Heather · Musings

photography

It started with my grandpa. He made a career out of model airplanes and photographs, and he still loves photography.

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So my dad grew up around it. And my dad had this old camera that he got when he graduated high school, I think. But it was a really good camera. When I was young, he sat me down and told me about aperture and shutter speed. I remember it didn’t  make sense at first.

My first camera was film. It wasn’t an expensive camera, and I got it before the fancy digital age. I don’t remember a lot of pictures I took, but there were two that turned out all right: one of the mountains across from my house, and one of a sunset.

I got frustrated with film. It took a long time to get the pictures back, and there seemed to be too many pictures that were just not very good.

Then I asked for a digital camera for Christmas. And got one. My first year of taking photographs was with that camera. I loved hiking, and so I took a ton of photographs while hiking. I took photographs around my yard. I took photographs whenever I could.

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And that small digital camera was not enough. So I went and got a Canon Rebel XTi. My word. My photos got better. Quickly. And I started taking more and more. I learned about aperture and shutter speed again. I started a daily photo blog.

I bought an additional lens, 50 mm, f/1.8, and it opened up my world. The aperture could get so big so that the focus was never narrow. There was clarity I never had before.

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After I got married, I started Edge of Shade. And Edge of Shade had words.

Which leads me to now. And now, the words have almost become more important than the photos. I don’t go hiking as much anymore, so my photo opportunities are limited. My husband uses my camera as much as I do.

Some days, I want to take more photographs. But some days, I want to leave it all behind.

Yet while I don’t take hundred of pictures every week anymore, I still cannot erase the way I see the world: in terms of aperture and shutter speed. It’s a part of me.

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