After a weekend out West again, photographing Bethell’s Beach, and playing with my 10-18mm lens, I’ve been tinkering and setting myself some new goals and projects. This week, I’ve decided to tick off a couple of activities on my to-do list that I’ve been meaning to complete for some time, and that is to join the Photographic Society of New Zealand, while also take the time to enter the D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition. While I have no illusions that I am still in the foundation years of my photography journey, I think it’s time to revisit some of my better shots and have a crack! I’ve noticed a common theme from my photography forums, and that is the motivation for perfectionism from those who are learning, or rising through the ranks from amateur to pro, which often seems to prevent people from reflecting upon and admiring their own work without the approval of others. There is of course a place for positive criticism which many of these platforms offer in the quest for gaining knowledge, but the question always seems to lead to “How do I know when I’m good enough?” And yes, I have to say there are moments when I look at the work of those I admire and wonder if I will ever feel that success! But in the meantime, I’m going to take pride in my experiences to date; having success shooting a wedding, gaining skill and confidence with portraiture, appreciating the Sunday drives and days out that goes with photographing seascapes and landscapes along with enjoying the experience of capturing events, and water sports on my doorstep…and most of all, realising that I have come a long way from the student who began this journey eighteen months ago. So, cheers to the ride so far! From a not-quite perfectionist.