I realized I like photography 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. And now, finally photography has led me to art, paintings, sketches that make me so much more connected to the world and parts of it I love, which may be losing their battle to survive, as I try to live and come to terms with the other parts: of extremism, intolerance and hatred, because these are not going anywhere.
I am now a seasoned amateur, or what I suppose is professional in many ways. I still do most of my settings on the fly, because wildlife photography is amenable to that. I almost never consciously remember what was best for which type of shot, but that is what my Implicit Self is for. I do differ in some aspects from many 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 for watermarking and for any raw images I edit ( there is a separate program for that by GIMP called UFRAW). I also use the editing options in “photos” in my Mac. It is much easier to use and faster as in both cases I am most likely to use the ‘Levels’ (found under Advanced, in the photo editing menu in the Photos app and in GIMP or photoshop), and change how much of RBG I want in my photo. Sometimes when exposure is the main issue, I believe UFRAW is superior choice, I have also had some success changing gamma or linearity levels. I am sticking to no plan to buy/subscribe photoshop. I continue to work on my photo taking technique and spotting the right subject prowess.
My camera is a Canon 6D. The images are far sharper than the 7D and I love the camera and the lens. All photos post 2014 are taken on the 6D. The lens could be the L, 100-400mm or a macro 100mm I use rarely (for objects only). I still use the L 300-700 often.
I am still strange enough to believe that the settings don’t make a photograph, but then, I never said I wasn’t strange.