Were you that kid in class who waved your arm frantically the air gasping "ooooh, oooh, pick me, PICK ME!"
Gosh, if so, I envy you. For realz. You were definitely the cool kid I wanted to be.
I was the exact opposite. I was the shy kid who sat there blinking at the teacher looking around at the classroom. But, trust me, behind that deer in the headlights look and deep in my soul, I was waving my arm around with just as much "ooooh, ooooh, pick me!" enthusiasm as you. I, too, got excited that I knew that brontosaurus dinosaurs ate it's vegetables for dinner.
Whenever I come across new photographers, it's awesome because I love sharing in the same excitement they have whether it's learning a new function on the their camera or learning a new way to see light's beautiful effect on a photo. It's kinda funny, too, because I'm even meeting folks who were a bit like me in school when it came to asking questions, but were a tad too shy to ask - but their excitement for photography is finally bringing them out of their shell.
Gracias, merci, mahalo, salamat - Thank you to the photographers who have been generous with their time to teach me, patient with my list of questions (wait ISO means whaaat?), and understanding of what it was like to be that kid too shy to also wave their hand around gasping "PICK ME! PICK ME!"