Do you shoot a lot? Do you stay in practice? Is it still fun?

I was up early this morning.  I was on location setting up at 7:45 am and we were shooting images by 8:30 am.  When I got back to the studio I put two batteries on the charger, downloaded the day's images, backed them up on a second drive and then got ready to go out for a little recreation.  From 4:30 pm til 9:15 pm I took some personal time to do what I love to do second most......take photographs.  That's Ben above.  The first image is from a backstroke race.  I like the frozen water and the deep blue.  That's not processed.  Not even sharpened.  The second image is of Ben wearing caution tape and waiting to swim the anchor slot of the freestyle relay.  They won.  By several body lengths.

The only time I put the cameras down was to swim second on the parents versus coaches freestyle relay. With a motley assemblage of former college swimmers and a former NCAA All American we did out touch our younger team of coaches.

But I digress.  The important thing is how much I anticipated going out and making more images.  I shot 400 images this morning for work.  I shot another 633 this evening for fun.  And the post processing will be even more fun.  This is the kind of passion you need to feel for your craft and your profession if you want to do this as a profession.

And every now and then it all clicks.  If you practice.  And you carry that camera with you everywhere....
image processed in LR3 using "Old Polar" preset.  Love the effect of the contrast and saturation. Love the swimmer kids.  They're the best.  

Wrapping up the day at 10:46 and ready for some fun projects tomorrow.  Keep your batteries charged and your cards formatted.  You never know what you'll see if you take a new path.