Where all good things start. As necessary as it is, I bet the vast majority of people who want to be great at something really dislike starting from the beginning. But you have to start somewhere and put the time in to become great. After all, sayings are sayings for a reason and practice does make perfect.
I’m not saying I’m perfect at photography. But I am saying that I’m putting my time in. I have only been practicing photography on a very serious basis for a couple of years now, and when I look through my old files on my computer of photographs that I truly thought were great (at the time), Its like going back in time to see a play-by-play of my progress and how far I’ve come from the amount of practice I’ve put in. While some of the photographs are almost embarrassing to look through, it’s actually quite fun to go back to take a look. The photographs you’ll see below are in order from earliest to most recent– not necessarily ordered from worst to best. In fact, I think they are all interesting photographs, but as time passes you can easily see my skill with the camera, camera technique, and post processing use progress as well. Below is Nathan Bush Photography from before the italicized name and fancy website to present day.
2010: The Beginning– When I knew I liked taking pictures and tried to take good ones.
A child plays on the beach surround by salmon carcasses at the mouth of the Kenai River. Photograph taken summer 2010.
Mountains in the distance at Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. Photograph taken summer 2010 despite the copyright mistake.
A mother Grizzly and cubs head down to the river for lunch. Photograph taken summer 2010, despite the copyright mistake.
2011: I’m very into traveling, and attempting to capture great photographic travel memories.
Ice clings to the trail during a winter ascent of Mount Washington in 2011.
You can’t tell from here, but these towels are frozen at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland. Photograph taken 2011.
A volcanic landscape covered in snow. Notice the blue ice from a glacier that used to be there before lava flow melted most of it away. Photograph taken in Iceland, 2011.
The sun sets over the Icelandic barren landscape. Photographed in 2011.
A man sits alone in the central plaza of Cusco, Peru. Photographed late 2011.
The ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru. Traveled to and photographed in late 2011.
Ancient ruins at the summit of Wayna Picchu burst through the early-morning fog. Photographed in Peru, late 2011.
2012: I’ve fallen in love with photography, photo blogs, and am constantly reading about new photographic techniques and seeking to make myself better at making photographs.
Bridal Veil Falls, Castle in the Clouds NH. Photographed early 2012.
Tough light on these bald eagles who so kindly allowed me kayak right up to their post, just off the coast of Washington State. Photographed in 2012.
Lupine, photographed along the trail of the Goat Rocks Wilderness, 2012.
Sunset at Cape Flattery, Makah Tribal Reservation, Washington State, 2012.
Sol Duc Falls – Hoh Rain Forest. Photographed 2012.
2013: Always learning, constantly practicing, and even traveling just to make more photographs.
The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Photographed 2013.
Zinnia Arc, Macro, Photographed 2013.
A black bear cub uses a tree as balance to reach for the highest leaves that she can. Photograph in Glacier National Park 2013.
Wadsworth Falls, Wadsworth Falls State Park. Photographed 2013.
Mountain Reflection, Glacier National Park. Photographed 2013.
Mountain Goat Family, Glacier National Park. Photographed 2013.
Present Day: A focus on being more artistic with my photographs, staying closer to home, and shooting with friends that I’ve made along the way.
Sunrise, New Castle New Hampshire. Photographed present day.
The North Church of Portsmouth New Hampshire. Photographed present day.
Frozen leaves at Wadsworth Falls State Park. Photographed present day.
Tree framing sunrise at New Castle New Hampshire. Photographed present day.
In the end, when you look ahead you realize there is still so much to learn and so much more to grow for. Yet, when you look back to the beginning you also realize how much you have grown, which makes looking forward to the future all the more exciting.
Thanks for taking the time to read this longer post and browse through my photographs from my photographic beginning to present day.