Circa 2012 I finished school for a career that I had little interest in. 2 years later I decided I wanted to do something else. Photography had always looked fun. I bought my first camera in May of 2014 (Nikon D5200) and immediately started shooting everything I could. Eventually I went to the track.
This was the first "keeper" I ever shot. I've been around drifting since I was about 14. I liked to drive and enjoyed that aspect of it. Photography offered an alternate experience that was almost as satisfying as being out on the track. I was hooked.
Eventually I sold all of my Nikon gear and switched to Canon. I bought a Canon 1d mkii n, then a 1ds mkii. Armed with both camera bodies and every lens I thought was necessary for any situation I headed up to Big Sur, Ca with my dog Taro to hang out for a couple days.
I felt that I was getting the hang of taking landscape pictures. They are a bit challenging for me. After a couple of days I headed up to San Francisco. The plan was to stay there for a few more days. Explore, take pics, eat, etc. Well.. the first night that I was there my car got broken into and all of my equipment and clothes got stolen. What a slap to the face.
It was then that i decided that I'd like to pursue photography a bit more seriously. What a scary thought. Anyone can take a picture, but to go the next step have something special to offer.. that's something else.
Since then I've been shooting with a more modest camera bag then I had before. Doing more with less, or trying to at least. I started taking more trips up to the mountains and places I thought are pleasant. I can attribute the increased sense of adventure that I acquired to photography. You have to live a somewhat interesting life to take cool pictures.
I try to make it a point to leave and do something fun at least once a week. It's for me mentally as well as providing an opportunity to take an interesting photo. I try to shoot as much as I can without making it seem like a chore. I still want to enjoy it and if it seems like a job I'm afraid that it may lose it's magic. I never want to lose my love and passion for photography. .
It's cool being able to appreciate specific moments and perspectives. Seeing something with your own eyes is very special and could never be replaced. Being able to hold onto those moments and enjoy them in person is something I try to do whenever I travel somewhere. It's important to not forget to live in the moment.
Photography is fun because I can pinpoint my perspective and taste. I've been able to document who I am and note how I have changed. I'm a totally different person from a year ago. I'm happy with where I'm going. I know it's going to take a lot of work to get to where I want to be. This is just the beginning and I'm buckled in for the journey. Cheers!