1000th POST!

Post 1000!

Hey my friends, So this makes one of those arbitrary milestones in life! I have reached a round number of blog posts! It got me thinking about lots of things. First of all what should I do for the post? And then secondly I started thinking about my consistency. So without further ado, a word heavy post this week. I'll try to throw in some nice extras to hold the attention. 
I collect things. Lots of things. 

I used to make records. I'm up to 32. In fact there's a new one just out but not in CD form yet. 
600 Rubies - Ex Luna Scientia [you can hear that here]
("Back in the day" it was cassette 4 tracks.)  
 So it occurred to me that my passion for photography has been no different. 
Here's the collection of PhotoMentorGroup blogposts: 
  1. http://nicholasviltrakis.blogspot.com/2013/05/whats-in-bag-what-to-pack-for-every.html
  2. http://nicholasviltrakis.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-guide-on-what-to-be-afraid-of-by.html
  3. http://nicholasviltrakis.blogspot.com/2011/09/why-i-plan-for-raw-and-photoshop.html
  4. http://nicholasviltrakis.blogspot.com/2011/06/061711-macgyver-it.html
  5. http://nicholasviltrakis.blogspot.com/2011/05/050611-lens-review-infamous-85-mm-14-vs.html
  6. http://nicholasviltrakis.blogspot.com/2011/05/050111-gift-of-impossibility-failure-is.html
  7. http://nicholasviltrakis.blogspot.com/2011/04/033111-shoot-wirelessly-to-your-ipad.html
  8. http://nicholasviltrakis.blogspot.com/2011/03/who-are-you-shooting-for.html
  9. http://nicholasviltrakis.blogspot.com/2010/09/how-to-choose-wedding-photographer.html
  10. http://nicholasviltrakis.blogspot.com/2010/08/how-i-cheated-in-photography_01.html
  11. http://nicholasviltrakis.blogspot.com/2010/04/040310-mammoth-cave-and-diamond-caverns.html
  12. http://nicholasviltrakis.blogspot.com/2009/07/071709-solution-to-your-problems.html
  13. http://nicholasviltrakis.blogspot.com/2011/05/050111-gift-of-impossibility-failure-is.html
  14. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ItMSID33vwM/TJ_t6Mx_YUI/AAAAAAAAJVU/y951F9AjJpA/s1600/IMG_0186b+Photography+Assistant.jpg
  15. http://nicholasviltrakis.blogspot.com/2010/10/100310-high-speed-sync-sunday-with-oj.html
Like the stones in the above image, I hand select each one based on the aesthetic (in the case of the stones over 3 years working at the Cincinnati Art Museum). The blog has been selected from all the amazing experiences I get to see! Fun story: in 2005 a lovely Norwegian lady saw these rocks on flickr and asked if I would mail her 5. Which I of course did. We still talk.

In my collection of archived JPGs from this business I have 213,338 images saved. And those are just the keepers.  I have a virtual gif animation of my entire life since April 10th 2004 when I got my first digital camera. That puts my average at 63 "keepers" a day that whole time. To say I like it is an understatement.
 And believe it or not... I have a mangled change collection.
 And lots of boxes!
Most of them have their little collections within. It's a fun time for kids at my house. 

As for the collection this blog is... I want to say thank you to everyone of the people I've photographed or photographed with!!! This collection of visual experiences has been amazing! 

So now that I got that out of my system, when I think about the 1000 blog post I'm happy to have another great hand crafted collection of wonderful things to share. More than that I'm thankful for all the great people who have touched my life in so many profound ways! I sincerely mean it and I take that sense on every photo job I get!

Here's to 1000 more!

(Special thanks to David Ziser who practically forced me to start this blog in Dec 07)

And be sure to read that article about me setting off the fire alarm at the wedding. That's a good one.

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