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I’m always a bit surprised when I hear folks say something along the lines of, “I’d love to find more time for photography,” like photography is an extracurricular activity for which one must set aside dedicated time.  I hear tales of sad cameras left forgotten in a closet for months on end, and I just can’t comprehend this.

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I’m surprised mostly because I easily forget that photography isn’t the same to everyone.

You see, photography is such an integral part of my life – such a part of me – that I never consciously think about explicitly dedicating time to it.  Sure, I have to find the time for editing, blogging, and sharing, but the actual photography simply comes naturally.  This is why I carry my little commuter camera with me wherever I go, and why my big camera pretty much lives right next the couch, within easy reach for that candid moment.  I’m almost never without a camera.

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Admittedly, the time does come from somewhere.  I’m notorious for taking longer than most on hikes, and a simple foggy morning can make me much later to report into work.  But a few minutes here and there, and I steadily accrue photos without ever “finding time” for it.

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I’m much better at taking pictures than I am in actually processing them.  In fact, there was a time when the endorphin hit from compressing the shutter was enough for me; I didn’t care much about even reviewing what I took.  Months would go by before I’d finally offload a card.  This blog forces me out of that negligence, but I still sometimes find photos I’ve forgotten I took.  It’s like a mini-Christmas every time I insert that SD card!

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Some might say my addiction to photography is an obsession, but I actually consider myself to be fairly well-rounded when it comes to this passion.  Yes, I have a day job, and I do occasionally see my husband and kitties.  But photography also fits into my life quite nicely.  It can actually be a surprisingly social activity, and it encourages me to get out for regular adventures.  It even gets me out in the middle of a blizzard to shoot the pristine beauty of a silent city, and it allows me to forget time, wandering until I realize I’m two miles from home, my fingers are frozen, and I’m famished…. that’s normal, right?

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As opposed to some of my other hobbies, like reading or watching anime, photography pairs well with other activities, and it’s a great conversation-starter.  Many of my friends are photographers, and they all have so many different interests that there’s always something to do – usually involving cameras.

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So, no, I don’t set any time aside for photography.  It’s merely there – a constant companion – and I’m happily along for the ride.

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    1. Thank you, Marcus. That owl was just hanging out in a park downtown! I was so surprised to see him just chilling there. I was sad to not have a longer lens on me, but he let me get pretty close.

  1. i love this! i almost always have my camera with me! i will say, the one thing i wish i made more time for would be my ‘real’ camera (lol my film). i miss taking my film camera off the shelf and sliding in a new roll of film. it’s just so much easier to grab my digital.

    1. I sold my old film camera years ago. I don’t think I’d be as motivated to shoot if I had to worry about film (mostly because I’d always be out of rolls!) 🙂

      1. I’d be curious to see the difference after having shot digital for so long. I bet I could appreciate film a lot more now than I could then.

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