Take, for example, my first post. A quick look will see grain — way too much grain. New to digital photography, I immediately assumed increasing sharpness would increase quality. Nope … not even close. As months passed, I dialed back on that philosophy — only to discover saturation. That, too, become a tool poorly used for too long.
Over the past 580 or so days, my equipment got better, I got better, and the images got better. Here at the Lens Mafia, my colleagues and I have tried to do just one important thing — become better. I have them to thank for my increase (I hope) in quality. They have motivated me and shown me literally new ways to see. I particularly wish to thank my friend Greg Stene, who has answered boatloads of questions about image processing and whose devotion to photography has fascinated me for two decades.
I am grateful to those of you who have stopped by the Lens Mafia and “liked” my work. There are so many of you, from a woman who lives 10 miles from where I was born, to a teenager in Greece, to a young, smart German woman, to several of you who live in the Philippines, southeast Asia, and Latin America. I especially wish to thank Seedbud, because she was the first and has remaining unfailingly loyal, and Anarette, because her yearlong journey of a post a day kept me motivated. Note, too, that Seedbud and Anarette post more than images — they are writers, too, and their words are soothing to read on troubling days.
Thanks, too, to those of you who reblogged my posts (especially Roberto Cabral, who did so very early in my journey) and brought my work to wider audiences.
I would be remiss if I did not thank for my friend Sam Smith. He recruited us all into the Lens Mafia. He dragged me into this kicking and screaming. I did not want to do this. I did not need yet another commitment in my life.
If he had not, I would not have met all of you. And for that, I am so, so grateful.