were shrouded in the mist. Even with the rain, it couldn't have been a more perfect way to end the day.

Equipment Database Site
30th April 2015
While reading an article the other day on a German site about camera theft, it mentioned a site where you could register your equipment. There are a number of sites out there but I decided to check this one out.

Lenstag ( has been around since 2013 and is free. I registered 14 of my items - from my gps to my cameras and lenses. They asked for the serial number and a photo of something showing a serial number. With most of my equipment, I sent a scan of the warranty card, but I found that sending a photo of the equipment itself showing the serial number also worked. They will check what is sent and verify your equipment. Should it be stolen, you can report it through there, along with other equipment database sites. You can also access the site through an app on your phone and download your equipment information (which I find more useful than carrying around paperwork).

Will it bring something? I don't know. Some equipment has been recovered through their service. But, having just bought all new equipment, I thought that it wouldn't hurt.

And they don't restrict you to camera equipment. They say that people have also registered their phones, laptops and other electronic equipment.

Hopefully, I'll never need to report something as stolen...
Exhibition at Leifheit-Kulturhaus in Nassau
28th March 2015
A group exhibition with the Einricher Kunstfreunde will be at the Leifheit-Kulturhaus in Nassau, Germany from April 17 to May 29, 2015. The opening will be held on April 17 at 7:00pm at the Kulturhaus. We have a nice variety of exhibitors.

A Tale of Caution:
04th March 2015
In the market for a Nikon D750 and lens, we started looking first at my husband's distributors, then at online shops since we live out in the country and have no stores in our area. We checked out their prices were good, the camera and lens were in stock and would be delivered in 3-5 they said.

They lied.

Three weeks later, they were still stalling the delivery claiming that the Nikon recall affected their supplies. They finally, when put under a deadline, delivered a Nikon D750 and lens. Unfortunately, it was one of the recalled ones for the reflection issue. Another camera arrived the next day by FedEx from their partner - in England. The box was not the usual Nikon box; there was no guarantee card for the camera and the lens guarantee card was in Chinese. Smelling a rat, we contacted Nikon Germany. They called back, confirming my suspicion that it was a gray market product and that Nikon Germany could not service it under warranty.

When my husband asked if I wanted to give them one more chance, my answer was a resounding "NO". When confronted with the evidence, they claimed that the gray market camera was sent in error...right. My bullsh$t meter went off the scale with that one, I'm afraid. Having nothing on their website that they were selling gray market equipment and not informing the customer that they are purchasing gray market equipment is illegal here. We prepared ourselves in the event that we would have to turn everything over to our lawyer but the company quickly agreed to not only pick up the equipment but to refund the money.

My take on the whole situation was a wasted and aggravating three weeks and a company that certainly won't last long in the business using those types of selling tactics. I noticed on their feedback that there were a few people who had purchased the D750 camera. I am hoping that they and others will see the feedback we will leave mentioning the gray market equipment and check theirs to make sure they purchased one that can be properly serviced, should it need it. Otherwise, they might be in for a shock should have to send it to Nikon Germany.

My last word is to run, not walk away from purchasing anything from them.

Since we believe in supporting the smaller mom and pop stores, I found one in Ravensburg that not only has an online store but a brick and mortar store. After a phone call to confirm that the Nikon's they have are not ones that are affected, we ordered not only the D750 but two lenses. Hopefully, this won't take another three weeks...

ETA: We ordered the photo equipment from Foto Bantle ( on Wednesday and transferred the money to their account immediately. The package went out Friday and I received it on Monday by GLS. Everything is perfect; the cammera has not been affected by the reflection issue and everything has EU warranties - plus, we have a three year warranty with the shop. THAT is how a business should be run.

A week later and we're still waiting on the money to be returned to our account from After emails and intervention from Trusted Shops, the money was returned.
And We're Live
17th January 2015
I have been with another hoster, Zenfolio, for almost six years now. I have had few issues with them, but nothing that made me want to change...until I happen to notice an upswing in the user forum of other photographers who were noticing that their images weren't showing up on Google search.

My site had been consistently ranked on the first page of Google search so I erroneously thought that my images would also be indexed. I was wrong. Only a few photos - mostly from my blog - were indexed. I had close to 1,000 photos on my site and only three or four had been picked up by Google. Something was really wrong.

For a photographer who relies on potential customers finding their site via Google (and other search engines), this could be a killer. No concrete answer from the hoster was forthcoming. I can only guess that something was blocking the sites from Google, but the true answer will never be known.

So, my New Years resolution was to make a change. After a month long search, I landed on Photium. For someone who loves the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid), it was right up my alley.

So here I am...

As spring rolls around, hubby and I will be taking off again and making our long weekend journeys around Germany. Not only will I be making photos with my infrared camera but a new addition to my bag - a Nikon D750 with a few new full format lenses. Like a kid with a new toy, I'm excitedly awaiting ordering it next week...and also taking delivery!

So, a new website, new hoster and new camera's to a wonderful start to 2015!!
Photokina Day 3
18th September 2014
We got out of the house right on time this morning...finally!! This time, we did hit the traffic jams going into Köln but, thankfully, it seemed to move pretty well so we weren't delayed too long.

Since we had pretty much seen all that we wanted the first two days, we decided to do a walk through several of the halls again, then check out some of the photo exhibitions.

We visited OnOne Software's booth and talked with Andy, who filled me in on what's new with the upcoming Photo Suite 9. They had a Photokina special at a reduced price, so we made sure to visit there and buy the upgrade, which will be out the end of October (just in time for my birthday!).

