I start out my various photo projects with
a minimum of 100 images. At this point in my Allston Brighton
360s, I am well over 300 images and still shooting. I shot a few
in Italy during my "Italian Journey" in 2012 and lately I've begun to
shoot outside the Allston Brighton area. During the International
Association of Panorama Photographers conference, I almost the
entire time shot 360 images of the Santa Fe area including the
Albuquerque Balloon Festival, which is not easy because of all the
people and movement, but it's great when it works.
One of my
photo teachers once declared to the class that you should not consider
yourself a photographer until you have spent at least 100 hours in the
darkroom; that is the "100 rule". I think there is some validity
to that statement for most of us in that it doesn't end there and the
"100 rule" helps us to resist the temptation to only pursue
lifetime goals that we are simply "born with". No doubt there are
prodigies that can pick up music and singing etc. very quickly.
Most or all of them are not only "born with" the talent, but also need
to develop, nurture and promote it.
Janis Joplin was supposedly
"born with" her great voice and singing style. I don't think her
brilliance ended there. She needed to learn from and listen
to a lot of other great singers and to live out her time and
experiences on the road to become a great blues singer.
Unfortunately the booze and drugs also wore her out, not
before I saw her 1970 final live concert in the Harvard Stadium in
Allston. With a bottle of Southern Comfort in one hand and a mike
in the other, she gave us the thrill of a lifetime and my "born with"