Don, Hi. I have always had a camera since I was a teenager. Started off with a Zenith E, a Canon AE-1 and an assortment of basic cameras. I was a bit of a snapper and tried to do (or even over- do) funky stuff; but without knowing the technical stuff necessary to carry it off.
I only became really seriously interested during a trip to New York with my wife. This was April 2011. I had a Panny GF2 with 14mm and 14-42mm lens. I had treated myself for this trip and thought I woulld try capture the hustle and bustle of the city. We were in a hotel near Penn' Station and each day would walk up to Times Square through the crowds on way to work. It's pretty exciting for a non New Yorker......the noise, the energy......intoxicating.
I had not long been diagnosed with Parkinsons and had a tremor in my left hand, enough to unsettle the camera. I had it with the 14mm lens on a neck strap, my right hand on the button. I saw this hoodie guy walking towards us and a waitress on a smoke break was leaning against a door to our right. The cop in me saw the whole thing unfold in slow-mo, the look in her eyes as she saw him, uncertain if he was a goodie or baddie. I just instinctively snapped the scene. The shutter noise was like a clap of thunder to my ears, he must have heard it. But we passed each other without so much as a by your leave. I looked at the screen and was astonished at what I had captured.
I later discovered some street photography threads and silver efex and this is the finished article:Suspicion - Manhattan
by petach123 (Peter Tachauer)
, on Flickr
I was hooked and started snapping at all and sundry. In Manhattan........like shooting fish in a barrel. I am now obsessed...... ran the Gear aquisition race......over edited....shot like a machine gunner in the trenches. But I like to think I have calmed and matured with my camera approach work now.
To offset this obsession, I do night scapes in the city and landscapes etc. Joined a photographic club to attain more technical knowledge and experience. I retired in March this year so I can spend more time with my wife, grandchildren and camera (in that order)
What did I do with the 56 years before I discovered photography?