Along for the Ride.

Little man holds on to his hat as he is along for the ride.

Oak Grove Trail Ride

I took this shot with my NIKON D3000 back on 10/15/2011 03:11:53 PM, or at least that is what the Exif data shows. I was using a Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G lens. I was shooting 100 iso, Aperture priority F5.6. Exposure time was 1/200 s. Focal length 40.0 mm. Yes, I used to on-board flash also. Again this information is from the Exif data.

Today as I look at this photo, I am remembering how all that technical stuff was not that important to me back then, as long as I got a “pretty good” photo. Although when all that ‘stuff’ was not set up correctly, I found myself deleting extremely under exposed, or over exposed photos. Not to mention all the ones I took that were so blurry, I wasn’t sure what I took a photo of.

I can now set here and laugh at myself for thinking I was a pretty good photographer back then. Yet I am ashamed that I have not improved my skills much over the years. But when everyone you share your photos with says how great they are, it is easy to be fooled into believing you are good.

When I started looking at some ‘Fine Art Photography’, I quickly knew that I have been taking nothing more than Snap-Shots, although some of my snap-shots are not all that bad. Then I looked at the photos of some street photographers. Noticing how my best photos look worse than there worse shots.

having almost 10 years of pushing the button on a digital image maker, I find it hard to correct my bad habits. Relearning from the basics up is the approach I am now trying. I an participating in a local photography club and I am hoping that the human to human approach will help me become the photographer I want to be. ‘On-line’ courses are like the camera’s instruction manual. Packed full of information but fail to answer your question. So for now, just as little man was along for the ride. I too am just along for the ride, growing, learning and waiting for that day I can take a great photo. . .

Be Safe and have a Great Day. . .




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