Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Color the Skies

It's that time of year again, summer is winding down and the Balloons go up over Ripon. This year I thought I was going to have a tough time photographing this event. I have shot it for three years now every year the same shots or so I thought. This year it became more about the people and the charity than the event for me. It's funny how life does that to you just when you think you are about burnt out on something it re-sparks your interest. At the pilots briefing on Saturday I listened to a little man so full of life that had beaten back cancer with the help of Children's hospital his flair and excitement for life made me realize how important this event was. I also ran into someone who I had meet earlier this year and had a great conversation with him and his wife and listened to their story about how their nice had sought out treatment at Children's hospital of California and how much it had done for their family. Now I'm kind of a big softie and hearing their story made me really want to do more for the event. As a photographer all I can do is try my best to tell a story and inspire others. I think next year I will be trying to get my hands in a little more to raise more money for this great charity.

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