On Hobbies.

As you might be able to tell, I’ve recently picked up a new hobby.

People that know me will tell you that this is something I do on a fairly regular basis. And it’s true, I find myself drawn to many different things. Sometimes those things turn into serious, long lasting hobbies. Other times my interest fades and I move on to the next.

On the 28th June I received a parcel, containing the latest thing to catch my attention.

Yep, it’s a camera.

It took only four days before more post started arriving, with a steady stream coming in over the next few weeks. As it turns out though, photography gear is pretty expensive. That puts a natural dampener on buying things on a whim. Plenty of time to step back, and determine if I really do need that next piece of gear. In previous hobbies it’s often been a bit too easy to spend a bit too much, a bit too early.

So how am I doing with this hobby so far? Well, we are now at an important milestone. It has been just over a month since that first parcel arrived. Hobbies that keep my interest for this long tend to have a pretty good chance at staying with me for quite some time. Now I know that is saying something about my attention span, but you need to understand. When I get interested in something new I spend all my spare time involving myself in it. It basically becomes a second job. Given I’ve barely scratched the surface a month in, and have no desire to stop, I think it’s safe to start writing about it!

Now, one thing I think that helps is that technically this isn’t a new hobby. I’ve enjoyed taking photos for many years. Mostly just snapshots, things that catch my eye or I’d like to remember. I’ve had a couple of cameras over the years, including a DSLR briefly some time ago, but for the past several I’ve exclusively been using my iPhone. It has served me very well, and I continue to take photos with it daily.

So what has changed to make me so interested in pursuing photography more deeply now? Well that’s easy to answer. There are things, specific things, that I’d like to photograph.

When I previously owned a DSLR I didn’t really have anything in mind that I wanted to take pictures of. As this was before I had a phone capable of taking pictures I ended up using it pretty much just as a point and shoot. I sold it after a while.

But now, as I say, I know what I want to photograph. I keep a number of somewhat exotic pets. A giant snail. A lizard. Several tarantulas. They make for fascinating creatures up close. As do all sorts of other bugs and creepy crawlies.

And so I find myself exploring the word of macro photography.

The second parcel to arrive. It’s barely left my camera since.

I’m pretty pleased with how it’s going. I won’t start talking about the quality of my pictures just yet, I still have a long, long way to go, and much to learn. But I am definitely enjoying myself. It’s also a great excuse to get out in the early mornings and go for long walks in nature. That alone has done wonders to my state of mind.

I’d like to invite you to join me on my journey. I’m posting daily to Instagram, and I intend on writing frequent updates here on this blog. And if you are learning yourself, or even if you’re a seasoned professional, I’d love to hear from you. Your feedback and advice is most welcome.

I’ve got a long road ahead.

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