Jumping High - 24mm; 1/1000s; f/8; ISO 200
As any parent probably already knows, time flies when you have kids. It still seems like yesterday when I decided to create a blog and share my photographical experiences. I remember that my initial idea was to try to explain all the basic aspects of photography that I have learned, having in mind people that was also just starting in photography. But the problem, I soon realized, was that there are other 21,782,329 web sites out there that cover the same basics as I was considering covering: exposure, rule of thirds, when to use aperture priority, yadda-yadda-yadda… I was not really bringing anything different.
Most of the web sites I visit are blogs of regular folks who also take the time to write down their experiences and share it with the world. There is always something to be learned. Even when I thought I had learned well some aspect of my gear, for example, then I stumble upon somebody's web site and see something new that person has done with it to produce an image totally different and fresh. That is that magical moment when something "Clicks" (no pun intended) in you brain that sparks a new idea for a photo or for a concept that you finally think you have grasped. And most of the blogs have comments enabled or at least a contact me form, so you can always get in touch with the person who wrote the article. This is an invaluable opportunity for a mere "mortal" to interact with some very talented people out there, even when they are miles and miles away.
So I decided to switch "focus" (I can't avoid the photography references) and concentrate more on just sharing what went through my mind when I was making a picture. I like to picture it as a photo walk with a friend and you both share with each other what you are visualizing, the way you are seeing the world, and how you are going to use your gear to turn your vision into an image. This makes writing much more easier and fun for me. And the posts are becoming more frequent.
The other benefit of blogging is that, as time goes by, you can always revisit some past articles, and review how some images were made. Sometimes you learn something new, apply it for a couple of days or weeks, and then move on to the next "big thing".