Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Essentially, yes, I agree with Monsieur Cartier-Bresson although I would not dare to equate my abilities to his at all. I enjoy photography to be sure, and I have a good eye for composition, but I have no patience for developing or fiddling around in Photoshop. I appreciate both endeavours, their challenges and rewards, but I just cannot find any attraction to standing around in the dark for hours and dipping paper into chemicals or nudging brightness and contrast levels up and down ad nauseam. Nope, my idea of photography begins and ends at my front porch. Once I’ve returned home from a photographic adventure, I love going through the shots and picking out the one or two that really stand out – if I’m lucky enough to have one or two – and yes, if it’s necessary, I’ll do some tweaking, but that’s the extent of my “developing”. Purist would say, I’m sure, that that is the epitome of digital imaging and the downfall of photographic excellence – all play and no work – but for us laymen, why can’t we just have fun?
And fun is what I had last evening. For a long time I’ve been frustrated with my camera because I couldn’t use the macro feature at all. Finally, I decided to look up the issue on my camera maker’s website. I discovered that my problems with macro were a combination of a problem with the camera and my misuse of my lenses. The problem with camera was easily fixed by upgrading the firmware. The problem with me took a bit of further reading to correct, but it, too, was fixed. I did not know that I couldn’t use my zoom lens to take macro shots. Uh huh…ya…laugh…but it’s true. A zoom lens won’t focus on anything closer than about 4 feet. Of course, I was having the same problem with my wide-angle lens…but, much to my delight, NO MORE! So, I took my camera and went for a walk during the “golden hour” and golden it was! The sun was at such a level as to provide a warm glow – thus described as golden – which accentuates the richness of nature instead of flattening it as does the harsh mid-day sunlight. You can also find this beautiful, golden light in the early morning too, by the way.
I considered my jaunt successful and the proof of my success is in the photo below. You may not all be impressed with the image (I’ve already been informed by one onlooker that it does nothing for them) but that’s the thing about photography, it’s very subjective. I think the reason I chose this photo out of the batch to show you was a) the colours – I love the glow in the background, b) the way in which I took the photo was to hold the camera just above ground level and not to use the viewfinder – I was essentially blind and lucky the shot turned out so well, and c) the detail in the dandelion which illustrated to me that my camera is quite capable of going macro – that alone to me is a very exciting turn of events! And no, this shot has not been altered at all. I will put my other choices from this evening up on Flickr later today so if you’re interested in seeing them, check over there. If you wish to give your opinion on the shot below or on photography, please feel free. I’d love to hear from you.
I mean, LOOK AT THIS DETAIL!
Every walk into nature is worthwhile even if you never get a perfect shot. Enjoy your day.