I once read on some deviant's profile "Stop saying you want to be a photographer, if you take pictures you are a photographer". If find this extremely shrewd and well-said.
So if I think about it right now, it is because since my inscription on dA, only a few months ago, I believe I have changed my way of thinking photography.
Let me explain it : since the first time I have come to realize that I love taking pictures, four or five years ago, I only took pictures occasionally, when I saw something a bit interesting.
But now my artworks are amongst the ones of many professional photographers, doing a great work with their $3000 cameras and lenses, often travelling far away to find the one spot that will allow them to take a beautiful picture, and so on...
Of course, I know you don't have to posses some great pieces of equipment to take good pictures. But it helps. I have recently bought one of the cheapest DSLR cameras (yet a very good one, this Rebel T3), and maybe I will start trying to process images a little bit. I don't like thinking "This image is awesome because it was photoshopped", but some slight improvement can be done without remorse, don't you think ?
And remember: about two thirds of the pictures you see here have been taken less than a hundred meters away from my house.
See below my new 500px account, I will upload there only the best from my dA gallery !