This past June, I had the pleasure of going out to East Point Lighthouse, in Heislerville NJ, with my local photography club to learn about making photos with star trails. It was my first attempt at star trails--as it was for most of the group, and we had a great time! We stood in the grass, taking hundreds of pictures (that all looked the same), and getting bit by an equal amount of mosquitos! Over the two hours that we took pictures for the star trails, we had time to talk to each other. Some of us made small talk, others had meaningful conversations, but we all made new friends!
I'm telling you this to stress the importance of joining your local photography club. Your local club is a wealth of information. No matter your skill level there are things to gain--information, connections and friendships! Believe it or not, I tend to be shy--especially around people I don't know, so it has taken me a LONG time to start to open up to this very special group of people. I made it a goal to participate, and now I am enjoying my time immensely.
I encourage you. Find your local club and attend their meetings. You'll be glad you did.
Something I love to do, but I find extremely frustrating is bird photography! I love to do it because I love to be in nature…listening to the sounds and getting lost in every movement & the peacefulness of it. BUT it is, for me, extremely frustrating trying to predict the movements of the birds—capturing the best photograph without disturbing them or getting too close, thus causing them to fly away! I know it’s my inexperience, lack of knowledge and impatience. All things I think I could grow to love even more with time.
I’ve watched, in awe, as a seasoned pro can identify a bird as it flies quickly by over our heads. She notes its striped wings and unusual shaped tail feathers. I, on the other hand, see only a dark streak as it crosses the sky. She calls out the scientific name, gender, and common name. While all I think is, “Oooh, look! A bird!” She’s looking for the spectacular, while I just want to find something that has wings and will sit long enough for me to photograph!
I’ll take a picture of a common sparrow, seagull or catbird (I had never even heard of a catbird until I started doing this!) They all fascinate me. Now I want to look up the birds that I photograph and learn what they are. I haven’t studied them, yet, but I know that will come.
So, if you decide to give bird photography a try. Along with your camera gear, I would recommend that you pack your patience, your curiosity and your patience! Go out expecting to get in touch with nature and have some fun!
Today’s blog entry will be short.
First, I want to take the opportunity to wish everybody a Happy New Year!
Then, I want to introduce “Quick Photography Tips.” Yes, I’m trying to make YouTube videos. Right now, my goal is to keep each of them under 2 minutes in length—thus making them “quick” tips. Hopefully, you’ll find them helpful photography tips. Please bear with me as I become more comfortable with this new format of communication and improve on my video editing! With A Bit Of Luck, I’ll become more skilled at it all.
So, with the new year upon us, I encourage you to pick up your cameras and get out and take some photos!
What Is This Page?
Since I love photography and teaching, I thought I would start a Blog page and share how I take my images, what I was thinking and about me.