One With Nature

I love flowers on my nature walks

This was taken with my Nikon D7100 and my Nikon 70-300 mm lens. Love the bokeh!

When I’m feeling overwhelmed, a walk usually helps. Sometimes I take the dogs, other times I take my camera and shoot away. I love being one with nature. Nothing can quite compare to the peaceful serene feeling I get as I take in all of God’s beauty around me. Even greater is having the ability to take some amazing pictures and photographs that actually turn out.

Caught this hummingbird feeding on some flowers by the roadside ahead of me. At first I thought it was a hummingbird moth.

Caught this hummingbird feeding on some flowers by the roadside ahead of me. At first I thought it was a hummingbird moth.

Hummingbird Photo

Sparrows, robins, and ducks are easy to take pictures of–they will even pose and do the funniest things sometimes. But I let to catch the birds that love to hide or sit on the highest tree or tuck themselves behind leaves and thickets. Recently I got a new lens, the Nikon 70-300 mm which allows me to get most of those difficult distant shots crisp and clear.

Below is an American Kestrel (Sparrow Hawk/Falcon) flying over some crops on a farm. Then I caught the beautiful Cedar Waxwing landing on a weed at the side of the road. Sweet!

 

American Kestrel Picture

For years I have watched these beautiful birds soar over the river as I took daily walks. Recently I've been able to captivate their true beauty on film!

Soon I will be testing out my newest Tamron lens — 70-200 f2.8. Originally I purchased both the Nikon and Tamron, but with the Nikon and Tamron pretty much capable of doing the same things, I decided to save nearly $1,000 and go with the Tamron.

This lens is supposed to be fast, great in low light, and excellent for sports and weddings/portraits. Next week I will be officiating a wedding so I may not get the chance to use it then, however I am hoping to go to our local fair tonight for the horse speed racing competition.

Lisa Freeman is a an author, pastor/speaker, photographer, and dog trainer from Owosso, Michigan. http://www.dogspawsforhealing.com 

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The Six P’s of Perfect Photography

Here are some recent baby portraits I took. I went on this photo shoot to practice with my niece. Professionals say to use a prime lens. I used my Nikon 18-70.

Baby Portrait Baby Photograph Baby Picture Baby Photo Shoot Baby Portrait Baby Laughing Best Curious

Are they perfect?

Is there really a perfect portrait or picture? Can a photographer actually get that perfect shot in every portrait shooting? What is required to get such a thing? And what makes on portrait or photographer stand out from another?

These are all great questions.

Just as beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, so is a picture or portrait. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Many great photographers such as Dorothea Lange who made history for her portrait of a migrant mother during the depression, Annie Liebovitz well known for her stunning portraits in the Rolling Stones Magazine, and even Jay Maisel who doesn’t get lost in costly equipment and backdrops–he keeps it simple, shoots with one lens and brings shapes and landscapes to life.

What Every Photographer Needs:

1. Passion– if you love what you shoot, others will too 

2. Purpose– What are you good at shooting? Baby portraits, family portraits, senior pictures. