I’ve been a casual snap shot shooter, off and on, for much of my life with both film and digital cameras. About 4 years ago, I became more “serious” about my photography when I purchased my first digital SLR. At that time, my main objective was to capture high quality images of my family, my rapidly growing children, friends and everyday life. My interest in photography made me the guy who takes those pictures at school, soccer games and various social events. I freely shared these images with family, the school year book and friends.
About a year ago, I started my second phase of my photography when I joined Flickr. Friends at photography events encouraged me to join this onlline photo sharing community. Flickr has been very enjoyable and has kicked my photography interest into a higher gear. Since I didn’t want to post pictures of friends and family, which was my main subjects, I needed to branch out to other types of photography. Austin Texas has a strong community of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photographers–the most famous being Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs. After hearing him speak several times, I was motivated to take landscape and cityscape images. I have subsequently branched out into other subjects and other styles of photography in this year of exploration on Flickr.
The third stage of my photographic journey starts today with the start of this blog and photo gallery. The journey from Flickr to personal blog is a common one in my circle of photography friends–so no new paths are being blazed here. I laugh that I’m just following their footsteps but a year (or more) later with Flickr and now this blog. I have some ideas for this blog that hopefully some of you will find useful and interesting. I feel with Flickr, I’m renting a place. Its a nice place with great people and friends. But I basically park my pictures on someone else’s property. With this blog and photo gallery. I’m building my own place. Its a lot more work with upkeep but it is my own place and I can decorate it that way I like it.
This place is not completely finished. Rooms are being created and furnished. Content will be added but I wanted to put a stake in the ground and claim my piece of internet property.