In the last post, I shared pictures from my Flickr account. The non-Two Black Sheep account. I got that account before Tuck was born hoping that it'd be easier to share the mountains of newborn photos. It worked well for awhile & then Facebook came along. No longer did I have to send the "I put more photos up" email. They popped up when my family members logged on. You can't get easier! I didn't add to it for a couple months. I think I was caught up in everything else life was tossing my way. Then, my hobbies changed. Knitting became a manageable hobby. Something that didn't consume me. I wasn't snatching up every new book or buying yarn because it was a good price. I was knitting because it calmed me. More or less.
Enter the camera.
I wasn't as crazed about the camera as I was about needles & yarn, but I still wanted my camera with me all the time. I started seeing things other than the kids to take pictures of. I started to check the Photography section after the Knitting section when I was as B&N. I became consumed with what my Nikon couldn't do & how I could get a new one. When that happened, I began to take more pictures. With some encouragement from one of my favorite bloggers & Flickr friends, I dove into Flickr. She was right. Join groups. Become inspired by others. And you'll take better pictures. She was right. I can get lost in Flickr streams just like the old days of my Knit Blog love.
The other day I sat down with knitting & a new photography book. SK said, "Make your mind up. You're either a knitter or a photographer." I cringed & quickly fixed his statement. "I'm a knitter. Not a photographer. I just like to take pictures." There's a huge difference. Photographer is someone who clearly knows what they're doing. I really don't have a clue. While I don't use the Automatic mode & I can muster up a good explanation of Aperture & Shutter modes. But I can't tell you how to position subjects towards the best light, bracketing, exposure values, etc. I knew my shortcomings way before I ventured into the Flickr world. That's good to know because it's a lot different from the sweet little Craft Blog-asphere.
I figured I'd share the three things I dislike the most about Flickr in the next couple days. One, it will get me to blog more. Two, maybe I'm not alone. Three, I just need to vent about something. Ava has been really busy these days & I'm usually staring down a highway. I swear that I'm not really bashing Flickr. I love Flickr! It's the characters that lurk. Or maybe it's just a transition from the Knitterly-types to Photo-types.