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Wednesday, July 20, 2011


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It was the spring of 2002 and we were marooned on a live-aboard dive boat in the Yasawa Islands. His now wife Heather was on assignment for Sport Diver magazine and I was juggling the roles of writer/photographer for Scuba Diving magazine. As fortune dictated, my then girlfriend and I split a few weeks prior to the trip so I spent the two week "Lover's Dive Trip to Paradise" as the lone guy on a scuba cruise full of couples renewing their affection beneath the Pacific moon. But that is another tale.

A few months back, I received an email from Richard Steinberger admiring my web site with the suggestion that we possibly reconnect as allies in the photo profession. I remembered that he was already a smart photographer nine years ago — shooting iPix imagery with a Nikon point-and-shoot digital camera on board the Fiji Air flight before boarding commenced — so I welcomed the opportunity as I was duly wowed at his marine photography.

Photographers speak the same language and such was the case on Monday when I joined Richard outside his new Bailey, Colorado home for an afternoon steak lunch and impromptu portfolio critique. He was due to board a flight out to Wisconsin for an assignment the following day and I was wrapping up a fly fishing holiday with a few meetings in Denver.

The conversation drifted from personal talk of family life to the pitfalls of relocating businesses to a new market to memories of Fiji and the role of new technology like RC cameras and minicopters in the pro arena. Photographers helping other photographers. It's a real key to being a success in the visual marketplace. I like to think it was an invaluable afternoon for both of us and I'm looking forward to repaying his hospitality on his next location yachting photo shoot in Florida.

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