Along the waterfront there are a variety of shops visitors can explore. Many of them with a knowledgeable tradesman who will give you a little history lesson or demonstration of the crafts and trades from the late 1800's. I was so enthralled by many of these demonstrations that I spent more time listening to these folks rather than take pictures.
In particular there was the cooper's barn. A cooper is a tradesman who builds and maintains wooden barrels and casks. On this particular day there was a gentleman by the name of Sam giving a demonstration to a group of eager kids. It was fun watching eight and ten year old kids banging away at the metal bandings of a barrel under Sam's supervision.
As I was watching I had set up my camera on a tripod off to one side of the workshop hoping to get some nice shots of all the barrels and tools on display. Did I mention that the seaport is very accommodating to photographers? So long as you do not sell them commercially, that is. Strict rules on that, but that's a different story.
I then asked him for his email address promising him a copy of the image. He apologized he didn't have an email but gave me his home address. A week later an 8x10 print was in the mail.
The card you see above is a warmly written thank you card from Sam and his wife thanking me for the "beautiful photo of my husband Sam." She goes on to say that, "our children and I love it and will treasure it. How nice of you to send it."
I took two shots of him that day, one to get my lighting and exposure and one of him posing. In all I spent less that ten minutes on this portrait (30 minutes if you count post work and printing.) However, the warm feeling it has given me knowing that something I spent so little time means so much to others is much more rewarding.
A photo is not worth anything if all it does is sit on your hard drive. When your share your images you share the love. Go out there and spread a little love.