When I got my very first 'adult' camera, I was 22 and newly married. I loved all those dials and settings and lenses and...and...and...that's were the love affair ended. I just couldn't wrap my head around apertures, ISOs, focal lengths, DOF, and shutter speeds (still having problems with that one). But I struggled through it.
When my son was born in 1977, I moved from the fully manual Yashica to a Canon Rebel....yippee! no more manual focusing. But between taking care of a baby and working and commuting, the camera stayed on automatic and, over the years, there wasn't really that much time to devote to taking photographs. What I was taking were pictures...pictures of my son doing everything and anything, family get-togethers, holidays, etc.
Fast forward to 2012...I think I'm finally taking photographs. But, I recently reviewed what I'm shooting and I don't think I've found a niche...a subject that I truly love to the point where I want to explore every aspect of the it, know it inside and out and, most importantly, be expert at it. Actually, I'd love to be expert at everything I shoot but that's not going to happen. So, I may not be an expert, but I know what I like...scenery, still life, florals, and macros, playing with depth of field and experimenting with natural light. Don't ask me to take a photo of a person (even if that person is willing to step in front of my lens) or use a flash (I'd rather up my ISO).
So, have you found your niche? Have you found the 'thing' that lights up your passion? I wonder what will happen if and when I find mine. Photokismet maybe?
Some things I liked this past weekend...including the heavy fog...