Some of The Best Photos I’ve…

Some of The Best Photos I’ve Made Were Likely Made Over 30 Years Ago

Years ago, when I first became interested in making photographs, I would actually shoot. Take pictures with only one purpose in mind and that singular purpose was to create images.

Like lots of people, eventually the creation of those photographs lead to encouraging feedback. I believe that positive feedback was what initially prompted me to want to learn more about photography.

That desire to “learn” greatly altered the path my photography was taking. The direction moved away from a desire to make photos towards an emphasis on learning how to make photos. I believe there to be a difference.

All in a sudden, nearly every photo I shot was with the purpose of learning rather than focussing specifically on the subject. I became focussed on the craft more than the art itself if that makes sense.

There is something that happens to shooters who become teachers and I think it happens early on. Interestingly enough, I think it halted my creation of images that matter to me. I got hung up on the cameras, the gear, the technique, and no longer on my desire to create images. From the learning phase I transitioned into a teaching phase wherein every photo was an example from which someone could be taught or learn.

Yes, when hired to do so, I would tell a story with my camera, but I was being paid. I was telling someone else’s story.  If I was hired to photograph something that interested me, better photographs were created.

{And now, we interrupt this programming to bring you a few photos as that is likely why you are here in the first place}

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Perspective is very interesting and at a certain age one comes to realize that you really don’t have any until you have lived for a while.

When I was first fascinated with action photography there was no money for cameras or film, literally. The shit camera my parents had made some of the best memories. The memories and the photographically prompted recollections are what photography is all about, is it not? The capture of a single moment in time in such a way, that when presented, moves us into history.

The camera that I made my first good photos with was some old 35mm manual focus Pentax thing that was lent to me. Believe it was a K1000. I really had no idea how to use it. An explanation of the sunny 16 rule rings a vague bell from way back when, but really I think the lender just set it for me and I shot. I made good photos with it. I made photos of things that interested me.

Now I am starting to look around and wondering once again, “how can I photograph that? What matters to me? What or who is special enough and impactful enough in my life to make me want to photograph it or them?”

In 2004 I started to write a book about the journey I took to really learn photography.

Some of that content will find its way in here because I spent the time writing it and feel there may as well be some use made of it.

It is very interesting to read it now and see how different a path life can take than the one a person thought they were going to take.

Right from the beginning there was a significant amount of content that mentioned my now ex-wife. Now there is a path change.

This is a path change lots of photographers seem to have in common… ex-wives. Nope, not in common that we all had the same wife, but that the craft and the business tends to impact family-life in a not-so positive fashion.

Our careers tend to be a wee bit anti-social. We work when others socialize (lots of evenings and weekends) and, if we are really into making photos, we in a rather sick way, start to resent time spent with others because we are not getting to make photographs.  There were days when we would have company over and I would sit and look at the colour of the sky thinking about the photos I could be making in that light rather than yapping about whatever happened that week in the lives of people with real jobs.

Interesting now how I am starting to see more value in the concept of those “real  jobs” because those people have social lives… and time off. Time doing some things they want to do, time not thinking about work. It’s called a work/life balance.

This shift I am feeling is not one that will take me away from making photographs or teaching others to do so, but I do believe it will have me once again taking photos because I want to and for the reasons non-photographers take photos… because they want to make pictures while bearing witness to things that matter to them.

It’s strange how for the longest time, if attending a family gathering or social function, if I picked up a camera, I quit having fun and went into work mode. Then I would start being this “editorial guy” who took tonnes of pictures, but because I was not getting paid to, never actually did anything with the pics. There is also the expectation that wherever you go, as a photographer, you are going to take photos so one really never gets any time off.

This year, I went to my family Christmas gathering and did not once pick up a camera. I just wanted to have Christmas again and enjoy the company of those important to me. Granted they probably all feel less important because this dude with a giant camera (Uncle Paparazzi) did not hassle them all day. ;)

I think this blog entry is a public admittance that this New Years Eve, for the first time ever, I’m going to make a resolution. A resolution to find a good work/life balance. Not entirely sure what that will look like and I hope it does not look like me begging for change on a street corner someplace, but I know it will involve my working less and socializing more. More friends, more recreation, more fun. Perhaps I will find a regular schedule that will afford me an opportunity to become a board member or volunteer somewhere, both things the sole proprietor of a one person enterprise  can’t do as the schedule always has to be open and flexible to revenue potential.

