Although pro photography with a DSLR, wide-angle, macro, photo lenses, and tripods is relatively new to me, I have always been a 'capture the moment' kind of person. I suppose a part of me knows (and hopes) that I'll grow old and want to look back on moments that perhaps, in the moment, I might have taken for granted. Youth, after all, doesn't feel fleeting until it has matured. The now will always be the yardstick against which we gauge it all with unabashed bias... or if we're lucky, perspective. As my inclination (okay, compulsion) to preserve these moments of joy, contentment, pain, heartbreak --really anything and everything that made me think or feel in the near or distant future -- I eventually decided to invest in quality camera gear (a relative term, since as more of an enthusiastic than a pro) so that I don't cringe or attempt to kick myself (which, I mean, how?) over low-quality images of spectacular moments. With that said, I do have a massive archive of pictures I took before I purchased my DSLR, some of which I really can't bear to keep veiled simply because the lack a decent depth of field or fail to incite pro vibes. I suppose that's why filters are for.