In June 2016, I took a free Intro to Photography workshop at Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography Classes. They promised that if you started taking classes with them, within nine months you’d showcase your photos on their gallery walls. A few months later on Halloween, I started Photo I and learned the basics of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Photo II followed in January with more on the technical aspects of the camera. I continued with Photo III in late February, choosing to focus on fences as my subject for the entire seven weeks.

I’m happy to say that my first photography showcase will be September 17, 2017, at the Ravenswood Art Walk here in Chicago. It took a bit more than a year.

The “Show” class started in early June. I’ve been working each week to choose six pictures from the hundreds of fence photos I took during Photo III. Using Lightroom and Photoshop, I’ve been editing them to be the best they can be. It’s amazing how far each has come.

With the photos almost ready, now I have to choose what paper to print them on. Today I made an early trip to the photo lab to print two of the pictures on five different types of papers. Another photographer thought they’d look great on a textured matte paper she uses. It’s William Turner FineArt Textured Matte from Hahnemühle, a German paper company founded back in 1584. Yes, that’s not a typo — 433 years!

I tried a few others from that series and will print a few other sample sets in the coming weeks.

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