The one thing I won’t change this year is my desire to help people make better photographs. Outside of making good images for myself, the one thing that has always floated my boat is seeing it click for someone else. When they realize that controlling that camera has become almost second-nature and they now can get to what they really want to get to, and that is capturing images of that which is important to them.

Happy New Year y’all!

Thanks for reading and, as always, you are invited and encouraged to “share” with the buttons below as well as comment in the provided fields. I read and appreciate everything and do my best to respond promptly to all feedback made by humans.

Yes, There Have Been Other Blogs

MapleXmasFirst & Foremost, Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from myself and Devona. If you’ve not yet heard, she is buried up to her eyeballs in fish hooks and camouflage at Cabela’s. At some point I’m sure she will pick up a camera again but for now, I’m on a bit of an island. Times, they are a changing.

Please consider this blog entry for its housekeeping value only as there are a few things I need to get straightened out. As of today, I have a lengthy list of subscribers to whom I will continue to send email notifications when I post an entry. That said, given the subscription mechanism in the left column, if you subscribe there, I will remove your name from my list to ensure you don’t receive multiple notifications and hopefully eventually everyone will do this freeing up a much-needed 4 minutes and 49 seconds.

Now for a brief explanation of what’s going on.


First there was our blog on, then there was a motorcycle travel blog on Both of which came into issues with blogging software, databases, and support updates through my hosting provider. Sadly, I quashed the motorcycle blog all together and started posting photo blog entries manually, very manually, to This was a serious drain on resources and frustrating.

I really enjoy the act of blogging but to maintain entries for different entities makes very little sense. I’m one guy. Owner of Rob Weitzel Graphic Productions (, which owns both (you guessed it, my sports photography related website) and (a website for all other types of photographic services and education). In an effort to streamline my life a little and reduce the confusion, I am just going to write here. I will write whatever strikes my fancy. It may have to do with one of the two aforementioned sites or it may not. It may be about what has elated me or pissed me off of late. As always, I will make photos and post those photos with some commentary on how they were created as well as the exif data from them so that you can see, from a camera setting standpoint, how they were created… kinda like this:

RWGP7385ISO:200 – Manual - 1/500th @ F3.5 - Off-Camera Flash positioned camera left in small softbox.

As part of my business has always been Graphic Design, Website Services and now encompasses Social Media Consulting I may occasionally venture down that road as well. Some of what exits my digits and graces this space will be educational and hopefully most of it will be entertaining enough for you to hit the subscribe button.

If I can get to the point where I can communicate with all of you in some efficient manner, there may be a point and time at which the podcast comes back as well.

I will apologize up front to those of you who follow me on both of my twitter accounts (@sportsshooter_1 & @TwoPhotogs) because you may well see things more than once. Hell, if you follow me on Twitter, are a friend on Facebook, like both my Those Two Photographers and Facebook pages, you may see the same thing six times but you will never have to come to me and say “hey, I missed that blog post”.

Fact is, as of today my @sportsshooter_1 account is nearing 800 followers and @TwoPhotogs is just shy of 500. For the most part they are different users. I appreciate those of you who follow both because often the content is different (a little more personal on the @sportsshooter_1 account) but when it comes to this blog, there is just no feasible way for me to feed those two worlds separate content.

So from this day forward, this will be the blog. The best way to keep it regular is for you, the readers, to encourage me with the blogging laxatives that are questions and comments.

If you wish to contact me feel free to use the contact form below or if you wish to comment on this blog entry, you can do so in the comment field beneath the contact form.

Shortly, I will be writing again with dates for a number of Winter Workshops and Sports Field Trips. At some point in the near future I may write a little about how I got to where I am in my photographic career… a bit of a backstory if you will.

By the way, if you know of someone who could use a little help with their cameras, feel free to forward them this link – I have a few spaces left in my intro workshops in January.

Thanks for taking the time to read and subscribe. Once again, Happy Holidays and a Wonderful, Exciting & Prosperous New Year!