Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.
— Anton Chekhow
When I went golfing with Wei, he usually took 4 or 5 practice swings before each shot, and I took 0. My reasons were: (1) he had used up more than his allowed-practice-time plus mine; I had to speed up. (2) I need save energy (3) it was frustrating that, quite often, my practice swing turned out to be much better than the real one.
Of course, photographing is different (I think ;-). I have heard several photographers say “practice, practice, practice” as if they knew my bad habit of not practicing. Now that the weather was getting warmer, I decided to go out practicing shooting because I wanted to be able to say, “I did practice.” 😉
All photos posted today are the results from our recent practice run at Silver Lake and Oxbow Park.
At Silver Lake, we met a photographer T. While introducing myself, I said, “I am a beginning photographer.”
Wei said, “She always says she is a beginner!”
Later, at home, Wei said to me: “I don’t like hearing you say you are a beginner. You are NOT.”
Hmm… had my privilege of being a beginner been expired? Since when? Where is the line between a beginner and not-a-beginner?
“What’s the qualification for being a beginner?’ I carefully asked.
Wei didn’t respond, so I continued. “I consider myself a beginner because there are so many photographing things that I don’t know.”
“No one knows everything, not even a professional photographer,” Wei said.
“I would feel more comfortable saying I am not a beginner if every time I shoot, I am confident that at least 50% of my photos would turn out good.”
“No one has that kind of confidence,” he said, sighed, and then continued, “You always look down on yourself and I hate that.”
Wait a second, if I look down on myself, can I be this happy? And I like some of my photos!
But he must have a reason for saying what he said (maybe)… So, I did some serious thinking that night. I think I like being a beginner because I’m comfortable of being one. Being a beginner makes me feel freer. It’s less stress, and no responsibility. I want to keep learning and that’s the only important thing for me at this moment.
Hmm… should I start calling myself an advanced beginner to make both Wei and I happy? 😉
(Pictures of eagle and owl were taken at Oxbow Park Zoo. They were inside of a wired space. I learned that if they are far away from the wire, it is possible to make the wire disappear from the photo. I didn’t do any post-processing work to remove the wire. In fact you still can see a light trace of the wire here and there.)
(This last photo… the eagle was too close to the wire so the wire was more obvious. I kind of like seeing the wires in this photo though. I thought it goes well with this eagle’s sad and angry and hopeless expression. Don’t you think so?)
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