Well, I’ve decided to start writing a blog. I’ve been active on Flickr for quite some time and have always enjoyed spending time looking at the photos and creativity from everyone. Lately though I’m struggling to keep up with everything, so I think I’m going to make the shift from spending time on Flickr to actually doing a better job of documenting the things that really interest me.
I’m pretty new to this whole blog thing – I have no idea who will follow this (if anyone), what direction my posts will take, etc. But I have a few ideas. This will primarily be a blog that documents my continued and developing passion for photography. In 2006 I had just finished an international assignment in London, where I met the love of my life, Adriana. I had to return to Denver for a while in prep for my next assignment, in Frankfurt, Germany. While in Denver I finally pulled the trigger and bought my first DSLR, a Canon EOS Rebel. It was a beginner camera and it served my needs wonderfully. I’ll never forget arriving in Frankfurt – I didn’t know anyone, couldn’t speak the language and had six months to keep myself busy. I spent time learning about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and all the other things that make up exposure.
Since those early days, I like to think I’ve come a long way (which is easy if you’re starting from nothing!) After moving to London I upgraded to a Canon 50D and have been taking more and more photos. I’ve taken some lighting seminars and have learned enough about off camera light to have a rough idea how it’s used. I have read a ton of books on composition, lighting, and exposure in general and have put much of what I’ve learned into practice.
More recently I’ve finished a “Project 365” set, which is basically the idea of taking a photo a day, every single day, for (you guessed it) one year. I finished this in August of last year (2010) and decided to start another project as my new years resolution for 2011 – so I’m about half way through that assignment now. I do this for two reasons – one is that it’s an obvious excuse to take more photos. Having to get out there everyday to take a photo is a great way to see the world through a photographers eye; pictures of everyday items can be fascinating when composed in the right way. But even more than getting to be a better photographer has been the simple act of documenting my life. As the new age of social media continues to develop, individuals the world over are pouring the individual creativity out in ever expanding forms of media. I want to be a bigger part of this, and think that writing in a blog will be a better way for me to join in this continued shift in society.