I have always loved taking photos. I was the one who always had the camera on vacations, taking roll upon roll of film back in the days when we used film. I can remember being on a tour in Europe back in the 1980’s and always having extra rolls with me so I wouldn’t run out if we were touring all day. I took roll upon roll of film, forgetting about what the cost would be for developing all those rolls. Quite a shock the day I picked them up, when it came to hundreds of dollars. Well worth it though as the photos help solidify in my brain the moments from that trip and allow me to relive it when I take the album out.
When I started blogging I was amazed at the photos people posted and the challenges for photographs. I began to look at things through different eyes, sizing up a shot, listening to the tips blogging photographers shared, taking closer notice and paying closer attention. I could hear Marilyn Armstrong’s voice (over at her blog Serendipity,) in my head as I sized up a shot, saying to take in the whole setting, look at what will be behind what you are focusing on, do you want a chain link fence in your photo? Something I had not thought of before while I was focused on capturing my subject. I have had the same Sony Cybershot for probably close to 10 years, it has served me well, but was no longer cutting it for me when I wanted to start taking more photos of nature and wildlife, specifically birds. Time had come to get a “real” camera. I did some research about the basics that were needed for wildlife photography, and I did have a budget to stay within, not yet ready to make an enormous purchase.
This week I purchased a Nikon P530 and today sat in my backyard, threw some bread out for the birds, and waited. I am still getting comfortable with holding the camera, and have only used the automatic setting for now. I intend to take a class to help learn my way around all the functions, which do seem endless! Here are some of the birds that visited my yard today- I am amazed at the detail that is captured, my Cybershot was never able to get such detail with its small zoom capabilities. Feel free to offer any pointers- suggestions welcome!