If I had one talent that I wish I had, it would be pencil drawing. See, I can't draw a portrait or even a nice landscape. Now, let's say I can color within the lines but I am totally unable to take a pencil and create art with it.
Just a few days ago, I saw on Facebook a realistic drawing. The artist had created an image (a face of an old man to be exact) that looked more realistic than a photo. Just by using a pencil. I think she (he? don't remember) said it took over 200 hours of work. I am in awe. In total awe.
“You don't take a photograph, you make it” - Ansel Adams
DALLAS FOUNTAIN PLACE - [date unknown]
Shot taken between 12.30 am and 1.00 am
So yes, I can't pencil draw. And for a long time I just accepted the fact and moved on with life.
But one day, some 20 plus years ago, I decided to buy a camera (a Canon Rebel i300) and give it a shot (pun intended). I registered myself to the community college next door, took the classes and off I went. That day was probably the best decision I had ever made (beside marrying my better half).
I never intended to ever turn pro. I never picked up that first camera thinking that some day I'll be selling photographs and services for a living. But I strongly believe that everything in life happens for a reason. That day, that decision, did not happen by mistake!
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst" - Henri Cartier Bresson
Today, I know why I bought that camera back then! ... I wish I still had that camera somewhere but I had to sell it to upgrade.
While I still strongly wish I could pencil draw, I no longer have that "frustration" (for lack of a better word) and my camera (now a Sony) fills the gap (see gear info here). My journey as a photographer has just begun. On a technical point of view, while I am happy with my own progress over the last 20 years, I am nowhere near where I want to be and this is so exciting.
I am so thankful to be sharing my journey with you!
TEXAS FARM - January 01, 2021 f/5.6 - 1/125 sec. - ISO 250
SELP PORTRAIT - June 05, 2020 f/7.1 - 1/100 sec. - ISO 100