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|| News Item: Posted 2005-08-04

Leading Off: Breaking a Promise
By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

I know, I know. I called it "The Last Luau" but I just couldn't resist. As Michael Corleone says in "The Godfather III" --- "Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in!"

Last November's Sports Shooter Workshop & Luau was an event that not only exceeded my wildest expectations but was as satisfying an experience as I could have imagined.

But planning and hosting an event with nearly 500 participants with a staff and faculty of 50 takes its toll. Especially with my time (I do after all have a "day job"!)

I promised myself … and my wife Deanna and daughter Emma … that I'd take a break from holding big events for at least a year. Hence: "The Last Luau".

But the satisfaction I had with February's Sports Shooter Academy got me thinking: "Maybe a small event in the Fall wouldn't be such a bad idea…"

The enjoyment of watching photographers… my friends … share their work, their ideas, give freely their secrets and tips to the students at The Academy was for me … inspiring.

There is a lot of work that goes into these educational projects, small or large. I try to make everyone happy and sometimes that is a problem. But I get more out of these workshops and seminars than really what I put in.

Here we are in the middle of the Summer and with the help of Jim McNay and Brooks Institute of Photography we're putting on an event that we're calling the Sports Shooter Commuter Short Course on Nov. 4 - 5, 2005.

I am fortunate that I have wonderful friends that I can take advantage of to help me put on these educational events. If it were not for them there would be no cool events from Sports Shooter. It is because of all of them … plus Emma and Deanna … that we can have events like this where we can gather, see wonderful photographs, learn something about our craft, be inspired and have some FUN.

And that's what separates Sports Shooter events from all others … having some fun!

I hope you all will forgive me for breaking a promise. I just couldn't help myself!

* * *

This issue of Sports Shooter introduces a new regular feature, "Sports Shooter Conversation". This Q & A format will allow the discussion of interesting and timely topics … the debut features Chip Litherland and Gerry McCarthy talking about Photoshop.

The return of the popular "In The Bag" feature has Steve Apps and Dan Powers writing about what (and how) they pack for covering the Green Bay Packers.

Rick Rickman in his regular column writes about family and a career change. Gene Blevins gives us a look at covering the recent launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

So sit back, relax, turn down that Podcast of KCRW's "Morning Turns Eclectic" and enjoy Sports Shooter v. 81.

As always, thanks to Special Advisors & Contributors: Deanna & Emma Hanashiro, Brad Mangin, Anne Ryan, Rick Rickman, Joe Gosen, Peter Read Miller, Rod Mar, Vincent Laforet, Trent Nelson, Jason Burfield, Grover Sanschagrin, Photodude, Scott Sommerdorf, Reed Hoffmann and Bob Deutsch.

Thanks this month to: Gerry McCarthy, Chip Litherland, Steve Apps, Dan Powers and Gene Blevins.

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