Thursday, January 29, 2009

Warning: Amateur at work

Photos are a powerful medium that can tell a story, evoke emotions or transport people back in time. I have friends whose flair behind the camera leaves me awestruck. Their ability to capture a scene and draw you into the moment is amazing.

I often come across others with this gift while perusing garden sites like David Perry's, or hanging out at Soliliquy, Hoe & Shovel and Dig This Chick. Their photos are always a delight, and I'm forever pouring over every detail.

Another impressive talent is capturing all the winged visitors that swoop around the garden. Now, I get lucky every so often, and actually get off a shot or two. But it's never anything like what you would see over at Robin's Nesting Place or Thanks For 2 Day. Their images are crisp and colorful. And I swear every bird goes to their gardens just to be photographed by them.

Still, they inspire me to try. Anyway, it wouldn't hurt to practice developing a steady hand. So dear readers, pardon the occasional smattering of fuzzy photos like this Stellar's Jay I caught harassing some other twitterers in the yard.

And this little guy taking a bath in the overflowing rain barrel. Not a beautiful backdrop, but I thought it cute how he would pop his head up as if he were watching me watch him.

14 comments:

jodi said...

I think you're doing a great job of photography. Most of us are amateurs, practicing together.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I think they look great. I love the little head popping up. The birds only seem to come here when I don't have a camera.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I just noticed your SAGBUTT list. Great idea :)

Lythrum said...

I have problems getting bird pictures too. They see me in the window and take off before I can get a good shot. It's one of my goals for this year to work on. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Sue said...

Yours look great to me!

Karen said...

I like your photos and you don't need to apologize for them! Jays are so silly, squawking their heads off. Love the bather too!

Karen said...

PS Love the group list but ack, we have to come up with a real name! :)Are you a meetings person? I really am not and am starting to feel like I'll have no idea what to do on the 7th. Do you think we need an agenda? Would you like to help me brainstorm a good way to approach this thing??

Gardeness said...

Thanks for the kind words everyone. But seriously, those pics are blurry!

inadvertent farmer said...

Ohh that last one is cute! Hi from another in the PNW, thanks for visiting my blog. This is my first time here and love your writing style!

DirtDigger (Tessa) said...

They are beautiful shots! I'm lucky if I can get a shot or two, but we'll all get better the more we do it...I might want to get a better camera though! Sigh, some day!

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Hey, your photos are nice. And I've never seen a Steller's Jay before! Nice shot!

I am NO professional. Never took a class or had anyone tell me what to do. All I do is point and shoot. I adjust nothing, it's all in the camera! My husband got it for my birthday last year. It's a Nikon D40X. It has lots of things on it that I have no idea what to do with. I need to take a class.

Thanks for the link love. Now I'm sorry for making you feel 'less than'...I didn't mean it. It's my camera's fault. TOTALLY!!!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I'm learning by trial and error too. I trash so many blurry pictures every time I shoot. The beauty with digital is that I can take hundreds of shots, (and usually do), hoping that one will turn out nicely. Most of it is creating the opportunity, (bird feeders close to the house), being at the right place at the right time, (in the kitchen, camera close by, with FlashCard in the camera and not in the computer), and patience, (sitting at the table waiting for them to show up).

I also use Photoshop to crop and adjust things if necessary.

Desire to learn is the key and you are already off to a great start!

Thanks for the mention!

Gardeness said...

InadvertantFarmer: Welcome and thanks for visiting. Glad you enjoy the writing. Hope I continue to entertain!

Tessa: You're so sweet. My camera is a Nikon D70 fitted with ProMaster lenses. We actually bought the body used because we already had a Nikon N65 with the lenses. It was less than half the cost of buying new and for me works just as well.

Jan: Oh give yourself credit missy! You've got a wonderful eye. Thanks for the kind note.

Robin: Glad to know even you have to toss out blurry shots. I recently started doing that to save space. Between the garden and my little guy the files are out of control. Thanks for stopping by my plot!

Michelle said...

I think your photos are lovely! I'm actually an artist as well as a garden coordinator and would love to paint an interpretation of your Stellar Jay. Would that be okay with you?