It rained most of today, heavy thunder showers that are typical here this time of year. But just before dark, light started to break through the clouds to the west, making everything interesting and glistening. I got inspired to take a little walkabout, camera in hand.
Under an umbrella with just my 50mm macro, I strolled out to see what I could see…and I got to thinking: what inspires us to photograph? Why do you pick up your camera when you do? What need are you trying to satisfy? This is the most basic of questions for photographers: why do we do it?
Walking in the twilight, I shot images as I found them: lillies in the pond, the shimmer of water in a bird bath, light coming through the bottles on my wife’s bottle tree. Things that spoke to me on some level, things I responded to. Not the same things you would see of course: we each have our own unique vision.
I remember how I first started. I was backpacking the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina, marveling at the beauty of the Flaming Azalea that grow wild at the higher elevations, a truly unique and beautiful plant. I shot photos of them with my point and shoot, only to be disappointed when I later got the film developed. None of the magic that I had experienced had translated onto the film. This led to the realization that I needed a better camera…and the journey began.
What started your photographic journey? Are you in touch with that feeling, that magic, today? How has your photography changed as you’ve matured as a shooter? Do you still get that old sense of excitement?
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