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