The blog is almost always on my mind! At least a little bit … I see something, perhaps, that might be blog worthy, or remember something from my past. When the blog-a-day started in January 2011, I made a point of that; trying to jot down and remember things that might be suitable for blog topics.When it comes to old memories, there’s almost always the little voice in my head that either tells me «no, no way …that’s too far out/personal/outrageous» OR «who do you think could possibly take any interest in that?» The little voice is my hardest critic and most of the time I force myself to turn it off — if I didn’t there wouldn’t be any posts at all. I guess this is what happens when you try and blog like this … like I do … about anything. No particular theme.
Luckily, there are always photos. I love the weekly photo challenge that WordPress have, and the interaction there. Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up pretty soon, and that will make it three years since I started taking photos. Or rather … since I bought the DSLR camera. I always relate that to St. Patrick’s Day because of the fountain they have in a shopping centre here — they make the water green on St. Patrick’s … The first year, we were sitting in the café there, and I was saying to Gerry how much I would have wanted to take a shot of that green water with long exposure …. to get that silky effect. Guess I’d seen photos of water that looked smooth.
That’s how it started. Bought the first Nikon, which was a D60 and the kit lens was 18-55mm. As soon as the battery was charged, I went out to the duck pond …. very eager to try out this new, fancy camera I had. This is what one of my very first duck photos looked like! For the life of me, I couldn’t understand why they looked so small. The fact that I had 10X zoom on the point & shoot camera, seemed to totally escape me. Having said that, it would be redundant to tell you that I was a newbie in the very basic meaning of the word.
I was sad. Time went by and it didn’t get any better. I was seriously considering to sell it. Especially after I’d seen a beautiful Osprey in its nest, that I could have gotten marvellous pictures of, if I’d known how to handle the thing.
Had signed up for a camera course, so I decided to take that before I made any decision. After the first lesson, I guess I’d come to some realization that I needed a longer lens, and bought a 70-300mm. Wow! That made all the difference! In June the same year, my ducks looked like this, and felt much happier than two months earlier, and I still am!