The other day I was reading an article in Rangefinder Magazine and it spoke of the beauty of Italy’s Lake Country. It reminded me of the time my wife and I spent there on our honeymoon, which seems a lifetime ago. We enjoyed our time in Italy but like the article spoke of we were taken with the great beauty of Lake Como.Believe it or not the town we stayed in was Bellagio…yes like the hotel in Las Vegas but I think this was probably the original. =)
This all made me dig back in my pictures and truly made me realize how long ago that was especially in my photography life. As I may have mentioned previously I havealways been an artistic type person so through the years I had taken pictures with my old cheapo cameras but all I hoped to capture were things around me and my life. When looking at my old pictures I completely realized how very limited my knowledge of photography really wasback then. I did not know how to properly use my camera and I had almost no knowledge of how to see and best uselight. On top of that I was using myfirst digital camera, an old Nikon Coolpix 950, it shot whopping 2 MPimages.
Could my pictures have been better if I had a better camera? Yes, in one respect but what truly would have made my imagery better back then was if I actually knew what Iwas doing. I would like to think that I had a bit of an artistic eye but I believe many people may have a vision but totruly become a photographer one must also learn and expand their knowledge sothey can achieve and create that vision. Honestly as I took my pictures back then, what I saw was not what I ended up capturing. Today I know so much more, like I said it has been a lifetime. I hope to one day have a chance to go back to Italy as it was there with my little Nikon Coolpix that I believe was the birth of the desire that would one day lead me to where I am now and hope to go. I think maybe next time I go my images will look more like what I envision.
Here are a few more shots from our adventure in Italy; it was so remarkable there not even I could mess up all the pictures.
Santa Margherita, Italy
Cinque Terra, Italy