Way....waaayyyy back in the day, I lived and breathed photography. I had a darkroom at home (thanks Mom and Dad), and my senior year I didn't need any credits so I spent my time being a TA in the Photo Lab. I'd bleed fixer - that's how much I loved it.
Then real life intervened, as it often does, and I had to get a job, get a life, etc. I still took pictures, just not as many as before. Until my apartment was burglarized and all my camera equipment was stolen. I wish I could remember if that burglary was why I stopped photographing things. All I know is I stopped, but deep inside that little light never went out.
Photography today is so not the same. I shot black and white, developed my own film, even rolled my own film. Back then the great photographers had talent. Nowadays all they need is Photo Shop. It isn't real, at least for me. It's like comparing real crab meat to the fake stuff. Digital and electronically enhanced this and that has its place of course. But I don't think it's art. You can "click here" and transform a color photo into a black and white one. Just ain't right.
Having said that, color pics are required when you sell online. I took the above photo this afternoon. I'm no Ansel Adams, but I'm happy with the setting and the composition. I'm also happy my light is still flickering.