Why I love Photography

by on May 12, 2010

The Magnificent Eastern Sierras

There is something so relaxing about Photography. Maybe it’s the fresh air, because most of my photography is outdoors. Or, it could be the soothing sounds of the ocean that make me so mellow. But, whatever it is there is nothing, for me, that is more fun than throwing on a pair of hiking boots and taking to the hills for a little spring time photo exploration.

I like to think it is the fact that I step outside of myself and look at something the way others might perceive it and capture the best of that perspective for others. One of the things I have learned is to frame the shot. To make it more interesting to the viewer. What that means is that you should have something a little closer to you around the edge of the shot, like a bush or a tree. It helps draw the viewer in.

If you are a beginner, it honestly does not matter what type of camera you have. I had an old Nikon camera. I just pulled it out and remembered some of the wonderful places it has been with me… Canada, Banff, Lake Louise, Glacier National Park and the Grand Tetons, to name a few. Closer to home it’s been to Golden Gate Park, Yosemite, Indian Rock Park, Big Sur and Sequoia National Park. Major adventures, all.

I used to love to take slides so that I could put on slide shows for my friends. Needless to say, there were plenty of laughs shared by all because I never did anything in a straight line so we would bounce all over the place with these things and no one was ever sure what was coming next!

Now, I have a Canon Digital Rebel and I totally love it. It is one of the easiest cameras for a novice to learn with.

It is so simple to use and the picture quality is incredible. It can do so much more than I’ve ever attempted. One of these days I will tackle that manual. And learn a few more truths about this amazing device.

The real trick is not to be daunted by a manual or what others think of your pictures but to get out there and take your shots.

Agapantha's in the Summer

Be willing to waste plenty for that one great shot.  I have heard of some of the best photographers taking as many as 200 shots of the same thing in hopes of getting that one perfect shot. I don’t expect you to do that but you should definitely be willing to take at least 20 or 30 on a shot that is particularly important to you.

Sometimes I am amazed about how good a shot comes out when I upload it from my camera. I’m thinking to myself, “Damn, that came out pretty good.” Now will it win any awards? Who knows. That’s not why I do photography. For me, it’s therapy. For someone else it may be a career. To each his own.

The Path to The Fire Lookout

Have fun!

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