I went to a meeting at a bird club last night with a friend of mine. The members all did short presentations of pictures they had taken over the year, on trips. I don’t know if it was on purpose or not but they seemed to start off with what I’d call the ‘budding photographer photos’ and slowly with each presenter the photos got better. I liked that – I’m still trying to take better pictures – and nothing worse than having your pictures follow the guys who can shoot sharp enough for Audubon.
I’m inspired to join and share some of my own work next year, which I intend to improve again this season. I bought my camera last May and wow were my shots technically bad. I spent a lot of time in a kayak shooting the marsh birds and slowly got better. I took my first ‘Bear in the Woods’ picture (about 600 of them and learned why I don’t want to shoot 8 frames per second on slow moving subject.)
Then I went to BC. I encountered some extraordinary scenery and animals so have some beautiful pictures (check out my older posts), and I also learned how much more I have to learn! I gained a new found respect for anyone with those great inflight shots –
What’s that got to do with a frog you say? Well, frogs are good subjects as long as you’re willing to sit quietly otherwise they just dunk below and the shot is gone. They are teachers who make you work for it, without over challenging.
They’ve got great eyes and expressive little faces. No wonder Kermit was so popular. I’m excited to get back in my kayak with my camera, meet some frogs and shoot. I bought myself a 400mm lens and a mono pod, so even with all that moving water and wind and me, I expect my bird shots to improve too.
I’ve got a bird club meeting to get ready for.