Thanks to all of you who shared in this fantastic journey with me. I enjoyed writing it- I hope you enjoyed following along.
Thanks to fellow tour member, Randy Cole, for helping me supply the names and locations that we visited [NOTE TO SELF: take a small notepad and write this stuff down as we are doing things!] In addition, a special thanks to Arthur Meyerson who made this trip possible for us. Finally, thanks to Reid Callanan and the Santa Fe Workshops, who produced and directed this fantastic experience. Finally, to Gretchen for proofing these posts- and occassionally making much needed editorial input!
On the flight home to Seattle, Gretchen and I were talking about how we would complete the Santa Fe Workshop-Cuba critique form that we knew we would be receiving in the mail. Honestly, we would change NOTHING. Every aspect of trip was first-class. All travel/visa details were handled without incident. Our hotel, Hotel Parque Central, was a modern first-class lodging with super amenities- and friendly, helpful staff. The Santa Fe staff, Dustin Sammann and Jennifer Spellman as well as Kip Brundage, Tony Bonanno (who has his own special Cuba project- click here) , and Arthur, just made things flow seamlessly. Our daily trips were well-planned… and fun! Finally, Santa Fe’s decision to include our local Cuban photographers, Jorge Gavilondoand Carlos Otero, was a stroke of genius. Both Jorge and Carlos assisted us in navigating the streets of Havana and proved to be invaluable in communicating with local Havana residents. We feel indebted to them for their “connections” that afforded us many opportunities to visit (and photograph!) artists, private homes and factories.
About the “monster that I have created”: Gretchen is taking up photography in a big way! First up- on March 7 she is off to take a course from Jennifer Spelman titled Basics of Digital Photographyat Santa Fe Workshops. Accompanying her will be our youngest daughter, Kimber who is taking time off from her job in Portland, OR. Our other daughter, Ryann, had a schedule conflict with these dates, so she will also be going to one of Jennifer’s classes later in the year. Gretchen will inherit my Nikon D7000 with a new 18 x 200 primary lens. I have stepped up to the full-frame club and ordered the new Nikon D4 and will continue to use my 28×300 lens. Yes, I did indeed create a MONSTER! Nevertheless, it is so much for Gretchen and I to enjoy our retirement years pursuing our mutual love of photography!.
Finally I have a request from each one of you. This Blog has over 200 subscribers- and I have heard from a small number of you. I am curious about how many people read all, or several, of these posts. Would each one of you who read at least one post, please click here to email me[DO IT NOW- it will take 5 seconds!] with a simple “thanks- viewed once, 3 times” or whatever. I am just interested in getting a count of how many read this Blog. [Facebook viewers: a quick comment would work- or contact me through Facebook]
Also, any comments are welcome: too much prose, too many pictures, less links and more pictures in actual blog post, whatever you feel. Gretchen and I are going to Africa for three weeks in May. Upon our return, I will be blogging- but NOT 21 daily posts, I promise (I will probably post once for each location we stop: Cape Town, Zulu Nyala Game Reserve, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park: Somalisa Camp, Okavango Delta: Shinde Tented Camp, Linyanti Reserve: Selinda Tented Camp, and finally Johannesburg). Any ideas to make this Blog more relevant to its readers will be appreciated.
NOTE: To view all 10 posts, go hereand work backward (posts are displayed in descending order- most recent post is first).
FINE ART: For those who missed yesterday’s post, all 12 of us in Arthur’s group submitted our 8 best photos- they were combined into a 3.5 minute video that can be, at least for now, seen here. [The required QuickTime viewer is here.]