Very cool. I too have always wanted to get into photography, though mostly as a curiosity. It really amazes me how some people have a knack for making something look even better in a photo than if you were to be standing right there next to him-her looking at it while it was taken. That the picture looks better than real life.
I have a friend who recently got into it...yes it is some pretty serious dough if you want to get serious with it. The prices for a good hi-end camera and the different lenses needed are mind bottling.
1996 Impala SS - 45K original miles - 5.3 LS swap - Brand new Bilsteins...WHAT A DIFFERENCE!