Taking pictures has always brought me great joy. For as long as I can remember I have had a love affair with various camera’s that have allowed me to capture a moment in time with just a quick push of a button. When I was around 9 I ordered a “mini-spy camera” from the back of a comic book for something like $6, which was a chunk of change back then. I got it in the mail just a few days before we were going on a class field trip to Harper’s Ferry, in West By God Virginia so I was so excited to be able to take it along and show it off to all three of the 4th grade classes that were all going by school buses to this wonderful place that is so rich with history before, during and after the Civil War.
I did get a lot of attention from the other kids, I was snapping away at all the interesting points of interest as well as many shots of my class mates in various settings along the way. It was one of the best field trips that I can remember going on. I was so excited to take that little piece of crap “mini-spy camera” down to the local photo store to have the pictures developed and was devastated when I went to pick them up only to find that only 2 of all of the pictures that I took came out. I still have those 2 pictures in a scrapbook somewhere, they always leave a bad taste in my mouth when I run across them or think of that camera and/or that field trip.
As much as I love taking pictures there are some really great photographers in the Raleigh NC area that I check their website(s) every so often and just kick back and enjoy their ever growing portfolio(s) that they have put together for folks online that are looking for photographers in their area. I actually have about a dozen websites of photographers and photo blogs that I have bookmarked that are constantly adding new and unique photos from all over the world. It’s a great way to spend an hour or two online if you are like me and appreciate quality photos that are available to us for absolutely free.