January 28, 2013 I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon…
I’ve had Brain Damage by Pink Floyd stuck in my head since I took this photograph last night, forgive me ;)
One of my favorite things to do is to look back on my old photographs and see how much I’ve grown over the years.
The following photograph was taken in 2007. I had no clue what I was doing and was shooting on “P” mode on my brand new Canon Rebel XT. I spent close to 15 minutes outside, playing with settings (as much as I could, having no idea what I was doing) and wondering why it wasn’t working for me.
I remember being devastated that I couldn’t figure out how to get the moon to be anything more than a glowing dot in the sky. I went back inside, frustrated, and was determined to try again another day.
Last night, I remembered that I hadn’t taken a photo of the moon since then. Whenever I’d remember it would be daytime and by the time evening rolled around, I had forgotten again… or the moon wasn’t visible. I grabbed my camera, my zoom lens, and went outside in my PJs for all of 15 seconds to fire off a couple of shots, handheld no less, and got this beautiful image of our full moon.
I’m still learning–each and every time I pick up my camera I improve as a photographer. I grasp every opportunity to grow my skills and learn more about my craft, and with each session I come closer and closer to defining a style that is uniquely “me”. That’s the fun thing about having a creative profession. I get to challenge myself to get better and be the best I can be. There’s always room for growth, and there always WILL be. But it’s being able to look back and see how much you’ve grown that helps you appreciate where you are now, and where you’re headed.