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Research shows that real mastery of any skill requires 10,000 hours of practice. I figure I spent about 1500 hours doing photography between ages 15-47, and have spent about 1500 hours on it in the last 28 months. It’ll take me another ten years do get my photography Ph.D., and that’s only if I continue to push myself.

Did your photography improve from 2008 to 2009? Why or why not? What are you going to do to improve in 2010?

This year I did a lot of studying of famous photographers to learn composition, and I think I got a lot better at doing intense photography road trips. I had fun with Ilford 3200 film, and learned how to do portraits. I don’t think the shots I posted to Flickr were any better in 2009 than 2008; but I took a lot more photos this year (most of which never get posted to Flickr) that I personally like.

Time to plan for 2010…

Ronaldo F Cabuhat, Kelvin Wong (Away), and 113 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. JdJ Photography ( 64 months ago | reply

    Instant fave! Love the colours and the light-dark transition.

  2. Sati Kobashi [deleted] 64 months ago | reply

    This is so strong and awesome!!
    I honestly don't know yet what I'll do to improve my work... but it looks like I'll have more help next year through new friends I made. :o)

  3. Jawdoc 64 months ago | reply

    just enjoy getting out there and surprising myself...must work on my dof and portrait work in the new year...I did spend far too much time on Flickr and will need to cut back my hours and not post every day!!
    thanks for all your visits in this past year Kev...much appreciated;-))

  4. Soleil is me. 64 months ago | reply

    Bravo!; greeting from Bangkok:)
    An exquisite image was arranged by your great composition/treatment. So beautiful among the million images on flickr. I pleasure to give the awards and honor to give the invitation to display your best to My amazing group;


    INSPIRE... Invite ONLY
    You are INVITED to display this wonderful photo
    in the INSPIRE Pool.

    Have a nice day & be happy:)

  5. Señor Jaime [deleted] 64 months ago | reply

    great shot

  6. Saaty Photography 64 months ago | reply

    This is really interesting.

  7. universal76 64 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot

  8. sciencesque 64 months ago | reply

    right now, my science PhD is interfering with my photography PhD!

  9. +faster+ 64 months ago | reply

    This is your new masterpiece. That power in the picture

  10. Per Haukeli 64 months ago | reply

    Your words are very inspiring. Thank you!

  11. dlemieux 64 months ago | reply

    i hope to master the lomo in 2010. got it about a month ago and my first roll of shots was pretty blurry...i can't seem to figure out the focus. not yet anyway....
    this is amazing!

  12. Rozanne Hakala 64 months ago | reply

    I've got miles and miles to go. But it's the journey that counts. I love having flickr friends like you who give me new insights and things to think about. This is a fantastic image my friend... soooo beautiful!

  13. TatiChic 63 months ago | reply

    This is one of the most INCREDIBLE shots I've ever seen<33 I'm jealous! haha ^-^ Just kidding! Ur oozing with talent!!

  14. daniel-jones 63 months ago | reply

    this is cool :]
    congratulations on explore.

  15. dethstar 62 months ago | reply

    Congratulations! Your picture has been displayed at! Please add it to the group Searchbandit Frontpage pics. Thanks.

  16. blablablablablablalblablbabla [deleted] 61 months ago | reply

    beautiful shot

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