The thrill of photography
I rediscovered photography when I was a portrait photographer's subject for a magazine (nothing fancy) three and a half years ago. Soon after, I had my first DSLR and studio strobes.
My main passion is portrait photography, both mastering the technique of lighting and composition, but even more important the contact with the model - how do I make the model relax in front of the camera, how do I guide the poses, what do we discuss to light the light in their eyes.
The power you hold as the photographer on one hand and the way you are at the model's mercy on the other fascinates me, because the whole balance is so delicate and the results depend on the photographers ability to strike that balance.
Furthermore it gives me the opportunity to meet and interact with people I would otherwise never have met, like these two:
Same thing as always - recording the amazing things I see. From abstracts, to interesting or amusing scenes, to friends & family to things like this (my first time shooting ski jumping this past weekend):
Gallery at http://kingofthebeasts.smugmug.com
Getting used to carrying a real camera again, after a long hiatus. Learning to handle a DSLR for the first time, and converting what I know about exposure from shooting film with an all manual SLR for 25+ years to the new technology. Building a new stable of lenses and learning to understand each one intimately.
And, of course, trying to make interesting images of the weird and cool and beautiful things I see in the world around me. That will never change.
For me it is best summed up in the words of a friend of mine, Jay Maisel, the renown master of color photography. He said something to this effect: As a photographer I like to make photographs of things that people might have walked by an not seen. You can see some of his work here.
The Real Business of Photography
The Photographers Guide to Negotiating
Selling Your Photography
Buying new lenses that my wife doesn't know about.
The sheer liberation that modern cameras can afford; those of us that once knew ISO 400 as "fast" will know what I mean.
The impossible has become possible http://www.flickr.com/photos/95540165@N08/12465032373/