I thought the most appropriate topic to first get into on the blog would be how this whole thing even began.
I moved to Panama City Beach, FL in the spring of 2012. I was still in the Navy at the time, and somehow hit the billet jackpot and was assigned to be the Port Operations Officer in the beautiful spring break capital of the world. The spring break piece actually wasn't as bad as anticipated, but the landscape was also much more beautiful than I had anticipated. I had never been to the Gulf Coast before I moved there, and I was blown away. White sandy beaches and clear turquoise water, it was like I moved to the Caribbean. Add in the fact that PCB is also situated on a little piece of land sticking out from the panhandle of Florida so that it actually faces a little to the west, so the sun sets over the water. Basically, it was probably the prettiest place I've ever lived.
I was never interested in photography, or any form of art for that matter. I had a bad art teacher when I was a kid, and I hated art for years. Fast forward a bunch of years, and at 26 years old armed with all this new technology like camera phones and Instagram, I realized I had an interest in photography. But it was really the landscape of Panama City Beach that peaked my interest, and after a few months of living there I decided I wanted to start capturing the gorgeous landscape of my new home. My mom bought me my first camera as an early Christmas gift (thanks Mom!); a Nikon P510 ultrazoom. I have owned point and shoots before when I was younger, but this is what I consider to really be my first camera.
So that's where this all started. A beautiful new town, and a Nikon P510. And in the next blog post, I'll tell you how I was accidentally forced to start taking surf photography seriously. It's an amusing story.