Monday, January 11, 2010
Becoming a Real Photographer
I have been taking pictures of animals since I was a kid in college but I hate to say all were done with point and shoot cameras. I finally got a film SLR Canon AE1 but I put it on auto and off I went. I have taken lots of good pictures of animals acting like animals in the wild. I never captured the depth of field or exposure other than what the camera took on auto. I recently passed the Canon AE1 on to my daughter for her use in college biology classes and I moved up to one of the new Canon SLR digital cameras. I placed it on automatic and off I went into the woods. You have seen many of those pictures on this blog and it does a real good job of turning out good pictures.
Last week I took my first Photography class at the Dougherty Arts School and placed my camera on manual. I also put on a 150-500 telephoto lens and went into the wilds of a park near here to get some wildlife pictures. I finally found a Great Blue Heron right at sunset. He was sitting on the entrance pond of a major subdivision in my area and I stalked to where I could get a shot before he flew off. I was not able to set up a tripod and handheld the telephoto which I should not do for clear pictures. I only got four shots before the heron flew for parts unknown and only one with his head held high. It may not be an award winning shot but I took it with my camera, my new lens and did it all manually. I hope to take many more. Wild Ed