The next time I go all dreamy-eyed over some new camera gadget, I’m going to pull this pic out and remind myself that the camera is a tool. That’s it, nothing more, a tool. Photography is truly about learning to see, not the equipment you use. Granted, a better macro lens could help me with a good depth of field, but I think the light was more to blame than my current lens.
I was meandering around a creek bed trying to catch a frog in a good photo spot when I saw this little guy. Actually, I didn’t see him – not the first time. I looked again and saw what I thought was a leaf. Unlike the frogs, he obligingly stayed in one spot while I tried to get a good shot of him.
I must admit, my ability to see and translate that to good photographs is rather dependent on my mood at the time. When I first head out on a hike, everything is beautiful and I can’t wait to photograph it. It goes something like this:
- Heading out – me: oh wow, look at that light coming through the trees! I have to get a pic of that! Ooooo is that a frog?
- Halfway through – me: trees. That’s it here, nothing to see but trees. Do you know how hard it is to get a decent pic of just trees?
- 3/4 of the hike later – me: my feet hurt. I’m getting a blister. Screw this stuff, I’m tired. Picture? Not happening.
- Almost to the car – me: I can do this….one foot…at a time….. just one more….
To be fair, my hikes are usually not nice gentle walks. Noooo I have to pick the ones with the gorges, the steep hills, the honest to goodness mountains. I thought my heart would explode on one Catskill hike, but I got that far and I wasn’t going to quit. Nope. I could barely walk the next day, but it was worth it.
To be completely honest, I’m not really a hard-core hiker. I’m casual, out of shape, with no muscles to speak of. Casual hikes are boring though – like walking around your neighborhood. I like the cool stuff that offers good photographic opportunities. I guess eventually I’ll get into shape if I crawl up one more mountain or two.