Photography has always been something that I love. In high school I did some photography (in the IB program you don't exactly have a lot of flexibility when it comes to your electives, but in the IB art classes I took I dabbled with some guidance). In college, I took a ton of photography classes, and loved it. At one point, right before I ended up moving out of Claremont, I was working with the local gallery there to be a part of an exhibit. But then life happened and I moved and pretty much got swept up in other things. And I wouldn't say my passion diminished, but my time followed closely by my skill set definitely did. Then I commandeered my MIL's nice hand-me-down Rebel and have been trying to find the time to get back into photography and relearn the more advanced techniques. I decided to participate in the February Photo Challenge but am having a hard time not only finding the time to take pictures but I am having a hard time not being so critical about the photos I take. I know it will take practice to get back to where I was, able to quickly and easily compose a great shot and getting all the settings right in just a few test shots. I NEVER used the auto setting. Now I use it all the time and it just feels lazy. I am trying to cut myself slack, so I guess this is my disclaimer for tomorrow's February challenge photo dump.