I am preparing to do a do over. One of those, I wish I could go back to a place and take pictures with the knowledge I have now kind of trips. Back in 2014 I decided I was going to learn how to take photographs and the I really enjoyed the landscape of the UK. I searched around and found a photography course that would allow me to travel and learn to take photographs. The course was in the Lakes District and I was traveling all by myself. Thinking back that was a really big adventure because that was only the second time on an international flight. I planned everything from the plane, train and taxi to reach my destination…all by myself. I did it. I was in the Lakes District on a photographic workshop.
With a group of people I didn’t know in a foreign country all by myself. I did it. Why I wasn’t I more scared I don’t know. I probably should have been. I look back now at the photos and I remember being so intimidated by the other photographers. I didn’t know how to use my manual settings or my filters. The filters were still wrapped in their paper. I did learn and quickly and I was so in awe of the lovely surroundings of the area.
The above tree is one of my favorite photos and I look at it with different eyes than I did back then. I was so critical of myself and my work. So intimidated by the other photographers on the trip and I shouldn’t have been because they were really nice, friendly people. Just editing it for this post I have completely different view than 5 years ago.
I remember the constant rain and clouds and trying to learn how to set up the exposure and find a decent scene. I remember I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing and very happy to be there at the same time. I look back at some of the photos and see the really bad ones and realize with experience that I was learning. I am still learning and have learned to not be so hard on myself. And I was hard on myself and worried. I don’t feel that way anymore. Or to worry about other peoples opinions.
I say all this because most of these photos that I edited for this blog I wouldn’t have thought worthy of showing to the world. These photos came from that trip and sit on a hard drive. Why were they not good enough? This one of the trees is lovely and such a representation of the Lakes District. I am glad I am getting to go back again next year. I am a different person and have more confidence in my photography.
I think that no matter what we do in life we will always have the first big step into the unknown. I took mine in the Lakes District on a photography workshop. I am thankful for the people I met because they made it easy for me to get started. Looking back it was one of the best experiences in my life that has propelled me forward. We all start somewhere.
Next year will be my do better trip. Now that I know better I can do better. I am pretty excited to have the opportunity to go and develop my craft.