Monday, January 5

Why the blog?

Halfway through 2008, I bought a road bike. It wasn't the lightest or the fastest, but it was expensive enough. I thought I'd use it for leisurely rides on weekends, maybe bike to and from work, conserve gas and save money and exercise all at the same time. It was a good idea, but not one I implemented well -- so far I've ridden the bike maybe ten times.

At the end of 2008, I purchased a top of the line DSLR. The photo bug had hit late, but it hit hard. Then I was given a new digital point and shoot camera. This was an opportunity to master the medium and flex my inner artist. It was also an opportunity for my excitement to go down in flares of inertia, impatience, and frustration, leaving my new gadgets collecting dust on a shelf. That's not supposed to happen. It can't happen. That's where this blog comes in.

These pages will record my year as seen through my photos. Most will be taken that day and serve as a symbol of where I've been, what I've been thinking, or which photographic technique I've been practicing. If the shutterbug lies dormant, the photo will be old but fit the same criteria. All the photos will either be taken by me or feature me in some way. 365 posts later, voila! I'll end 2009 with greater photographic skill, the satisfaction of a good investment, and an engaging record of what I'm sure will be an excellent year.


  1. Cool did you get the D90?

    We just got a new Lumix FX37 point and shoot as well (after extensive extensive research, but I imagine you would have guessed that). And love that since its tiny and can carry it everywhere. Got some great random video of my grandmother today.

  2. Yup! The D90 and a 50 mm f/1.8 lens to go with it. The lens came today. Hopefully the camera will arrive this week. Can't wait!

  3. wow, no zoom lens. that's very disciplined of you. that's what all the traditional photo classes tell you to do when you're getting started, but these days most people go straight to the zoom

  4. Hahaha. It's not for the challenge -- it's because I'm cheap!