Confessions of a Camera Addict

     This is a long overdue post  which has been sleeping in my drafts for more than a month now. As I type I still am having second thoughts as to whether to go on with this entry or simply hit close and forget all about it. My journey through that thing called photography is yet to commence. For the past two years I have been using a point and shoot camera to capture images and simply been relying on the tips I get from looking at the images taken by my pro friends. I must admit it is addicting though I still have so much to learn...still just a trying hard hobbyist.  I have this "itch to click" that even in my slumber I am holding a cam. The passion started when I met friends on line  who had photo-blogs.

self-photography sometime in 2010

     Back then I simply used images I found on Google to embellish my published thoughts. I considered even a point and shoot camera as a luxury and relied on my low end cellphone's lens to take images. 


     When I still had no cellphone with a camera I used to borrow my hubby's phone and then edited my poor shots using a variety of photo editing software. Then a cousin generously gave me her old digital camera which totally rocked my world. At first I was obsessed with taking photos of myself, setting up the cam's timer while keeping it still on an old tripod I found somewhere in our old closets then rushing to take a pose always laughing at myself in the process for the craziness.

my old sony cyber-shot barely 4.1 mega pixels DSC-P73 a hand me down toy from a sweet cousin

     ...and then I gradually got tired of merely capturing myself and realized the real beauty of it all is staying behind the cam and capturing God's wonderful creation as inspired by friends' Joys of Simple Life,
Sweet Memoirs and Refuge Online and being able to help build and sustain other people's dreams through blogging for a cause like what we do at our group blog The Salitype Society where you could also be inspired to sponsor a child's education.


     ...and so I spread my wings photography wise...finally got to convince myself to buy my first DSLR after what seemed like an endless debate with myself because I felt guilty buying a thing which I merely wanted but not truly needed when so many people can't even manage to eat three meals a day...in the end rationalization and that phrase that states we need to also love ourselves took over my frugality and I purchased the cheapest model I saw and moving fast forward I found myself joining  the 5th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk  which I learned of through browsing the photos of a fellow photo enthusiasts friend on a social networking site.

It was so exciting to meet professional photographers in our locality and to be watching them do what they do best. As for me, having the chance to capture images of ships in the area was already enough to scratch the itch.



 




    

 ...oh and watching fellow addicts to their magical tricks :)













     I just kept shooting here and there enjoying the awesome feeling of playing with a toy for big kids.














then I saw him....sitting in a corner of the pier, with clasped hands...no shoes or even slippers pensively looking out into the ocean teaching me a lesson not often taught in the classroom...I took a hurried snap and walked on...perhaps I should not have just walked on but sat beside him AND FOR A MOMENT OR TWO I COULD HAVE MADE HIM SMILE....I know though that there are so many others who share his plight out there whose stories I could listen to and perhaps merely that could make a difference....



After the walk a sumptuous free meal from the most generous of sponsors waited for us and that totally convinced me to join again next year :)



with photo-walking buddy Junaz who makes me feel young at heart :)
with a former college school paper buddy, now a professional landscape photographer whose name
appears in the magazine below...super proud of you bro!

Dr. Rey Espinueva our awesome photowalk leader in action 

thank you for allowing me to grab this photo pretty Lynnette :)

It is always my happiness to meet new friends especially those who share the same passion mmm errrr addiction. Thank you so much for the experience. 

You could learn more about the Scott Kelby photowalk as well as support Marco, the winner of our walk to make it to the people's choice award at the Scott Kelby worldwide photowalk here...the page is heavenly for photo lovers (I know you all are) like me as there are so many awesome shots to inspire us there. I wish you could organize your walks too on your side of the world next year....



"At the end of the day, what matters is we have LOVE inside our hearts and the capacity to SHARE what we have."


 :)thank you so much for your time :)


27 comments

  1. Your photos are just like of a pro! I love taking photos as well, don't have the artistic ability but I try lol. Photography is one recreational activity that is relaxing, addicting, and very self fulfilling.

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  2. Your photos are beautiful. Even pros keep learning and experimenting. As long as you have the desire, you will do well. I look forward to seeing more pictures from your part of the world.

