With this photo and these words, I have now created 101 blog posts this year...the same number of days that have passed in 2015. I thought I should celebrate this milestone with a little bit of heaven.
I shot this landscape on film when I was probably around 18 or 19. It was taken in De Winton, Alberta, Canada (and they call Montana Big Sky Country) looking west from a place my mother was living. It was the only shot I took. One shot. When you shoot film you tend to make sure you a have good (hopefully great) picture on the first click. You wait for that shot instead of just firing away.
There should be a law that you can't call yourself a professional photographer unless you've learned to use a manual camera and have shot many rolls of film. Clicking away does not a photographer make. As a matter of fact, I believe that when you fire multiple shots in hopes of getting 'the shot', the photography Gods put 'the shot' in between two of your lesser shots. So, if you really want to be a photographer buy, or at least rent, a film camera and shoot a couple of rolls of film. See what it's like not to see your pictures as you shoot them, and then to see them when they are developed (take a darkroom class while you're at it). It's like opening up a present. Sometimes you love the present and sometimes you want to return it. No matter what, it's still heaven.