I have probably bought and sold half a dozen cameras over the years. For some reason, after purchasing a camera, I wouldn't stick with it. I'd play around with it for a couple weeks and then lose interest. Soon after I would sell the camera. About a year and a half ago I purchased a camera determined to stay with the hobby this time.
I believe the primary reason I have been successful this time is the local photographer club. The Cache Valley Photographers Club, a chapter of the Photographers Adventure Club, is the best photographer's club in the world. I may be biased, but from I read about other photo clubs, we're pretty unique. We're a small group, but we have a wide variety of abilities from beginners to pros and skills from great landscape and wildlife photographers to sports to portraits. All are accepted. No drama (OK, maybe something comes up here and there), no judgement, no put downs. We build and encourage each other and truly enjoy each other's company. If I didn't have a weekly meeting and subject to shoot, perhaps my camera would gather dust and sold again. Thank you, CVP!
One of our favorite things to do is "light painting." This entails taking long-exposures and then using various light sources to create unique images. These images with sparks are from burning a piece of steel wool.
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