Thanks to the digital revolution, photography has become
one of the cheapest, easiest and most rewarding hobbies anyone can take
up. I don't know anyone who doesn't enjoy looking at pictures and these days there is no reason why you shouldn't take your own.
Good digital cameras can be had for under a hundred dollars anymore, free digital editing software is available online and if you don't have a photo printer at home (like me), you can have your photos professionally printed out for less than 20 cents a print. Add a 99 cent frame and Boom! Instant artwork.
What to shoot? Anything that interests you. In the digital age, there is no cost to shoot 100 pictures in a row that suck. It's not like in previous days where you had to wait until you got your pictures developed before you knew what you had. By-the-way, I am so old that I remember before there was no such thing as a One Hour Photo lab and you used to drop your pictures off somewhere and come back two or three days later to pick them up!
Here are two pictures that I snapped with my camera phone last Friday. In the first, I was the only car at a traffic light right waiting to turn right into the John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. As you can see, it was raining pretty hard and I liked the way the palm trees lining both sides of the street looked in that weather. So I turned off my windshield wipers for a second and took the picture just as the light turned green. I only had that one chance to get this picture but am happy with the way it came out.
I took the second photo shortly after my arrival Friday back in Seattle. My flight landed in one of the satellite terminals at Sea-Tac airport and in the train on my way back to the main terminal I snapped three or four shots of the tracks through the back window. I like this one the best.
No, they are not great pictures. Neither is going to win an award and I probably will never even think of them again after this post. Just because they are not candidates for a scrapbook or a frame, though, doesn't mean it wasn't fun to see take them and see what they looked like.