"If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough."
It's probably worth noting that Robert Capa died in combat in an actual attempt to get "close enough". So I'm not sure how good that advice actually is. But I do tend to agree anyway. The best images come from being up close and personal. On rare occasions, the risk is worth it.
Capa is also credited with coining the term "Generation X", a generation to which I belong.
I started dabbling in photography when I was in my teens with an old Yashica Electro-X and an assortment of lenses my mother had collected over the years of her photography career. Shooting film is quite a bit different than shooting digital. It teaches you how to be patient and conservative with the shots you take. Film, after all, is expensive. Especially so for a teenager with a part-time job.
In the digital age, of course we can shoot a lot more. And of course that means more productivity, and more enjoyment. But like most any other photographer out there, film or digital, I'm always on the hunt for that one great image.
I find photography to be a great deal like hunting. You glass the surroundings, looking for your prey. Once spotted, you get as close as you can, you aim, you shoot. Sometimes you bag a trophy, and sometimes you get skunked.
Fortunately, in photography there is no bag limit.
The hunt continues...