A few days back, I finally realized why I like photography. That is because I have always liked hidden meanings, treasure hunting, surprises and really seeing things, as opposed to looking at them. Photos provide me with all of that and more.. I often find photos I didn’t know i had taken, or things, expressions,people and other beings in the photo I hadn’t noticed as I was taking a photo. I look for the details of a pattern on a bird or an insects wing and its antennae and facial hair:) So to me, my camera’s memory is a treasure trove.
I am still an amateur, most of my settings are made on the fly and I almost never remember what was best for which type of shot. I do not want to provide any suggestions as those who really interested will find real professional suggestions in classes. Or in the wonderful blog of Leanne Cole. I do differ in some aspects from some photographers. Even when I am taking a photo of a bird, I am always looking for a story. This is especially true for any people portraits, which I shoot often these days or landscapes if and when I take them . I don’t take a shot or the perfect shot or a difficult shot. I take a moment of a story with as much of the story as I can, imprinted in it.
I use GIMP when I have to. I do not plan to buy photoshop any longer. I continue to work on my photo taking technique and spotting the right subject prowess.
My camera is EOS 7D. Lens is usually the 70-300mm Canon. Lately, 100-400mm Canon. Sometimes 17-40mm. Rarely 30-150mm (kit lens). I am trying to get my husband to buy me a macro lens. Otherwise I try to manage with standing at the distance (relative to my height) that the lens is supposed to capture macro images.
We recently bought the L lens for 70-300 and a Canon 6D. The images are far sharper and I love the camera and the lens. The Amazon trip photos are mostly from the 6D, but the lens could be the L, 100-400mm, I have used before or the new 70-300mm.
Also, in general, I dislike HDR imaging ( high dynamic range). Seriously. The whole effect is most artificial to my eyes.. Maybe good for night scenes, like city lights. Or something.. I suppose it must be THIS popular for a reason. I just don’t see the attraction.