The First Photo I Was Ever Proud Of

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This is the first picture that I took that I was ever really proud of.

This is the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. I had just gotten my very first digital SLR, specifically for the trip to Maine that we took that year. I remember clearly that on that day I was determined to master the manual mode of my camera, and my newfound understanding of shutter speed and aperture. I recall being quite pleased at myself for getting the exposure just right, and proud of how the shot was composed. This is the first photograph of my own that I ever considered framing and hanging in my house.

Do you have a specific photograph in mind, that you recall being among the first that you were ever really proud of? We would love to share in your experience! Please post a photo or photo link in the comments and tell us all about it!

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  • Lars Dahlin

    This image is my favorite.
    I took it shortly after my parents died and I think it represents my feelings at that time.


  • AndrewTerry

    This is my one:… – like yours, Tiffany, taken in New England.

    I was waiting for a ferry back to the mainland when this image jumped out at me, and my first thought was, “Rats; I wish had a 'proper' camera with me..!”.

    Further proof – if any were needed – that the best camera is the one you have with you!

  • lucy

    I took this with my point and shoot, and it was the first photo that gave me that longing to take more:

  • Sebastien

    This was my first “beautiful” photo :
    It also was the first that I framed and hanged on a wall !

  • Taoist Biker

    This is probably my first real success. It's hanging on the wall in my office right now, slightly sepia-toned. (And thanks for the PS help, Tiff!)

  • Tiffany

    Oh, I LOVE that shot, Sebastien! What great colors. Great job!

  • Tiffany

    Beautiful, and very stirring. Thank you for sharing, Lars.

  • Tiffany

    Happy to help! PS doesn't do much unless the photo's pretty great to begin with, after all!

  • Tiffany

    Ahh, I can smell the salty air! This one makes me homesick for sure. Thanks for sharing, Andrew!

  • Tiffany

    Neat composition, Lucy! Like Andrew said, the best camera is the one you have with you!

  • JO

    Nubble Light is my fav