I've never really thought I was good at much. I've never had any hobbies, and I wasn't especially encouraged in childhood to seek out specific activities. It's not something that's ever bothered me - I occupy my time doing things I enjoy, just nothing specific.
However, lately, I've been thinking that I might be really, really good at photography. Drew got me a really nice camera last year and I've had some fun with it and taken some pretty nice pictures - stuff some people might actually pay for. I've done a lot of practice with it, done a lot of framing practice, macro shots, etc. It whet my appetite.
A few weeks ago, I moved into the big leagues. I saw a SICK deal on a Sony a200K dSLR on consumerist.com, and practically begged Drew to shell out the dough for it. It didn't take much begging, since he saw what a truly incredible deal it was. When it came in, I realized how much I was in over my head... this thing has buttons I have no idea what to do with.
I'm hoping that with the help of Adderall and my quiet afternoons, I'll learn the ins and outs of this thing and be able to take some really nice pictures and one day make some money off of it. If I ever went back to college (pfffft), I'm really thinking it'd be for photography, which is something I could never say - I've never felt especially passionate about something like I've felt about photography. Still, I want to be the person that takes your breath away. I want to take the picture that makes someone say "wow." I want to capture moments, emotions.
Everywhere I go, I seek out things that would make awesome pictures. I was driving along a semi-rural road today and kept thinking "I'd like to take a picture of that" every few miles.
Now, just to DO it. I want to learn my camera and KNOW it, and know exactly how to take the picture I want to take, and take it. I need to just get out there more and take more pictures. Mississippi is filled with possibilities - I can think of at least 10 things on the way to Ace's school that I'd like to spend some time shooting. Gotta do it.
In other news, I went to a baby shower today and ate exactly zero cake, cookies, or the muffins that were apparently a Paula Deen recipe. I cannot believe I've got the willpower for that. I'm a little shocked.
2 weeks ago