It was expensive. First you had to pay a couple bucks for the film. Then you had to pay a few bucks to have it developed. Most of the time you got about 3 or 4 pictures that were worth taping to your wall or to the inside of your locker.
Photography has certainly changed, but my success rates with taking pictures hasn't necessarily kept pace. I'm more of a writer than a photographer. I would like to take better pictures and hopefully some day I will have extra time to devote to that pursuit. But for now, the quality of my pictures is pretty much dictated by luck and whatever random acts of kindness mother nature bestows upon me.
Having said that, I'd like to share a few photos that I've taken recently that I am more or less happy with. These are the few that I wouldn't have thrown away if I'd paid for them to be developed.
This first one was taken yesterday evening. Sometimes I take pictures of my garden just so I can refer back to them later on and remember what was in bloom at that time of year. This one will remind me that the container-grown carrots still weren't ready to harvest, that the tulips were still hanging on, and that my four-legged buddy was looking old and sleepy.
I wouldn't be so presumptuous as to title a photo, but if I had to, I might call this "Happily Accidental" because I really thought I had dug up the iris rhizomes and tulip bulbs. Apparently I missed a few. I think I'll just let them stay as long as they insist on making things look good in spite of my efforts to eradicate them.
I find Japanese maples to be impossible to photograph well. If you back up far enough to get the whole tree it seems like you miss some of the finer details that make them so special. But if you get too close and focus on the leaves, you miss the awesome structure of the branches. But the leaves are easier to photograph, especially this time of year, so here are some of my favorites of the moment:
And here are a couple pictures that, when I look at, I find myself saying, "Man, flowers can be really cool."