As a young boy, I carried my father's camera bag & quietly watched as he took hundreds of photos of birdlife in the Everglades & in the Florida Keys. He bought me my first camera--a Polaroid-- & I loved not only taking the photo but watching as it developed right there in my hand. My Dad taught me a lot about photography, & a lot about life, too. Even though I miss him, he's always with me when I click the shutter.
As a fly-fishing guide for more than 20 years, I am out on the h20 a few hundred days a year chasing some of the greatest saltwater gamefish around. I get a chance to see the beauty of sunrise on flat calm mornings & people's faces as they catch a fish they have dreamed about for years. In that time, I have carried my camera along with me almost every day, and it still brings me so much joy each time I am able to capture & share that special image. (It's almost as much fun as catching fish).
I've also been lucky enough to spend some quality time with a few photographers I consider to be the best in the business who generously offered guidance & shared some trade secrets. Hopefully it's amounted to me taking a better picture, though I guess that's not really for me to decide. I'll just keep taking pictures because it is a passion I can't ignore.