The reality is most of those photos still sit in their sleeves in my photo library folders in the office – only seen by maybe ten – twenty people in over twenty years of photography. The really good ones, maybe a dozen of them blown up and framed. I’ve never gotten around to scanning them all – maybe one day.
As an enthusiastic amateur photographer I took photos but I never really got into it in a big way – never really properly understood all the technical stuff like depth of field, f-stops, lighting and composition stuff. If I liked the shot I’d shoot it and hope for the best.
When all my camera gear was stolen during the Sydney Olympics in 2000 I found it hard to spend money on stuff that was more self indulgent then practical.
For the next five years I carried around a little $150 snappy.
Anyway, during that time digital photography dramatically improved and a couple of years ago I bought my first digital SLR camera – an Olympus E-330, and then not much after that a Flickr membership. The digital photographic journey had begun.
Today, nearly two years to the day – one of the first photos I took – of my dog Basil the Bull Mastiff sitting sadly in his kennel passed 10,000 views on Internet photo sharing service Fickr.
I remember the shoot – it was the day before my birthday and Kim and I were flying to Bali for a well earned holiday – I was still trying to work out which buttons to push.
In reflection it’s amazing how fast technology has moved in those two years; how much my life has changed and how, through moving into the digital photographic world I found a new passion for my photography.
Still as always, so much to learn but more importantly, how your photos and images can make someone smile or think – all good.