This week Amy challenges us here to post on our journey with photography.
I have always loved taking pictures. Oh the hundreds and hundreds of photos I trashed when decluttering as I would review the zoo trips, parks and nature outings of my youth. How things have changed! I finally gave up film cameras and the variety of disposable cameras around 2006. That was life changing!
My small cannon pocket camera took some amazing photos of the tropical places we have visited during the past several years of our marriage. I upgraded to the newest version of the cannon pocket camera back in 2012. The camera would go everywhere with me in my waist pack and small cross body bags. From beaches, to hiking, to Disneyland and Disneyworld.
Ironically I think it was blogging that had me rethinking my camera situation. A friend suggested I start a blog because I loved to share health and nutrition information, along with financial tips as a budget coach. However, after my blog finally became a reality, it opened my eyes to the world of photography. Oh the beautiful and amazing photos my blog friends post! That is where my heart was, and I decided to go for it. I searched for the best camera under $1000.00. I discovered my Cannon Rebel T7i and fell in love.
I will admit, I have no patience. My tendency is to learn as I go, and as a last resort, read the instructions. However, I did take three short classes from a local photographer. I learned just enough to be dangerous, but not enough to fully understand. Therefore, I am continuing to work on learning more of what my camera really can do. And I will confess, I use the auto setting a majority of the time. I did subscribe to Photoshop and Lightroom and discovered even more to learn!
I have added a zoom lens, a macro lens, and a super zoom lens to my collection. However, that super zoom lens is a major project in the works.
So, with another vacation on the horizon to Utah parks, I must commit to learning a few more camera tricks of the trade.
Below are a few of my photos showcasing then and now…
Below are a few beach photos that were taken right after I got my new camera. Thanks to my cousin who is a skilled photographer, I learned how to capture some amazing wave photos on the beach in Depoe Bay, Oregon. I learned a lot on that trip, some of it by accident. For example, if you have a clean windshield you can take some cool road trip photos out the front window! It made me realize I could do more with photography if I will just step out at give it a try.
Finally, once I started playing with my macro lens, I realized how amazing macro photos are. I love flowers, of course, but I also love insects. I’ve posted many dragonfly photos, and even created a page just for the species I have discovered this past year. Below are just a few macro photos. I especially love bees!
“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~ Mark Twain
“A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart.” ~ Arnold Newman