For a year, my son Jeff had been telling me I had to get on Instagram to showcase my photos. I had an account but I didn't use it--didn't see the point. Finally, back in October I started posting pictures there and "following" other people whose pictures I liked. It was fun. Long story short, I got hooked. Now I spend some time each day posting a few pictures and looking at a LOT of pictures by some fantastic photographers. I have learned a tremendous amount doing this and I think my photography continues to improve. For any of you on Instagram, my username is "@denis.p.leblanc".
This past weekend, I took it up a notch. Some local Instagramers, who met using the site, were having an "Instameet" in San Diego to shoot pictures together. Lynnae and I decided to check it out, not knowing what to expect. We showed up at the first of two meeting times/places only to find at least 40 photographers gathered around, some from over a hundred miles away! People were friendly and I got to know a few. The sunset was a bust, so L. and I went off to shoot at a different location and grab some dinner. I left her at a nice restaurant to draw and drink wine while I went back out to wander downtown San Diego at night with about 30 Instagramers. It was very fun and I met a few more people. I got to talk shop with folks and get advice. Some nice pictures came out of it below. I will hopefully be able to do this again somewhere on our future travels.
|Coronado Bridge at sunset|
|The historic Santa Fe train station in San Diego|
|Steel wool spinning at the waterfront|
|LED spinning underneath a sculpture|
|The pedestrian bridge to Petco Park baseball stadium|
|Another shot of the bridge to Petco Park|
|Entrance to San Diego's Gaslamp District with light trails from the brightly-lit pedicabs that swarm the area|
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