It has been four years since I started this adventure in photography.  It started as a hobby and saw me go from a point and shoot Sony, to making barn wood frames and selling them on Ebay to get a enough money to afford my first Dslr camera, a Nikon D3200, I shot 60000 frames with that camera.  My hobby turned into a passion.  Last March I invested in the top end APS-C sensor a Nikon D7100.

Shot after shot with the D3200 and hours of reading and learning various techniques and hours of post processing in Corel Painshop brought me to making submissions to Our Iowa Magazine.  Last year it was the Winter issue and no images selected for publication.  I was going to submit some for Spring but after a discussion via email with the editor I elected not to submit at that time because I thought I did not have what they were looking for.

In July I contacted the editor and submitted a select 12 or so for consideration in the Autumn edition.   No word so I assumed there we none selected again.  I continue to shoot every weekend and as time warrants.  Yesterday I got home and notice the issue came only it was in a envelope not the usual plastic wrapper.  I assumed it was a renewal notice at my subscription was running out soon.

I also got a battery grip in the mail for my D7100 yesterday and I unboxed it an placed it on the camera.  Worked like a charm.  I went out to my porch to have a cigarette and opened up the envelope.  Inside the front cover was a letter informing me that my picture was selected for the issue and enclosed was a check for 200 dollars for publication.  Wow!  Finally made it and it was a full page spread.

Below is the cover letter and the image they selected.  It was one of the last Autumn pictures of the season as most of the tree had been stripped of their foliage but a few oaks trees still had their color.  They are the last in our area to shed their leaves and some years keep them into Winter.  So the moral of this story is one word Perseverance.  Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.  Lesson learned.

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