SeenInTime is Mark Hudgik, a full-time student affairs administrator and part-time everything else…
A native of Western Massachusetts, I had the good fortune many years ago to live as far across the country (without crossing water) as one can with my wife (affectionately identified as “E” or “Lady”) and two kids (a daughter, “the girl” and a son, “the boy”). After spending nearly four years away we came back to “The Valley”in 2000 to set up shop. Now, the kids are grown and we find ourselves with a little more time on our hands, so… what are we interested in?
I have been attracted to photography for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I bought my first 35mm film camera in 2003, that I was able to really experiment. The trouble with learning on film without access to a darkroom was that, while I shot away, I was horrible at developing film in a timely manner. And so I think I was stuck in neutral without the benefit of seeing how various settings (shutter speed, aperture, film speed) impacted my images.
Then in 2010 I bought my first digital slr camera, a Canon Rebel xt, and began shooting in earnest. Those early images were captured as jpg files and edited in Picassa – I started to search online for photo blogs and instructional sites to see how I could improve my images. The first, and really most helpful, in those early days was Digital Photography School. I learned about the “exposure triangle,” how to read light and to see composition, and about digital editing – I started to shoot in the RAW format and to edit in GIMP, Lightroom, and Photoshop, creating more “keeper” images over time. I even participated in a local group exhibition in 2013!
Then, for some reason, I started to plateau again and began to notice that my camera stayed in the bag more often than not. When scrolling though my photo catalogues in Lightroom, there were huge gaps of months when I didn’t take photos. As 2016 started to wind down, my internal dialogue kept returning to the need for a kick in the pants.
Thus, 2017 has become the year of “No excuses!” Maybe a 365 project isn’t for everyone – it certainly wasn’t appealing to me at first. After all, I didn’t see “the pros” posting about completing 365’s. Once I got my ego in check and returned to earth, I started to think more seriously about my options for expanding my skill set. To that end, I can’t think of any other way to keep moving forward than to have some sort of personal challenge or goals.
So, please enjoy.