Photographer's Note

This is my last post of Western New York. My next series will be of the Big Apple (New York City) itself.

These young ladies, so richly attired in their traditional Turkish dresses, are all young Americans whose families have immigrated to America. They just finished with a traditional Turkish dance at a city of Rochester Turkish Society event. I am proud that our country allows people from all over the world to immigrate here. These kids were all very nice and were happy to share thier historical roots with curious visitors like me. Immigration has greatly enriched the United States and has given us a strong and diverse country. My wife is a naturalized citizen from Scotland.

From my mother's side of the family, I have old Purtian roots that go back to the early 1600s. Many of my ancestors have fought in wars for the Colonies and for the United States. Among them are the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWI and WWII. I could become a naysayer, like some traditionalists, and bemoan the inclusion of new immigrants, but I don't. Obviously, Immigration has to have some checks and balances to it, but politicians sometimes like to do their "saber rattling" scare tactics about immigration and I tend to ignore them. I have heard from some people that the United States will eventually become a white minority country. This does not bother me at all. Life is always in a state of flux anyway. I judge people individually, not by the color of their skin, or their country of origin. I have also learned so much about other lands and cultures from our immigrants and it really gives me the "travel itch" to travel abroad.

I will be slow to respond to this post. I have a very busy three days ahead of me. I get behind sometimes, but I always make it a point to respond to each and every critique (usually with a complimetary one). I sometimes run into photographers who never respond to my critiques, and needless to say, this doesn't last for very long with me. I won't put up with this type of rudeness and I don't expect anyone to put up with it from me either.

Technically I feel that I oversharpened this compressed photo a bit, but it is still acceptable in my opinion.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Stan Obert (scobert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1170 W: 17 N: 1848] (5355)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-06-16
  • Categories: Event
  • Camera: Nikon Coolpix P5100
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
  • Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-02-18 13:07
Viewed: 7579
Points: 28
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