The Bad Attempts You Didn’t See

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Yesterday, I showed you some of my favorite pictures I’ve taken.

There are literally only a handful of pictures that I like and it was for 30 minutes I dug through my hard drive of maybe 1000+ photos to find those few.

Most of my pictures are not great.

If I randomly select without looking, the chances of picking a bad photo are extremely high. In less than a minute, I found these four:


The first one is washed out, the second and third ones are blurry and the 4th, for some reason we are looking at the back of a frog.

Frankly, I’m not even sure why I still have all these bad photos on my hard drive.

I remember fiddling with my camera when I first got it and not knowing which buttons were which. I had read somewhere online that DSLR’s were harder to learn than point and shoot but I still figured I’d give it go.

During the first hour I used my camera, I couldn’t get the settings right and nearly every photo I shot was black.

10,000 hours

A few years ago,  I was curious how long it would take me to get good at a specific skill,  so I googled it and came across a site that said it takes about 10,000 hours to become an expert at any one thing.

It brought into perspective the magnitude of effort that needs to be put forth into learning.

For photography that probably means I have about 9,900 hours to go to become an “expert”.


But don’t let it stop you.

Christine Bradstreet recently said,

“If you are letting perfection stop you from taking risks and trying new things, you are missing out on the richness of life!”


Recently, as promised, I recorded a podcast episode, without a script.  My immediate thought after I tried it the new way was,

“Welp… that was a mistake, back to the script!”


But, I convinced myself to try it again because it wasn’t a mistake, it was just the start of learning something new and I have to keep at it if I want to achieve the results I am looking for.

The good thing is it won’t take all 10,000 hours to see an improvement. I can shoot for that within my next try.

Thank you for reading ❤













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