I picked up my DSLR in August of 2009. It was just after Kim and I had returned from our honeymoon and she wanted to make good on a promise – plus I think she was sick of me moaning about how my little Kodak wasn’t quite getting me the shots of PEI that I wanted. Not that I faired badly – a few, like this one, really turned out well.
But I wanted to have the control offered by a DSLR – particularly manual focus. I love my P&S, but the auto-focus literally started to drive me crazy! So, we headed to the camera store and I picked up my Canon Rebel XS complete with an 18-55mm kit lens.
As I learned to use the camera, I had mixed success with my images. More control it turns out, also means more room for error. But it taught me a lot. After a week or two we headed up to Manitoulin Island for a long weekend away with Kim’s family. It was a perfect weekend to put my skills to the test. While I was somewhat happy with many of my images from that weekend, I didn’t really feel they were material for the blog.
At the time I was shooting JPEG only and didn’t have any photo processing software that would help me correct things like a sloped horizon, or adjust tones as well as I would have liked.
Recently however, I went back and looked over some of those images , reprocessed a few of them, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple that I actually quite like. They may not stand out, even amidst my own meager collection, but they represent a unique part of my learning; those early days when I was taking the first steps toward expressing myself more creatively through photography. It’s an ongoing process, but sometimes it’s nice to look back and see not just how I’ve improved, but how, even then, I was learning to see the world in new ways.