Restoring my passion to photography

For a long time I tried to find spectacular things and moments. Lately I realised, that I’ll never make good enough photos this way only if I’m at some place exceptional. So I decided to go with a new approach: imagine and then find.

A long time ago, when I was about six years old, I loved taking pictures of many-many things I’ve came across with - mostly nature. Of course, I had a small, film camera, with fixed, 35 mm lens, so the pictures were… well, they were not really good.

Years later I received a 35-70mm zoom Carena, film of course - it was my mother’s, and I got it after my parents bought themselves a film Nikon SLR. I used it for a long time, made some good pictures with it, but I didn’t used it consciously. Just in point-and-shoot mode. It was a good one, until it had a dive in the river Rába. After that, photography went standby in my life, for long time.

A change came in 2004, when I went skiing with my friends. I borrowed a small, 3MP digital, and I saw one of the most beautiful frozen landscape ever, and the inner need for taking photos hit me once again. I decided to take a photography course, to learn the technical details - and I started learning on a Contax RTS.

In a while I turned my interest towards the digital world, mostly because the slow feedback. I couldn’t afford a DSLR in 2006, so I bought myself a Fuji S5500. (I still regret I sold that machine, I probably made some of my best pictures with it.) I was still taking photos with it the same way as to film: meter, calculate, decide what I want on the picture, and only shoot when everything is in place and when the view definitely worth it. After a time I started to feel the need for something faster and to be honest: I never liked the electronic view.

I got my DSLR body as a birthday present from my family - Nikon D80. I was in love with that machine, and I’m still, but at about a month ago I realized I nearly put photography to standby once again.

I wanted to evolve, to learn as much as I can, so I went to take photos on parties, shows, events, and nevertheless ‘hunting’ the pictures. I was watching around, to see something marvellous, something exceptional to capture. As time was passing I felt I’m doing something wrong. That I don’t see things more, nothing interesting comes, and going to event photography made me feel a bit sick, that it’s totally worthless.

Some people dreams pictures, and makes a nearly ordinary shoot, sit down in front of Photoshop, makes the magic, and create something remarkable. This is art, but I think is nearly as far from photography as painting.

For a long time I tried to find spectacular things and moments. Lately I realised, that I’ll never good enough photos this way only if I’m at some place exceptional. So I decided to go with a new approach: imagine and then find.

Imagine something, then get your photo bag and go on a trip, search for your imagination, it will be out there somewhere, just just need to look deep enough.