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It seems like everyone is starting a weblog these days. I’m not sure anyone will find this site useful except me, but I’m going to try this at least for awhile. My goals initially are two-fold.

First, I’m hoping to use the site as a way to help spur on my growing interest in photography. The photography bug started to get ahold of me when I bought my first digital camera. It was a Sony Mavica that recorded 1024×768 pixel images onto a removable 3 1/4 inch floppy drive. I later went through a Sony Cyber-shot that recorded 3 megapixel images. After that camera was dropped into a river during a canoe trip, we bought a Fujifilm S5000 which worked fine enough. But photography really got into my blood when I finally bought a digital SLR – the Canon Digital Rebel XT. After a year and a half, I find myself still struggling to use the camera as well as I could. I feel a bit like a rookie quarterback in the NFL. I know most of the basic techniques, but I struggle to execute them well. I need to get to the point where I can shoot without having to think. Exposure, composition, focus, and all the rest need to come naturally. I want to see a picture in my mind, take the shot with the camera, and have a high degree of confidence that I’m going to like the result. I’m not there yet. So, I’m going to try to use this weblog as a forum for posting pictures of the day. Hopefully, this will encourage me to shoot more – and share more (I’m not always very good about that part either).

Second, although I don’t know how comfortable I am about exposing ever personal thought I have for public inspection, I thought it might be fun to capture some of my thoughts for later reflection. I have never been a journal keeper, but I do enjoy the ability to reminisce from time to time. Unfortunately, my memory isn’t as good as I’d like it to be and so I find myself wondering from time to time what my thoughts and ideas were at prior times. If I record them here, hopefully that won’t be a problem.

At any rate, if you’re reading this weblog, I hope you find the contents not too terribly boring and ask your forgiveness for any times when I get too full of myself. And I’ll try to keep future entries shorter than this.

Mike

Written by mdoel

September 6, 2006 at 6:45 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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