We visited the hall with the paper booths and found a few that we missed the first day and left with more samples. Since foot traffic had increased significantly, we had an ice cream, admired several of the exhibitions, then headed over to the Leica hall. Their photo exhibition was based on a music theme with many photos, past and present, of musicians. One photographer in particular who is no stranger to music - Bryan Adams - had the most poignant exhibit of all. He featured the "forgotten"...the veterans of war who have been injured. Some had lost arms, some had lost legs...some both. Some were in wheelchairs, some sitting in chairs, some standing. It was a stark reminder of what the troops endure while out on the front lines; many whose life will never be the same. It was amazing how comfortable they seemed to be in front of the camera - some smoking, some smiling. My first thought was that the world leaders should see this exhibition, that maybe it would make them think twice. But I know I was just dreaming.

As we left Photokina, we noted the date for the next one: Sept. 20-25, 2016.

Day 3's goodies. Notice that Wolf's stack on the right was just a bit higher than previous days...

All three days, not including umpteen hundred bags that we brought home. I think I brought home just a bit more than Wolf did...

Photokina Day 2
17th September 2014
After getting a late start yesterday, we made sure that all the cats were accounted for: the insiders in the house and the outsiders outside. We hit the road a bit earlier than yesterday but still later than what we wanted to.

This time, we did encounter a bit more of the traffic due to the construction sites around Köln but I can imagine that it still wasn't half as bad as what it could have been. We arrived about a half hour earlier than we did yesterday and started down the halls with all of the photo accessories. Sometimes it's the little things - like lens cap holders - that are nice to have...especially for someone who's lost a lens cap previously.

One thing that I couldn't leave without was a Blackrapid CrossShot. After trying it out, I realized how much more comfortable it was than my Sun Sniper strap.

Another accessory that caught my eye is by Go Wing, a Korean company. It is a contraption that looks like someone took two converters, glued them together and put them on a strap. It allows you to carry more than one lens comfortably at a time. For me, that was a given purchase. On hot days, I don't like to wear a vest, so Wolf follows around with a second lens. It's always a juggling act for him to take the lens cap off, hand me that lens while I hand him the one I've taken off the camera. Now, I can carry both and not worry about losing caps or dropping lenses. They are called "The Lens Flipper" in the US. I don't know if this item will take off, but I've tried it and, for me, it's quite useful.

We also stopped by the Op/Tech USA to check out their wares. We talked at length with Terry, the owner and left with camera raincoats. While I have one for both of my cameras, the ones offered by Op/Tech are easier to use and quicker to put on in a sudden frog drencher.

Although I told Wolf that I certainly wouldn't be bringing home so many brochures, I'm still glad that we brought the rolling case...I don't think he believed me (I didn't believe myself either). You can guess which stack is his and which is mine.

Photokina Day 1
16th September 2014
Since my husband occasionally travels through Köln, he knew that there is road construction going on and that there would be traffic jams. Wanting to avoid them, we were up extra early and ready to leave...until he asked me where one of our cats was. Knowing that he is usually up in the attic during that time of morning, there was no afterthought...until I thought to check the back yard before we left. There he sat on a stump. Crap! So, we spent a bit of time playing cat wranglers to get him back into the house. After that was accomplished, we hit the road.

Luckily, with us being later than what we would have been, we missed the morning traffic jam and sailed right into Köln and into the normal parking lot reserved for Photokina patrons. As the shuttle bus arrived, I started getting a bit excited about the three days ahead of us.

As the saying goes, "women love sales"...I'm no different. When one of my online photo stores sent out their newsletter with a limited time offer - Photokina tickets at 15€ instead of the usual 29€ - I snapped three up. Wolf being over 65, got the "senior discount" and paid even less at 12€ per day. So we decided to attend of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - the first three days - and to hopefully avoid the crowd.

First up, Epson. The booth was as large and set up like it was the previous Photokina with a number of the same printers. One portion of the booth focused on beamers and color management. We talked to a number of people there then made our way to the Epson gallery, where they were displaying photos of their Digigraphie partners...two of my photos from my hands collection included.

After talking with the lady who organizes it, we continued on to Canon and Nikon.

Both had decided to go the ecological route and not have catalogs on least Canon didn't. You were given a card that you could take to a terminal and use it to fill in your name and address, activating the card. You then used it like a credit card and swiped on black dots at whatever camera or printer stand you were at and it would enter your information to send you the catalogs. However, I didn't see anyone doing it...many depositing their cards in the trash on the way out.

Nikon, on the other hand, gave out cards with QR codes that allowed to you instantly download their catalogs or go onto their website (

By the time we left there, more than half of the day was gone so we visited the hall where the paper companies were located and talked with several of them, picking up samples and arranging to have samples sent.

Thank goodness we had a case on rollers as it was quite full when we left.
Countdown to Photokina 2014
12th September 2014
It's that time again! Köln will be under siege from photographic vendors peddling their wares to photographers from all over the world. It can be a madhouse at times with people steering you into their booths wanting to show you their latest and greatest...

And I get to be there!

From Tuesday, Sept. 16 until Sunday, Sept. 21, the messe will be abuzz with activity.

And, again this year, Epson will feature select photographers' photos in their gallery. Two of mine from my hands collection will be featured there so, if you're at Photokina, be sure to stop by and check out everyone's works!
20th June 2014
On Saturday, July 19th from 2pm onwards, KuKuNat in Netzbach will be holding their sixth art festival. There will be loads of exhibitions to be seen, music to be heard and food to be eaten. This is my first time participating in KuKunat so, if you're in the area, be sure to come by. The theme of this year's festival is the color orange, so my photos will be, well, primarily orange. I will have a number of never-seen-before photos.

Hope to see you there!

(Yes, Sherry Hauziwickl is, in fact me). :)