This morning as I looked out my window and saw a beautiful red sunrise I thought about photography and what goes in to making a beautiful picture.
As it has been pointed out to me countless times by people who say that they are just trying to help me, "anyone can take a photograph." I do know that and I see it every day as I watch people bringing out their cell phones to take pictures. However, this does not discourage me from wanting to continue this part of my life.
Anyone can take a photograph. Just pick up your cell phone and 'snap,' you have a photo. However, you also have to ask yourself various questions. I think the biggest one is whether or not you have an 'eye' for photography. Look around at galleries and art shows to observe what professional photographers 'see' when they take a picture. Can you also see this type of image when you are snapping your photos with your cell phone or other device?
Another question would be, how big you can enlarge the photo you just took without it being totally distorted. I took a wonderful photograph of two swans at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco a couple of years ago. It was perfect. However, I had taken it with my cell phone. I had a camera but, being my normal self, I had not brought the battery charger with me on my visit. I had taken so many photos previously that I had drained my battery. I didn't give up and started taking photographs with my cell phone. I was asked at a show recently if I could blow up the photo of the swans in to a larger size. Sadly my answer was 'no.' The largest I had was a 5x7. It would have distorted the picture because of the pixilation. I doubt I could go back to the site and find the swans in the same formation and so it was a picture lost.
When I take my photographs I don't just take one or two. I take lots. The hardest part for me is sorting through hundreds of photos that I have downloaded so that I might find one or two that I feel are worthy of being on my web site and at my shows. I then go through the fun, but tedious job of editing the photos I have chosen.
After taking photographs for a few years now, I am afraid that I am addicted. It is almost impossible for me to go anywhere without looking at things around me to see how they would look hanging on a wall. My mind automatically looks at a tree on the street and frames it. I have kicked myself a number of times for not having my camera with me when I went somewhere. I don't regret it. I love it! This is an addiction I do not mind having.