This photo is from a notable moment in my photography career. A salient part of what lured me to photography is the ability to use a camera to create and capture so many different types of moments and experiences. As an information collector, I tend to engulf myself in reading and watching information on topics that interest me. I was fascinated by the idea of astrophotography and the concept of manipulating camera settings to be able to capture the night sky. After a long adventure of trying to scout the perfect location, my good friend Amy and I ended up in Echo Lake Park near Mount Evans in Colorado. After quickly setting up our tents and scarfing down a chicken salad sandwich, we headed up to the lake to prepare for what would be an epic night.
I confessed to Amy that I really had no idea what I was doing and pleaded for her patience while I figured it out as the sun began to set. There was a man with a camera set up with kind eyes and as we got to talking I learned he was quite experienced in astrophotography. He was eager to teach so I listened intently as he explained what settings to manipulate and how to optimize my shots. After a long, chilly night, of shooting and laughing, I couldn't have been happier with the result of my first shot of the night sky. I fell in love with what my camera was able to do, and slept soundly in my tent knowing I had a long journey of learning ahead of me.