I then decided to take my camera out and put it to use. Living in the historic part of town has its perks, and I knew there were lots of things for me to photograph. Putting that camera strap around my neck for the first time, I can only say that it probably compares to a superhero suiting up for the first time. I went and looked in the mirror and said to myself, "Yep, this is it. I'm a photographer now. I don't even need to take any pictures."
After my pep talk in the mirror, I set out to do some snapping. And I must confess this...even though I'm a beginner, there was a little voice in the back of my head saying, psh..you're going to be a natural. Every shot you're about to take is going to be spectacular. I'm not sure there was ever a more wrong assumption. Almost all the shots looked like crap on my camera. I kept thinking to myself that maybe I'm doing something wrong. The only pictures I felt looked good were the close ups of flowers, but I keep shooting.
Coming back home, I felt like the trip was a failure even though it was a lot of fun otherwise. I decided to upload the pictures and see what I could do with them. After editing them, I realized they weren't so bad...at least to my eye. Actually, most of them I loved. It was in that moment I knew that Photoshop Elements was going to be my best friend.
These are some of the shots I captured.
Nothing to write home about, but for me, it was a good first attempt.