I went down during my lunch hour yesterday to check out Washington DC's cherry blossoms. When I checked out my photos, I realized that I had a piece of dust on my sensor. I learned how to clean it (or the filter on top of it). Not such a bad experience if one is careful. Thanks to the folks at PennCamera (Laurel) for being so helpful. I had read up on the web how to do this, but they gave me good advice as well. (My links section has a great sites talking about sensor cleaning.)
The second, and probably more significant (dangerous?) thing I learned is that I've been I know that I've been bitten by the photography bug. Mind you, I was on a break from work when I was walking past some tulips. Before I knew it, I was laying on the ground shooting the tulips in the foreground and the Washington Monument in the background. I was glad to see that my pants did not show any signs of photgraphic 'illness' when I returned to the office.
I also felt a bit of withdrawel as I saw the sunset and i knew it was pointless to take pictures until I got my sensor cleaned. Upon cleaning my sensor, I spent about 30 minutes taking pictures of some houseplants on the kitchen table.