There was a time I would take upwards of three hundred photos when taking pictures of anything live, that could run, jump, tumble. Of the dog. The kids? Lucky if they got 20 between the three in a year.

Of the pictures I took, in order to see what would work, I would have to have them all processed. It was then I discovered the key to getting a great shot. I noticed I took 40 images all one right after another. There'd be some detail that would change between shots. Each click would trigger a rush of potential satisfaction... would THAT be the one?

What I learned was keep taking pictures. Don't try to get "the one." Trust. Aim. Be present, and keep taking pictures in quick sucession.

And, as I discovered this, the digital age bitch-slapped me and with it my head spun like Linda Blair in The Exorcist. I literally went crazy thinking each shot was "that one."  I mean I literally vomited arcane images so boring, so very boring, I really should have given up.

And finally, once things settled, I paid attention to what was going on and broke through the encrusted fatal obsession of perfection ruining really, really good enough. I think I get "that one" in the first 4 to 5. After that... once in a blue moon. Not enough to matter.

Last year I deleted over 11K images off my storage system and continue to shed the debris of self-mistrust. I try and do so regularly.

Over time I discovered my rate of image capturing has lowered considerably.

Now that I have things under control, I can find images like these two. I only took 40 and I came away with two that sum up the 'Burt' personality that I know.

I realize the bamboo chair doesn't make sense in the painting.  But, again, this is mine and how he is to me.

Over time, I got to know my camera enough to begin to control how I took an image. Movement, focus level(s), color, lighting from its angle to its color - all began to have my awareness.

And once in awhile, you get "that 'other' one."

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