The Camera Eye

2014 has been a year of accomplishment for me.

Hilton Head Island, SC

I implemented some of the self-improvement ideas I’d found in Gretchen Rubin’s 2009 book, The Happiness Project, and I started to see results: I’m more involved now than I have been in several years in playing live music; I’ve lost 15 of the 20 pounds I’ve been meaning to lose for…oh, a long time; I’ve made a strong effort to reach out and connect more with family and friends; I am working on re-discovering all that my adopted hometown of Nashville, TN has to offer; and I continue to explore various methods of increasing and improving my level of happiness.
Who knew that setting goals and holding yourself accountable for them could actually work? Crazy!

Pall Mall, TN

Now that I’ve made a dent in some of my other areas of need, I’d like to take a(nother) crack at growing my photographic skills. I’ve flirted with photography for many years—admiring the work of others, reading lots of books, taking classes, and even occasionally making what I consider to be a pretty good photo—but I’ve never had a firm enough grasp on the camera or the processing software that I’ve owned for years to make them do what I want them to do, when I want them to do it. In other words, I’ve never put in the 10,000 hours.

Isla Mujeres,
Quintana Roo, Mexico

This blog will be a way for me to set a goal (make, edit, and post AT LEAST 10 photos a month for the next year), hold myself accountable for it, and hopefully grow my technical, compositional, and emotional skills as a photographer. Check back later today for the first photo, taken during a downtown wander on Labor Day.

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