For the first time in ages, I felt happy coming home with some photos on my memory card, instead of an empty one. At the end of last year, I even wrote a blog post about how I felt almost scared that I’d lose my interest in photography. Knowing myself, that could very well happen — it has been like that with other interests I’ve had. After writing that post, and sort of ‘becoming aware’ of it, I’ve tried to relax and constantly reminding myself of two things:
- It’s not a competition
- I don’t want to become a professional photographer — I want to have fun
The competition issue is important here — that’s what brings me down most of the time. I look at awesome photography in Flickr, for example, and get like «I can never be that good, I might as well just give up!» This has nothing to do with photography … it’s a part of my personality that I’m trying to work with and rethink.
Apparently, I’ve had some success with my «soul searching» — yesterday, I got that feeling back that it was fun again. Maybe the weather contributed. It was one of those perfect Winter days … the way you’d want Winter to be all the time, sunny … a few degrees below freezing … no wind to speak of!
Lily Lake was being prepared for the annual pond hockey, and once again I was lucky enough to get there before the tournament started … while those white lines were still intact. The colours and simplicity is pleasing to me and that’s why I keep shooting that picture every year, I guess.
Even the ducks that are still at the pond, seemed to be cooperating with me. Haven’t practiced shooting birds in flight for some time, and that, I think, is something that really takes practice — lots of it!
Having said all that, I feel quite confident that I’m not going to ‘sell the camera’ any time soon. Especially when I think of all those times in my earlier life when I didn’t have one — all those images are only stored on my mental hard-drive.