Getting Outside

I'm an outdoors kind of guy. When I first picked up an SLR camera I had no idea what I was doing.  At the time I was hiking frequently and thought that if I brought my mom's camera with me on hiking trips that I would be able to take amazing pictures.  Not true at all.  In fact, I really stunk at taking pictures and realized very quickly I needed to spend some serious time learning. I worked on my skills for many years and improved my understanding of the camera and the art gradually working into being a better photographer. Now rather than the adventure calling for a photographer , the photography and the adventure work together to take me outdoors to make great pictures.  

I always like to say that sometimes we have to simply put the camera down and enjoy what it is that's all around us.  Recently REI has led an interesting campaign "#optoutside". They suggested that we put down the interest of buying their products and just simply get outside. The camera and my interest in the art of photography call me away to enjoy the outdoors, clean air, time with family and friends. I love #optoutside.