by Steve Cirone
Patience and Respect
Our large club of all photographic levels can be challenged to serve everyone’s needs. One end of the spectrum seeks “how-to” information, the other seeks a display forum and believes “how to” is best learned from individual study and experimentation. I believe a middle path between these extremes best serves our club. This requires our continued patience, respect, and tolerance. Some advanced photographers, for example, can become annoyed by questions during presentations regarding technique, equipment, etc., hurdles they may have long ago crossed.
Conversely, some may be so impressed by the stunning beauty of a presentation that they want to know as much as possible about the technical facts. Certainly, these divergent views are understandable.
This is where the strength of the San Diego Photo Club is contained. We strive to respect one another’s needs and viewpoints. Our advanced members are continually teaching as well as sharing their art. Yet the spectrum of photography is so broad, it is obvious nobody has mastered it all. New photographers are brimming with fresh ideas and enthusiasm, which fuels the vigor and vitality of the club.
What an exciting and divergent world our passion embraces. Let us go forth and photograph!
Steven Cirone is the current and a past President of the Sierra Club Photo Section. Growing up in Southern California, Steve spent many days surfing, skateboarding, diving, and exploring our diverse environment.
In recent years he has turned the experience gained from decades behind the camera to capturing the beauty of the birds native to California. His style is influenced by his early training as a student of Art Morris – whom he still greatly admires. Art is the grandfather of the wonderful hobby of modern avian photography.
You can view Steve’s work by visiting his website at http://www.stevecirone.com.