Maverick Won’t Engage

Stephen Fisher Photography, Aransas Bay, Sunrise, Clouds, Breakwater,Take the shot Maverick…take the shot!

I just haven’t been shooting too much lately…and it’s been bothering me. Intellectually I know why. Emotionally…I’ve really missed “engaging”! I love making art and it just hasn’t been happening.

The Art Festival really took it’s toll on me this year. Even though I had a very good show, I paid the price. That 2 day show takes well over a month of preparation. It’s a LOT of work! The labor…the heat…the pressure…

I’ve also had 4 other exhibits/competitions recently that took a lot of time and focus. And then…building the house has been a year long project. Even with all of that, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel…

I did reengage this morning…and it was empowering! I walked less than100 yards to a lot where I’ve made a lot of images. There’s a new house being built on the lot, so I scrambled around the worksite and made it out on what will be a second story deck some day. The view was exhilarating. I set up my gear and started shooting. It felt great…





Stephen Fisher Photography, San Antonio Bay, Great Egrets, Flight, SunriseLast night was the opening reception of the Photography 2016 exhibit at the Art Center of Corpus Christi. The awards were announced at 6:00 pm, and for the second time in a row here I got SKUNKED!

Such is life in the world of art competitions. I gave it my best shot and it just didn’t go my way, Would I enter something different If I could have a “mulligan”? Nope…I like the three pieces I had juried into the exhibit.

The sun will come up this morning. I still have more than enough confidence in my ability as a fine art photographer. I’ll enter MANY more competitions, and hope for better outcomes This is what I do…







I’m Still Tired

Stephen Fisher Photography, Roseate Spoonbill, Birds, BreedingOK…The 4th of July Art Festival in Rockport, TX was a BIG success for us. Now it’s been over for 2 days…and I’m still tired. Doing this show was hard. And honestly, they’ve been getting harder and harder as the years go by.

I think the July heat here on the Coastal Bend plays a big part of it. The Rockport Center for the Arts 4th of July Arts Festival is an outdoor show. It takes a full day on Friday to get the 2 10×10 booths set up and hang the art. Then I arrive at 6 am on Saturday to “fine tune” everything before the gates open at 10 am. Thousands of patrons coming through generate even more heat. The gates close at 6 pm…a long day!

Day 2 starts at 7 am when I open up the booths to see if everything survived the night. We’re on the coast and the winds can really pipe up around here. Mercifully I did’t have any damage…others weren’t so lucky. I try to straighten everything up and rearrange the art. At 10 am the gates open again and the patrons rush in. It’s pretty non-stop until 5 pm when the festival officially closes. Then the worst part for me begins. 120 artists and their helpers start to break down the booths. All of the unsold art needs to be carefully packed. As well as the organizers have plans in place, 100 vehicles jockying to get in to pack is challenging to say the least.  Finally…close to 7 pm I head home. Fortunately for me, it’s 10 minutes away!

No one MAKES me do this show. As a matter of fact, getting juried into this festival is such an honor. I’ve done the Art Festival for 5 years in a row now…and feel extremely flattered. It is without a doubt one of the finest art shows anywhere. So am I going to try again next year? If I had to decide right now…maybe not. When the applications come out next year…we’ll see!







Stephen Fisher Photography, Aransas Bay, Rockport TX, Pier, Sunrise, Waves, ReflectionsSometimes I forget. Sometimes I take things for granted. Sometimes I lose perspective…

Last week I attended a reception for an art exhibit where I had 2 pieces being shown. I was POSITIVE that BOTH of these photographs I had in this show would win awards. WRONG! Nothing…nada…zero…

I was disappointed. How could this happen to me? My work is better than the others that won. And then I started thinking rationally again. If I make photographs to only please others…I’ve lost it. That kind of thinking sets me up for heartbreak. I’m smarter than that.

Here’s what i need to remind myself. I make art for ME. If a judge likes it…great! If a patron buys it…great! But the really important thing is that I have to like it and be proud to have my name on it.

I can still painfully remember the first photograph I exhibited publicly years ago. I actually thought it was good enough to be a Nat Geo cover shot. Of course it wasn’t! It was awful at best. But I liked it…and thats what counted.

This recent experience reinforced a valuable life lesson for me. I’ll try to continue to make meaningful art that I like. I’ll continue to learn and improve my craft. If I do in fact do that…I’ll be just fine.








Stephen Fisher Photography, Nature, Birds, Great Egret, Flight, Aransas BayIt really feels like things in my life are moving at warp speed right now! Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining…I’m just saying thats the way it feels…

I haven’t been shooting as much as I like lately. There are a LOT of good reasons for this. I’m busy! Busy with things that are important.

While I haven’t been in the field as much, I have been working on my editing workflow. I’m a BIG believer that successful photographs are the result of both camera and computer skills. Getting an image as good as possible with the camera is critical, Being able to bring that image into my editing programs and make it even better might be even more important. I thoroughly enjoy both of these processes.

The Rockport Center for the Arts 4th of July Art Festival is very important to me. This will be the 5th year in a row that I’ve been juried into this prestigious show. It’s actually a lot of work to prepare for a big show like the Art Festival. Would I want it any other way? Not really. This is another opportunity for a LOT of people to see my art. I feel I’ve done a good job in picking the pieces I want to show. I do have a few surprises that I’ll be showing for the first time.

On a personal level, Sharon and I are close to being in our new home. This has been a year-long project that really took a lot of my time and focus. It will be great to finally get everything we own in one place! Soon…



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