This sunflower shot was taken in 2011, shot in Auto mode on my Nikon D5000. We bought the D5000 for family pictures in December 2010, but I had really wanted a DSLR after trying one and seeing the photos that came out of it.
I love this shot because it was one of the first where I was trying to make something that justified owning much more camera than I knew what to do with. It would be another 6 months before I even tried to shoot in manual.
Looking back on this shot now, I know why I like it. If you had asked me when I took it, I wouldn't have been able to explain it, mainly because I had no idea why nor the language to communicate it.
But this was a beginning of sorts, and one of the first steps on my way to becoming passionate about photography.