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  3. You have skills dear. Me and my hubby are hobbyists too. We also like Scott Kelby and his works. We collect his books as well.
    Job well done on the photos you have here. Keep it up.

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  4. Excellent shots. Amateur ka lang ba, mukhang pro ang mga kuha mo..

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  5. Great and beautiful photographs! You have a hand and an eye for photography! Keep pressing the shutter! :)

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  6. nice, more photographers and thanks for sharing this scenes it is super nice

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  7. Thanks for sharing all these lovely photographs, Dokie. You have the passion and I am sure you'll do so much better in no time. Keep taking those beautiful snaps!

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  8. You're good at it, as you said if you love it and that's matter most.

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  9. so glad you are enjoying photography Zen, it is very relaxing, love your photos, my most favorite is that of that man since it hauntingly tells a story so moving, and you are very good at it because your heart deeply listens to others, keep on shooting Zen and inspire :)

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  10. awwwww....great photos...thanks for sharing! I'm a camera addict too!

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  11. wow! :) the art of capture. beautiful.

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  12. who's that uber-beautiful girl on the first photo? i loooooooooooove yeeeeeeeeew, kulasaaaaaaaaaa!!!

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  13. Those are fantastic amazing shots, I always love to take some pictures but my point and shoot camera is not working good at all and I am saving for a DSLR but geez really it is very expensive, sigh... But because of you and these pictures I am inspired to once again save for a DSLR.

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  14. I failed to join the Photowalk recently in Davao, next time id try to be part of it. Thanks for sharing sis.

    Anna

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  15. i also have this passion in photography, i have some collections in my files too, someday oneday i'm going to show it to the world and oneday too, im going to take that photography course, i've been dreaming on :)

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  16. You are good in photography ... an amazing talent ... keep it up :-)

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  17. That was a wonderful walk through your photography history. I had the same struggle as you about buying my first DSLR, then a super buy came up on ebay a few months ago and I took the plunge. Photography is a wonderful way to capture, share, inspire and encourage.

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  18. So true! Its addictive and its good to pamper ourselves a lil bit. I had the same thought when I thought of buying a DSLR. I never owned a cam before, I always borrowed from my friends. But I never regretted the decision... :)

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  19. All your photos are gorgeous, Zen, including the point and shoot camera.
    I only have a point and shoot camera, but I love it as it allows me to carry it with me all the time. Great weekend to you!

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  20. Camera can sometimes very addictive. I have my first camera when I was in college. By that time wala pang digicam puro film pa lang but I really enjoyed it.

    Now that I am blogging, I've been dreaming to own a DSLR camera as well for the reason that I want to share great photos to my readers and capture great moments with family and friends.

    Congratulations on your DSLR cam sis and may you continue to share beautiful photos with us.

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  21. Photography surely is very addictive once you start!! I took photos with my Sony Ericsson mobile until I recently purchased a Nikon Camera. Your photography is very good and when coupled with your narration its amazing.
    Have a lovely weekend Kulasa :)

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  22. I am a picture lover ;)... I love all your shots...specially the coconut pictures

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  23. i love all your pictures, great shots and very detailed! like you, i love taking pictures, i've been using my kodak p&s camera until hubby gave me his old nikon d70 more than 3 years ago then i am using d90 now but still i use it as p&s, maybe next time i can try to learn even the basics of it. glad to know that you have a group of photo addicts that you can always learn to, its important always to have a support group. enjoy and cheers for more awesome shots! :)

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  24. beautiful shots.. I'm also a camera addict, i always have my p/s cam with me all the time as in all the time lol. i have a dslr cam too but naku i rare use it na tsk. tsk.. sinawaan ako kasi ang bigat dalin lol ..

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  25. these are great shots! i believe u did an awesome job with your point and shoot camera. i remember i used to start with a kodak 4mp camera. i had a great time playing with it and had some wonderful shots. i think its the person behind the camera does the trick on how he/she looks at her subject.

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  26. keep on clicking! at first i thought i have not commented in this post before then i saw my previous comment. can i repeat, i loooooooooove youuuuuuuu kulasaaaaaa!!! sooooo pretty!

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