|Me and my Nikon, posted on Instagram|
During my film photography days, I started off with a completely manual Pentax K1000. I loved that camera and it took some pretty good photos. That camera went with me just about everywhere, especially to sporting events. I bought as many telephoto and zoom lenses as I could so that I could take decent photos at various sporting events that I attended, mostly baseball and football, but also a few hockey and even a trip to the Ice Capades.
I read a lot of photography books and magazines back then to try to come up with new ideas and techniques to try out. I experimented with a lot of different films and techniques to see what kind of images I could create with my camera. The Cokin Creative Filter system became one of my favorite tools. They had so many different filters that I couldn't get enough of them. Black and white film was another fun thing to play with.
At one point, I actually considered trying to make a career in photography. I had a friend who started taking ballet lessons to meet girls. He had a recital and invited me to take some photos. I shot a few rolls of film and he took them in to show people in his group. A few of the people in his group liked them so much that they paid me for copies of the prints that they could have for their portfolio. Unfortunately I never pursued it seriously as the guaranteed money of a steady job won out.
After I got married, and especially after my son was born, I lost interest in photography. My camera pretty much set unused for months at a time. During a particularly tight financial period, I took my now seldom used cameras to a camera store and sold them for some much needed cash. Most of my photos at this point were simple family photos that could be taken with a basic point and shoot camera.
Then came the digital age. A few years ago, I decided to take the plunge and buy myself a digital single lens reflex camera, a NikonD40x. With our love affair with the Bowie Baysox, I decided that I wanted to get back into photographing sports again. There isn't a bad seat in the stadium so we are always able to get fairly close to the action. We also were a part of the Bowie Baysox boosters which gives scrapbooks to all the players. Some of my photos have been parts of those books.
About a month ago, I received an email from one of my trade journals. They said that since I was subscribing to the trade journals, I qualified for a free magazine subscription. I had been thinking a lot more about my old photography hobby and decided to try a subscription to Popular Photography. I have received two issues so far and have read them cover to cover.
I was talking to my friend at work recently, the one that I talk about Bathroom Boy and Ms. Spectacular, about wanting to do more on the weekends. With my son being away at school, I have been wanting to do more things on my days off. In particular, I want to go out with my camera and see if I can create great photos instead of just snap shots. At least, that is the goal.
I discovered that there is a photography club nearby in my neighborhood. They meet on Monday evenings at 7:30 pm. Their next meeting is on September 17th. I am going to try to attend the meeting to see if it is something that would interest me. Their annual dues are $25, which won't break the bank. They also have several photo competitions throughout the year. Their website says that visitors are always welcome so I can check them out with no obligation.
I have recently purchased a new camera bag that will allow me to more readily have my camera with me at all times. Later this week, the family is heading to Ocean City for a few days before my son has to go back to school. The camera will be going as well. I have also started following a few different photography blogs in the hopes of getting some good pointers.
If all goes well and I follow through with all these grandiose plans of improving my photography, I hope to post photos here. I am also considering starting another blog strictly dedicated to my photography. If and when that happens, I will be sure to post about it here. I have already created the URL in blogger. I am leaning towards using one of Blogger's dynamic view templates for it. Stay tuned for more.