Updated: Apr 7, 2020
I've always had a love for photography. From my first point-and-shoot digital camera to my SLR to my first Digitial SLR, I've been after memories. Chasing them, wanting to capture them and try to hold on to the past.
But what I've learned after capturing the past so many times? You have to let the future happen, or you'll never have new memories to capture. I continued my photography journey with the opportunity to shoot the FSU home soccer games, and what an opportunity it was! I started with a Nikon D5300 with a simple AF-S 18-55 mm. Here's an example of that from the Texas A&M game on September 4:
Not even 2 months later I still cringe looking at that album. In fact, I wasn't even supposed to be there! I just walked behind the fence and started shooting. I figured, "What better way to expand my portfolio?" But there was a better way: upgrading to a 55-200 mm lens! A peer was selling it for a good price, so I admit, I splurged and bought it. But the rewards met the risks:
See? Better than my first time out, that's for sure! But I knew something wasn't right during the NC State game when a guy came up and said I'm not allowed on the field without a media pass. Damn, I knew it was too good to be true! I guess my sports career is over...unless.... Bingo! Media pass! All I really had to do was say "Pretty please, I'll send you my pictures." So I shot the final regular season game against Boston College...
and the second and third NCAA tournament games over this weekend...
Can you see the vast improvement since that shy photographer hiding behind the fence on September 4?