I picked up my first camera and seriously started taking photographs in 1978 on a family trip across country. Trying to capture something more than simply a scene quickly became the aim of every shot in every national park we visited, though most shots never reached that lofty goal, it became the reason to take pictures.
Over the years with a variety of cameras, I have attempted to place my camera in the right spots at the right times to capture the essence of the moment at hand. It's not easy, but it's rewarding when you occasionally hit the mark. In the end, making a photo that captures what you're after is simply the icing on a delicious cake. The greatest value in this endeavor is the process of learning to see, learning to anticipate, and putting yourself in the way of beauty. I still love the national parks, but I've learned you don't need to go to Yellowstone to get a great photo, you just need to open your eyes to what's all around you where ever you are. It takes practice and that's the joy of photography.
~John T. Meader