For the past 5 days, I along with 40+ other photographers have been attending what might have been the best 5 day gathering and experience I’ve had the opprotunity to be part of. It became more of a summer camp with early mornings and very late nights, all at a location that was very personal. This barn/campfire combination was not your typical hotel conference room environment. I don’t think I got home any single night earlier than 1am.
When Dave asked me to take part and help demo and present, I was unsure and hesitant not knowing what value I could bring to the table. I got the feeling that several other presenters felt the same way. It can be a difficult thing to run a technical talk with a wide range of experience in the audience. Where is that balance between confusion and boredom?
I truly did not know what to expect with this event but have yet to hear a negative remark. I left feeling the impact and variety of topics we covered hit a home run. Strong emotions were highlighted from many talks about “why we do this” and very little talk about the latest camera models.
Measuring success is difficult but considering this years speakers are wanting to return as participants next year and many of this years participants have already registered for 2016 is an indication of what this now yearly event has already become.
It feels odd right now waking up and not rushing off to “the barn” on Dave’s property. Land and See 2015 is now a memory and a constant Facebook stream of images I’m having a hard time keeping up with.
2016 registration details will be available in the next day or two and I’ll get the website updated to reflect everything we’ll all be looking forward to in July 2016.