I bought a Canon Rebel DSLR many years ago with the intent of becoming a photographer. I spent six months posting a photo a day to this blog.
I won’t say every photo was great. Some were over-edited. Others had soft focal points. But over time, I did improve to the point a few photos caught the eye of advertising agencies and individual collectors.
I contracted the rights for one of them, a self-portrait, to an international charitable organization for its website. A doctor purchased a series of four photographs of a barge cutting through the fog rising off the Ohio River at sunrise.
You could say that I was as pleased as punch with myself. Around the same time, I changed jobs, found a new passion in running and generally got distracted by other developments in my life.
I still take many photographs, all on my iPhone, but nothing with the same zeal I did when I first purchased that Rebel.
And here we are today, a year into the COVID-19 pandemic.
I’ve documented the lives of my wife, dog and cat almost daily since working from home beginning March 16, 2020.
And while my iPhone 12 takes excellent pictures, I recently started looking for more challenging creative outlets.
So, with my wife’s blessing, I purchased a new Canon EOS R6 mirrorless camera and lens. The camera isn’t cheap and I’m such a novice using it right now.
But I swear I’m going to use it, hopefully daily and with the mindset that perhaps I can turn photography into a real side hustle.
I just need to figure out what creative goals and projects I plan to pursue. When I do, I’ll be sharing that journey here.
And for the record, the image below is the first picture I took with the new Canon. It is on an icy road in Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio.