I hope to have a collection of photos here eventually, but I don’t really feel like I have a whole lot to share. I like the art of photography quite a lot, but liking it and being good at it are two completely different things.
Since 1999, I’ve been a keeper of reef aquaria. It wasn’t until 2006 that I really wanted to start taking quality photos of the various life that makes up a reef aquarium. (Corals are not plants, although they would appear to fit more snugly into that category. Corals are scientifically considered animals.)
The Earth’s reefs are in danger, and there are many environmental aspects that are to blame for this. Since most corals are easy to propagate, I feel that I’m doing a service. I can sell/trade my propagated corals back to the community (either directly to other hobbyists or to the stores) and avoid harvesting from the ocean. Of course, just myself doing this isn’t really going to help. But over the years, the reef-keeping community has come a long way. We now have better equipment, and mostly, we understand more about how to not only just keep corals alive, but also how to have them thrive in their small, private home.
Back to photography. In 2006, I bought a DSLR camera. It came with a lens that was ok – definitely better than anything I had ever had in the past. But once I realized the many lenses available on the market, I started buying a few. It was then that I realized the full potential of real photos. But I still had a long way to go. Then I had to learn what all of the photography jargon meant and how to apply it to taking photos.
I think I enjoy the technological aspect of photography more than the art itself. I was never good, and never will be good at any form of art. Trust me, I’ve tried. My brain just doesn’t work that way. And I find myself putting my camera down weeks at a time because I get caught up in other issues that happen with life. Then it seems at times that I have to learn everything all over again.
I look at it this way. I own the equipment that I do, and have spent time teaching myself about photography to take better photos. Not to be a photographer. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t like it as much as a photographer would. Perhaps in a few more years, I’ll be able to take some pretty good shots.
Even though these photos aren’t that great from a photography standpoint, they are mine. Please do not use them without my permission.