hmmm maybe not. 19 notes sounds like hard work ha
The photo on this pillow is of Burnt Lake in the Mount Hood National Forest. My husband and I packed a tripod and my brand new Nikon D7000 up a 1,270 foot elevation gain in 2012 so I could capture this photo. I was so excited because I had spent weeks reading about my new camera and learning all of the ins and outs of using aperture priority mode to take neat photos of moving water. It was my first time using a camera of this caliber and I couldn’t believe the detail I was picking up with my new lens.
I have hiked nearly every weekend for the past three plus years since I moved here to Oregon. I have spent hours poring over books and articles on how to use all of the tools my camera offers. I have also spent a lot of time learning Aperture, PhotoShop, and Lightroom. I have been sharing all of my adventures on my little Tumblr blog because adventures are more fun when you have people to share them with. When I started out, being a source for original photography on Tumblr wasn’t very common. I had a really slow start and its taken a lot of time to get all of my amazing followers. I really adore all of them them. They are so supportive and their comments are really encouraging. I have gained a lot of inspiration from the many original photographers out there.
Before I came to here and started this hiking and photography project I was recovering from a very deep depression that I nearly lost my life over. My photography has helped me through illness, the death of my mother last year, and several other very difficult tragedies. It has helped me regain my physical and mental wellbeing.
My advice is to find your passion. Working really hard at something helps you appreciate things more. It made me a better person. Yes, I am not a huge success with 19 likes on my little pillow photo but when I look at it I feel a huge sense of accomplishment. It means so much more to me then just a pretty photograph. It is reminds me that I have survived, accomplished, and persevered.
Your blog is called “Stare and Stand In Awe” and it is very beautiful. Every stunning photograph you reblog was taken by someone who did just that. Each photograph is someone’s personal experience. Building your own personal experiences is the greatest gift you can give to yourself. Take care and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. :)