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Zev Friedberg is proud of this photo he took while hiking in Peru.
Over the past two years, I have developed a passion for photography. It all began in the summer of 2018, at camp. I chose to take photography as an elective. When I showed my pictures to the instructor, a professional photographer and videographer, he told me I had some talent and should consider getting a real camera. When I returned from camp, I was in luck; my grandpa had just bought a new camera and was planning to give his old camera to one of his grandchildren.
SHUTTERBUG Zev Friedberg, a seventh grader at Emery/Weiner, has caught the photography bug. (Photo: Amir Razi)
At this moment, all I had was a little experience, a camera and motivation. My mom signed me up for a class at the Houston Center for Photography, where I learned about the basics of taking a good picture. Then I had my first real challenge, on my family’s annual summer trip. We were headed on a cruise, stopping in different places in Alaska. I got to see some of the most beautiful sights in the country, through my eyes and a camera.
After that trip, I really began to appreciate photography. What was once a side hobby was now my favorite thing to do. I loved taking pictures of things in nature: flowers, animals or landscapes. This past summer, I took a picture I will always be proud of, in the mountains of Peru. I was taking a hike with my family, when the beauty of the view overcame me. As I held up my camera, a grin spread across my face. I knew I was taking a picture I would always be proud of.
When we returned to the hotel room, I immediately plugged the SD card into my laptop. I quickly scrolled through the day’s pictures, searching for the picture I had been waiting to see on a bigger screen for hours. When I found it, I was overwhelmed with pride. The colors in each area of the shot were so vibrant, making me wish I could go back on that mountain right then.
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