Elliot Erwitt, once said “I’ll always be an amateur photographer.” He also said “Be sure to take the lens cap off before photographing.” Therein lies the essence of my quest to become a good photographer.
The several blogs and websites I belong to are full of tack-sharp, breathtaking photos. I admire them, and I envy the people who made them, because I frankly have no idea how they got to be such top-notch photographers. What books did they read? Did they take any courses or attend any conferences? How do they know when and how to twist and tweak the exposure triangle? What equipment do they depend on — and what would they never buy again? How long did it take before they could reliably size up the light, compose the shot, and actually produce a photo they could be proud of? None of the websites I’ve followed reveal any of these secrets, they only show the fabulous results that I, too, could obtain if only I could figure out how.
That is what this blog is all about — the books I have read, the equipment I have played with, the techniques I’ve tried, and all the other features that have shaped my journey toward excellent photography.
And because I am an opinionated old lady who is passionate about nature, this blog will occasionally feature opinion pieces about what I find and photograph.
Another famous modern-day photographer, Henri Cartier-Brisson, said: “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
I’m not discouraged, I’m well on my way!
I realize I am not making this journey alone — I am sincerely interested in how you, the reader, are faring on your own journey. Together I think we can move the mountain that keeps us in the beginning stage. . .and if not, maybe we can take a gorgeous photo of it. 🙂
I would appreciate my image and name to be removed from this blog. It was taken without consent or permission, and I don’t wish to engage with you any longer about this topic. Thank you.
Thank you for your comment. In researching the essay “Montezuma Waterfowl Refuge?”, I found your image and name appear without copyright in publicly available Internet sources. The information is properly credited to those sources, and as such I do not need your permission or consent to use them. I am sorry you are displeased, but your image and name are an integral part of “this topic,” which reveals inter alia the lengths to which some people associated with MNWR are willing to go simply to stifle viewpoints that disagree with their own. You need not feel obligated to engage with me (or anyone else, for that matter) about it. Thank you again, and best wishes on your future endeavors.