A meadow in Yosemite
It’s hard to believe that nearly the whole month has slipped by without posting. I promised myself I’d keep up with this blog, and was doing fairly well until starting a business took over my life. Tonight, for the first time in weeks, I carved out an hour to go over my pictures from Yosemite. I’ve already got another camping trip planned (Mammoth), and I haven’t even begun to really sort out the pictures from Yosemite.
The lessons I’ve learned thus far from trying to get this photography thing going:
1. It’s hard. That has by no means left me with any regrets. I expected it to be hard, and don’t think yet that I’ve even begun to feel the weight of the real challenge ahead. But I believe that there is room in all the noise of photographic static that digital age has created for a clear voice. And I believe I have that clear voice to offer.
2. It’s time consuming. I work all day, and the room I so looked forward to creating for myself…that quiet place without disruptions…has become a dungeon, and I am it’s sole prisoner most of the day. My arms tied to my editing pen and keyboard, at least 2 monitors lighting me as I check emails, research photo techniques and opportunities, edit pictures, respond to various inquiries, submit photos to various sites, and wonder why things are moving so slowly when I am exerting so much effort. Sisyphus comes to mind, but in the end, I remind myself, Camus made him a sort of hero. Work on!
3. I don’t miss what I used to do. I look forward each day to what I currently do. I just wish there was a quicker way to make a living doing what I now do.
4. God has a voice that cannot be heard with the ears, but can only be heard through His actions. Again and again, I have prayed, and those prayers have been answered almost as soon as my eyes open the next morning. I know the research on prayer, and I know that many people believe we speak to a long-dead void and an absent messiah when those prayers are uttered. But all I know is that I’ve had prayers heard and fulfilled.
5. Feedback is best when it’s honest and when it comes. Your feedback on the above photo will make me make a better picture next time I go out, so please, let me know what you think.