I'm going to ask you to forgive the random photo postings for the next few months. I am attempting to learn a myriad of buttons/controls on my camera and really, the only way to figure them all out is to push them. Push and click, push and click, turn a control and push another button. SLRs didn't used to be like this; my film camera has a lever to advance the film and the lens has a ring to focus. There's something to be said about simplicity.
What I've discovered about myself (and so much of life is about self-discovery), is that I like using both digital and film. I'm not chained to either. If I had a darkroom, I'd still be taking roll after roll of film but I don't. I'm learning to use what I have, and what I have is a DSLR. I've got that and a desire to learn, and by learn, I mean excel.
I am so tired of being unsure of myself. I tend not to claim authority over much, but there are a lot of things that I do with ease - making pie crust, for example. I made eight balls of pie dough for future crusts in less than an hour Saturday night, then I made a pie. Now making a pie might not sound like much but making a pie and giving it away and making someone else very happy - that's the good life, baby. That's where it's at. I didn't teach myself to bake pie so much as I taught myself to be more generous and to take pleasure in giving. Again, self-discovery. It's never to late to learn about yourself.
I have no doubt that being comfortable with the camera will come in due time. Of course, being who I am, I want to know everything about it NOW. The only thing about digital photography is that it goes hand in hand with digital editing. I favor a light touch - maybe enhancing the contrast a little, a slight vignetting in the corners. It will all come but the learning curve at this stage of the game is very steep.
My brain is pulling out information from the year of photography classes that I took in Santa Fe. F-stops and apertures are twirling in my head along with ISO's. Once in awhile, if I'm lucky, I'll get a photo that is true and good. Here are a few of my favorites so far: