It was sunny, in the 40's, not raining or snowing and we were both home. What a great opportunity to combine a dog walk with a photo walk. We took advantage of the day and put our big rubber boots on and grabbed our camera's and our dogs. It was wet and mushy but we had opportunity to take enjoy our hobby together. The dogs loved just walking free, no leash and wondering in the weeds. Brian had his Macro lens and I had my 55-300mm zoom lens. This gave us each some different perspective. I enjoyed my favorite model, my dog, Mac as well as some pretty cool photos of the moon in the daytime sky. I also posted a few cool photos from the early morning fog from late last week. It is just so fun to see the world this way.
Brian finally has some photos on the "Brian's Pics" page too. You can see that we are so different in the way we see what God is showing us. But the cool thing is that we are able to share with each other and appreciate the view this way.
We leave in just a few weeks for our annual trip to Guatemala and I can't wait to see how we both take photos of the same trip and yet see how different they are. I am excited for the continuing adventure that God has in store for us both as travelers and as photographers. We experience the same things so differently and then bring it all together so that we can make it one amazing trip for the couple known as "us".
This weather is really interfering with my photography...but I am finding ways to incorporate this snow into my hobby. I realize there are only so many snow photos you can take but I managed to get a few good ones during today's "storm".
I also have a couple of really good unedited Blueday photos from a couple of days ago. This is just a short little post to keep updated on my progress.
The main reason I purchased this Tamron 150mm-600mm lens was to take bird photos. The problem is that in mid winter, it is a bit harder to find all the birds I want to photograph. So off to Doogies pet store I went and purchased some black oil sunflower seeds. Sure enough, that did the trick. This morning, there were wrens, finches, cardinals, bluejays and even a red headed woodpecker. I didn't get a photo of all the birds but I managed to get a few good ones.
I also looked out late this afternoon and noticed the sun behind the clouds giving off a rainbow effect. I thought that was so cool so I made sure and took that one as well. I can't wait until the weather warms up and I can be outside to get some of these photos. Right now the lens is set up at the patio door and every time I move slightly, my lighting changes and it messes up my picture. If it was not a moving subject like a bird, that wouldn't be a problem but I am trying to get these birds and I am afraid they don't hold still too well. I will worry about birds in flight after I get good at birds just sitting.
I am a bit surprised, I kind of expected the birds to be a bit closer than they are at 600mm. Maybe it just has to do with not being set up outside, I am not sure. I will have to put my 70-300mm lens on and do some comparing and maybe that will help me be more realistic as to what kind of telephoto I can expect.
I do believe though I am getting better at photography in general. I can't wait until I have the time to really put my full effort into this hobby.
So much has happened since I last posted to this blog. The last time I was here was Jan. 13th and that is too long between posts. At that time I did not have my new Nikon 50mm lens or my latest and greatest my new Tamron 150mm-600mm lens. We have also been going a bit crazy with equipment but it sure is fun.
After waiting two weeks from the time my 50mm lens came in to the time I had a clear night sky to attempt some start pictures, I discovered I needed a better and bigger tripod. As a matter of fact all three of us needed taller tripods. Brian and Selena and I were out on the back patio each with our camera and tripod and practically on our knees as we are all attempting our night time sky photos. We solved that problem. Brian and I purchased new tripods and we gave Selena one of ours that was taller than her. Now we are ready for the next clear night.
My ultimate goal though is not night sky photos, I want to shoot birds. I have a 70-300mm lens but I really wanted something more. Found the Tamron 150-600mm with pretty decent reviews. I struggled for a bit between that one and the Sigma 150-500 or Sigma 50-500. After much deliberation and watching YouTube videos and reading articles and reviews, I chose the Tamron. It just came in yesterday so I haven't had a lot of time. It is so cold out and so few "fun" birds right now that my only attempts at birds was this morning. I have one hawk in flight, not a good shot. I have some pigeons on a wire and a couple of shot where there is a bit of a take off.
Surprisingly, my coolest photos so far are the morning moon shots I go with the Tamron. I will be posting them in my "Deb's Pics" folder if you want to check them out. These are not edited at all, except two of them did have a small exposure edit.
Brian purchased for himself a 90mm Macro lens. Now he want a ring light so that he can really see the detail when he is taking his macro photos. I will have to get some of his photos from him and load to his page. He hasn't had as much time as I have so he doesn't have as many photos. Once again though, the best thing about this, is that it is something we are enjoying together.
I am embarking on a new hobby with my husband. An interest I had as a child has recently been reignited. This blog is an outline of my journey as I learn the skill of photography and maintaining a journal through photo and video medium.