I had taken a couple of seminars and workshops prior to taking a summer-long class with Les, but I consider him to be my first teacher. Until then I was content to take photos and enjoy them myself, perhaps share with my mother and one of my brothers who visited with her. It was his photo shows set to music and his admonition “it isn’t a photograph until it is shared” that propelled me to hone my craft even more and seek broader audiences. During that class he saw my interest in macro work and gave me a very low price macro flash rig and a small aquarium for aquatic subjects.
I joined 3 groups that he founded, the Quabbin Photo Group, The Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists, and the Massachusetts Camera Naturalists. Les’ encouragement to join and my participation in these groups really made me feel that I had a voice as a photographer. I am forever grateful to him for his knowledge, generosity, and teaching.
Spitler Point in Shenandoah National Park
Photograph is one Les gave me some pointers on cropping and composition.