Batting a thousand

In my previous entry, I said that I shot nearly a thousand assignments for the year. Earlier today, after that post, I reached the 1,000 mark.

Over the year I’ve done sports, news, portraits and more. A few things were shot specifically for this blog. Many assignments were enterprise features, found situations with a human interest angle or just pretty pictures.


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 105mm micro. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/11. ISO: 200)

I started the day at 995, but the outlook for reaching 1,000 looked bleak. It was a slow day and I had just one assignment (a pretty rare event for me). I was sent to the Stockton Police department to photograph a cache of drugs and money seized by the police in a raid yesterday. It wasn’t much of a shot, but at least it got me out of the office.

From there, I drove around looking for a feature. I got a quick shot of a man walking through the fog. A little while later, I stopped at Victory Park in Stockton to get a picture of walkers bundled up from the cold as the circled the park. As I shot that, I found a guy whose dog climbed trees. That brought me to 999.

I drove out to Louis Park in Stockton. This was a low-percentage gambit. Part of the park is closed for renovation and finding someone using it would be a challenge on a warm sunny day, let alone on a cold, overcast New Years Eve.

I walked through the park, and sure enough, I didn’t see anyone. I enjoyed the peaceful serenity, listening to the quite rustle of grass and leaves beneath my shoes, not even thinking of getting a shot. Then, there at my feet, was a picture. On the fuzzy fluff of a dandelion balanced hundreds of dew drops like tiny crystal ornaments. I took out a macro lens and got a close up shot of number 1,000.

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