I have always loved taking photos even before I bought my first DSLR camera. When I did my artistic side of photography and eye developed like film in a darkroom. I love to take photos of family and children and architecture.
To me pictures are the best way to remember something forever. When my mother passed away from cancer years ago, I always relied on the photographs of my child hood to bring me back in time. I feel that this is why I love to do what I do.
Children grow so fast and there innocent smiles soon fade away, but with a photograph of them blowing bubbles or being silly always keeps that fresh and new.
There are many things I am good at, but taking photos is what I really love to do, As they say, I am a jack of all trades and in my case, a master Of 1 (that being photography)ha ha. With that said you can never really "master" Photography, there is always new things to learn and new things to try, different lighting techniques, different places to shoot etc. etc.
I think that is why I love to shoot photos; it’s always something new, someplace new to your eye. I learned that great photos are everywhere, in your own back yard or even your neighborhood, we just don't see them, until you open your eye like it’s the first time you have been there.
Look at it from a tourist point of view. If you have never been to Disneyland, your camera would probably never leave your face. There is just there would be just too much to capture, Mickey over there and Princess over here. However if you live in Southern California and spend all your summers at Disneyland you may snap a shot here and there of something that changed since last summer.
If you really look at a child's face when they go on a trip, everything is new and exciting and his eyes are wide open making sure not to miss one thing, and like a camera his eyes are the lens and his brain (memory) is the film to be processed. He will remember those years to come, by searching the photo index of his brain and seeing what he once saw again.
Unlike our memories Pictures last forever, sometimes you need to take them out of the box in the closet to remember those times both happy and sad. Maybe you have pictures in your memory or photo box of times you spent with your grandmother as a child on their lap on Christmas you will pull it out for that good memory, and also in the film world, just as we do in our memories sometimes the pictures will allow you to remember sad times. This is what is so great about taking photos. It will be there to hand down your memories of long ago.
I love to show my kids pictures of me as a kid wearing funny clothes, which I guess back then, were "in style" or so my mother thought so... It’s great to pass on memories like that, I mean I can't just go to my kids and say, "Look in daddy's memories of this picture when I was a kid"; they would surely put me away.
But that picture of me with mother at the beach, or when she dressed me up in a little sailor outfit and entered me in a baby beauty pageant, (yes I won), although I am scarred for life, I have that memory to share to my kids and they to theirs.
I have learned to see things a little different every time I look around sometimes consciously, and most of the time subconsciously. Have you ever noticed how the street sign you pass on your way to your drive way is a little off tilt? But when you look at it from a different angle maybe against the sunset it looks fascinating? That is what I'm talking about.
Everything is worth a photo if you look at it in a different view.
I hope you all enjoyed this little rant of a "Blog". I have never really blogged and not sure exactly how to do it, but it is fun. Enjoy our site and come back often!
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