So, where to start? How about I tell you about the first photo I was proud of... The photo above was taken with my, then, newly purchased Canon DSLR camera. I was in my mid-twenties planning a vacation (that never ended up happening), and wanted to get a "good" camera that I could change lenses on. Dropped a ton of money on it and instantly thought I was going to take tons of great photos, but in reality I had no clue what I was doing. To say I had no clue I mean this one picture was the only one I am still proud of out of more than 3000 photos I took when I first got the camera.
In the following years I toyed with it and took countless photos, paying little attention to technique, and not really wanting to spend the time learning how to compose a great photo. My gear stayed about the same during that time and truth be told I didn't invest the time to get really comfortable with using it. Then something changed and it changed in a major way. I discovered how good I felt taking pictures. It relaxed me immensely and forced me to look at everyday scenes in completely new ways. That was when I started learning and learning and learning. Slowly, like at a snail's pace, I practiced one new concept at a time until I started composing more and more shots that I was satisfied with.
Now I don't want to continue to throw out details about this whole progression, at least not all at once. So, to go back to this photo. I look back at it fondly knowing that of all the few hundred that I shot that day this single shot still touches me today. It makes me remember the fun I had blindly snapping away playing with every single setting to see what it did. I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I did taking it.