Baby Steps

Baby StepsPanasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
1/1250 sec
ISO 100

I realise that it’s human nature for us all to always want everything right now, but it’s good to remember that good things come to those who wait.  Let’s take photography as for example.  You can (and many people do) buy the best DSLR, buy a huge SD card tell everyone you take photos, but there’s really no replacement for experience.  To take good photos takes countless hours searching, composing and taking photos.  It requires hundreds and thousands of failed, terrible photos, with the knowledge that each time you take a sub-par one, you learn something new for next time.  I’ve learned that, over time, you start to develop a subconscious sense of which part of your surroundings may make for a great photo on a day-to-day basis, which isn’t something that you can teach easily.

Mind you, I’m not saying that I’m a good photographer, but it is really satisfying to look back at my photos chronologically and notice the improvements over time.  They say that to become an expert, you need to spend 10,000 hours on an activity and I think that makes a whole lot of sense.

PS: If those little booties look familiar, that’s because they belong to everyone’s favourite hand cream.
PPS: I really wanted to make a bad pun about stepping up or stepping down aperture but that was too bad, even for me.

Aargh, life!

Aargh, Life!Olympus M. Zuiko 40-150mm
ISO 100

This is for those days when nothing goes your way.  Usually it starts with something small, like your alarm not going off, waking up late, running out of milk after you’ve poured out cereal or simply missing your bus.  After that, like a series of dominoes, things just keep getting worse and worse.  Sometimes, it feels like all you can do is bury your head in your hands and hope the day hurries up and ends.  I know people say that it’s all in your head and your outlook of the world, but sometimes a good-going set of  grumps can be quite therapeutic!

On a side note, I feel like this might be the closest I’ve ever come to shooting a stock photo, don’t you think?