Lens-Artists Challenge #133– My Photography Journey

My parents bought me my first camera, a Canon Powershot A500 series, when I was a college student spending a semester in Spain. We paid a ridiculous amount of money for a 512 MB SD card, which helped me take a lot of photos and not worry about film. This was the start of my photography journey! I have no formal training whatsoever, I just like to have fun and record memories.

Next I got a crash course in wildlife photography with a week long trip to Ecuador and the Galápagos. It was a great place to learn because the animals on the islands have no natural predators and will just stand there next to you while you photograph them. During this trip, I started to think more about channeling my grandfather, who was an avid amateur nature photographer.

I really got into photography because I am a scrapbooker. I came back from the week-long Galápagos trip with hundreds of images, which I then made into a beautiful scrapbook.

We were gifted a Canon Powershot SD870 for our wedding, which I used to take pictures on our vacations for many years. Returning to Europe was particularly fun because I could practice what I’d learned since Spain, with slightly nicer equipment.

Starting in 2015, I’ve stopped using digital cameras entirely and just use my phone to take photos. The convenience is worth the relatively low quality (funny considering that my phone has a better camera than that first Powershot did). Since I’m not traveling anywhere at the moment, I’m trying to find inspiration around my home (not hard with two kids to photograph!)

So, here I am, meandering along on my photography journey, learning more from my fellow Lens-Artist participants every week. I have grown a lot as a photographer since that first camera and trip to Spain; someday I hope to find time to make scrapbooks for all these photos I am taking!

Stairs

Here we have both indoor and outdoor stairs in Ireland, both a bit perilous in their own way. We carried our luggage up these stairs when staying in Ballynahinch Castle, but that was nothing compared to walking the stone steps on Skellig Michael in the wind with no handrail.

Street

The streets of Pompeii are a marvel of Roman engineering. In addition to being laid out methodically, they feature sidewalks, embedded reflector stones, and crosswalks.

Salamanca, Spain

I spent a semester in Salamanca during university and a piece of my heart will always remain. A beautiful city, a friendly and fun city, and so full of history. These were my daily sights: the double cathedral, the Plaza Mayor, and my host family’s street in the east part of the old city.

You can find more letter S subjects at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

13 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #133– My Photography Journey

  1. Tina Schell February 1, 2021 / 12:20 pm

    I love that your parents encouraged your journey and what a fun idea to gift you a camera to use on your honeymoon! Phone cameras have come such a long way they really do offer a viable alternative these days Mei Mei. If you’d told me some of your images were made that way I might not have believed you! Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

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    • Mei-Mei February 7, 2021 / 10:38 pm

      My mom was a professional photojournalist and my dad’s dad was the nature photographer, so I get it from both sides haha. The camera was a brilliant gift, so useful.

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  2. Jennifer February 1, 2021 / 12:53 pm

    Do you do a photo a day project? I started one on a whim in college once, and now it’s been almost 8 years of daily photos. I had no aspirations to become A Photographer, but I occasionally am lol. It’s amazing what simple consistent practice will do! Love the lens challenges to focus (ha!) your skills in a certain way to get creative. Thanks for sharing your journey 😊

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    • Mei-Mei February 7, 2021 / 10:36 pm

      That is awesome! I’ve never done a photo a day project but it sounds like a really cool idea. Practice is really the key to any skill like that.

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  3. Amy February 1, 2021 / 1:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing your journey, Mei-Mei. I carried Canon Powershot for years when we traveled. I simply wanted to record memories. Like you, I now enjoy my iPhone 11. I love the images you took with your smart phone.
    You made a correct link to my post, it hasn’t appeared there yet. But I’m so glad I found you through WP Reader.

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    • Mei-Mei February 7, 2021 / 10:34 pm

      Links have been kinda wonky recently, huh? Glad you found it through the reader. I loved both the Canon Powershots I had. My husband convinced me to switch to using my phone when I saw the quality of his photos on one vacation (we have always had the same phones lol).

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  4. SoyBend February 1, 2021 / 8:12 pm

    I liked your maple leaf shot. Cameras on a phone work great!

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    • Mei-Mei February 7, 2021 / 10:29 pm

      Yes, tortoise! One of the famous Galápagos tortoises, whose different shells from island to island showcase Darwin’s theory of natural selection as the mechanism for evolution.

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  5. Prior... February 3, 2021 / 1:55 am

    being a scrap booker could really launch the photo journey
    and it is crazy cool how smart phones(esp apple) have these amazing cameras
    and these little computers we keep in out pockets

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