|I never heard of the non profit Palm Beach Photographic Centre
( http://www.workshop.org/ ) but I had
purchased a Leica M-8 and Tri-Elmar lens and the factory guys were coming to
familiarize old customers with the new digital technology and maybe drum up
some new business. There were few photography schools when I purchased my first
M-3 so being autodidactic became a way of life for me. However in addition to
talking Leica, the class lasted two days, and the second day was to be devoted
to printing ( something I really needed ).
They gave us the
assignment of capturing some photos during the first day in order to use the
results the next day for printing. I had a ball. I never got further than 100
yards from the building where the classes were located. Leica provided a large
assortment of lenses and M-8 bodies but I wanted to try out my new wide angle
Tri-Elmar ( the only one there - he said smiling ). I got some good shots of a
local girl and her tattoos, members of the class, and even a French Nobleman
named Jacques-Michel deLaguarigue de Survilliers as he took his midday coffee
at a bar around the corner.
Himmelrich, one of the most upbeat frenetic bakers I've ever met, invited the
class to tour his bakery. Some folks like Ms. Rule and John Davies got some of
their best shots there and I even managed to get a snap of Billy, in constant
motion, which kind of shows his personallity, I believe.
All in all a great
deal of fun. As the french guy with the long name said "Bon Chance"