Learning to Explore with a Grown-Up Camera: a Photo Tour
I wandered out and around Golden Gate Park yesterday. Taking pictures with a real camera rather than my phone has increasingly becoming one of my favorite ways of documenting my experiences. I love the focus I get from it, stopping, stooping, crouching, being.
As I reviewed my photos afterward I was surprised that my favorite images were the ones I took outside the park, in a somewhat scrappier part of town. As a photographer friend has said to me, it's not necessarily beautiful things that make beautiful photos or particularly interesting photos, and he's right. We all see beauty in different things and in different ways.
Here are my faves from my day — none within the park. Interestingly, the set that I chose to include were taken in succession, hence the notable shift in light. I'm still working on my settings (shutter speed, f-stop, ISO), and that's evident especially as I struggled to adjust the settings to reflect the change in light. But these are things you only learn with practice, trial and error, and perspective.
Learning to use a DSLR is teaching me how difficult it is not to know something 100% right off the bat, and that's why this is a good journey for me: to struggle and face imperfection and to use that as a catapult to grow with humility. My imperfections are apparent in these photos, but hopefully my well-intent to capture the interesting is also evident. :-)