My love of photography goes back to when I was a kid and we would go camping in the Yosemite Valley every year just after school got out for summer. Every year I’d go to the Ansel Adams gallery and look at all the pictures. My parents got me my first camera when I was a pre-teen. It was a VERY basic 35mm. It had a manual film advance. The “zoom” lens flipped down and I don’t think it even had a flash. I loved that camera. Every summer I’d hike and take photos. My only photography lesson I had was the very small book that came with the camera. I looked forward to seeing my photos from my trip developed every year. Some of those photos are still my favorites.
I continued taking photos (and upgrading from that first camera). When we moved a few years ago I finally parted with my box of old film cameras. I’m all digital now and like my 1st film camera, my first digital camera was bulky and had a a whole 1.3MP. Yes. I can print an 8×10 tops from those photos as long as I don’t crop.
Basic beginnings and no frills have gotten me where I am today. My home is now decorated with photos I have taken in my travels. Due to the fact that I have 2 small very active and curious boys I have had to do some…let’s go with “upgrading” my previous (now broken) cameras. I am now the proud owner of my first DSLR and I have been taking photos almost every morning on the way to work to familiarize myself with it.
I started a photography challenge group on Facebook to encourage myself and a few creative friends to get out there and take photos once a month. It has inspired me to do more. That creative start lead me to enter a few online photography contests to see how well I do among other photographers. I’m not doing bad. I also find the other photographers inspirational.
This is just one more stop at my rediscovery of myself.