In the last week I actually decided to do it twice. Once was photography related, the other wasn't.
Let's start with the non-photography related. Last weekend, Anka and I took some time off in Megève. It was great, the weather was beautiful and the fresh air soothing. We decided to hit the slopes and I, after 18+ years of snowboarding, decided to try skiing again. The technology has changed so much and many friends have made the switch from snowboarding to skiing in the last few years that I wanted to see for myself what all the hype is about. On the lift, on the way up, I was very nervous. Even more so when I started down my first slope. It wasn't easy and felt quite uncomfortable at first but I loved it! Not only did I love doing something new (well, something I hadn't done in nearly two decades which made it feel like new) the actual fact of skiing was great! I'm actually thinking of making the switch.
Regarding the photography related "risk" I took, that happened yesterday. Someone I know called me up a week or so ago asking me to shoot some fashion photos for his brand of clothing. I'm not much of a fashionista, that's why I don't normally shoot that type of photography. But this had an interesting twist: the company just bought some basic lighting gear and wanted to learn how to shoot with lights (Elinchrom BXRi 250/250). I therefore had to shoot with their gear which consisted of two flash heads in two 66cm square softboxes. Suffice to say it wasn't easy but the results — which I can't show — turned out really nice in regards to the limited gear we had.
I think I'm going to challenge myself more in the future and try to step out of my comfort zone every so often.
How about you?
Have you done anything for the first time recently?