So here’s the thing …

Selfie

I’m hoping to use this blog to document some of the things I do right and wrong as a photographer.  First, and probably most important, I’m not a photographer — I like taking pictures, and I’m trying to get better at it.  As I move through the world, I see some things as “pictures” — something in the light, or the colours, or the content, or the contrast makes me see some portion of the world around me as distinct from the rest — framed & frozen into a thing like a photograph.  I’d like to learn to take that photograph, at least more often than not.

Travel photography ups the ante considerably.  There’s a pretty extensive list of places I’m not going to get to twice (or once, even), so when I go somewhere I’d like to be able to get good pictures of the trip.

Sometimes I wind up with this:

Kowloon Park in Tsim Sha Tsui

Kowloon Park in Tsim Sha Tsui

Nice, eh? —  makes me happy. Sometimes this:

Ok, it's not much of a photo, but it would be better without the great honkin' hair inside my lens.

Somewhere in the Barri Gòtic, Barcelona

Ok, so it’s not much of a photo, but it would be better without the honkin’ great hair inside my lens. So that’s a thing I’ve learned — zooms suck up dirt, and on the road it’s almost impossible to get it out.

Oh yeah, and if getting somewhere involves a lot of water,

View from Mt. Warburton Pike

View from Mt. Warburton Pike

chances are some of it will get on your lens. Carry a lens pen. Use it.

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