My First Serious Photograph

 

I did it!

 

Well, let’s start at the beginning. I’ve been photographing since I could pickup a camera. At the age of ten my mom gave me my grandma’s camera. The first pictures I took were around the house using black and white film. My mom became concerned with my future, when at the age of 12 I discovered Star Wars. She thought I was going to become an obsessed fan so she yelled at me and asked what to you what to be when you grow up? I said I wanted to be a photographer. Of course my mother said “and do what take pictures of Star Wars figurines”? That’s my mom. Anyway, it took me a long time, but years later, with the encouragement of my husband (the best man in the world) I began photographing landscapes, flowers, actually anything found in the natural world. But I was frustrated with my work. It wasn’t turning out like I envisioned it, so I went to a workshop in the Smokies. It really didn’t help me at all, so the next year I went to a seminar held by Barb and John Gerlach. They taught how to sell your photographs, but more importantly, they taught us how to improve our photographic eye. I was put on their mailing list and a year later I signed up for their week long workshop held in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. My photographs changed as soon as I started the workshop. They made me see the natural world for the first time. At the end of the workshop they had every attendee show some of their slides (this was just before the big boom of digital cameras). I remembering saying my photographs weren’t very good, then we came to this one. Both Barb and John said they wish their photographs were as bad as this photograph. For the first time I really felt like I made a good photograph. Actually, like in photography, I was lucky. The waves were bashing up against the rocky shoreline and the sun was beginning to set. So just as the waves were coming in and hitting their height, I snapped the photograph. I’m still proud of this photograph even after 11 years.

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