Let me start off by stating the obvious: I am not a professional photographer. I am a very visual person and love to peruse photo collections in whatever form they take- Flickr, websites, books, photo albums. I love the surprise of a good image. But I am not a professional photographer.
I bought my first camera, a lovely Kodak Pocket Instamatic, for something like $28 in about 1976. You wouldn't believe how long I had to save- that was a mountain of money way back then. Photography proved to be an expensive hobby. Not only did you have to buy the film but also the flash cubes- the "Magic Cubes." You got four pictures before you had to yank off that little cube of blasted glass and plug in another. With each snap of the camera the little cube on top would flash and then turn 90 degrees to the next flash bulb, ready to go. I think the magic part was getting the cube off without crushing it to bits or lacerating you hands.
Plus, each camera came with an extender thing-y intended to raise the flash thus eliminating red-eye.
Ah, those were the days. Funky as it was, I was so proud of that thing.
I've forged ahead over the years with a new camera every so often, learning mostly by trial and error, hit and miss. Right now I'm using three cameras: a Canon G3 (an oldie-goldie), a little Canon A410 that I carry in my purse, and an iPhone. I've been trying, really trying, to see from the right side of my brain, to see like a photographer, to see pictures in the world around me.
So I issued myself a challenge- a picture a day for seven days- as a short little exercise in discipline (ha!) and taking the time the time to stop and look around. Some days it was easy, other days, like the days I worked, it took more of an effort. At any rate, here are the results of Photo Challenge #1.
So I did maybe cheat just a bit by using photos to blog with as challenge photos but it's my challenge and I make the rules! Yippee!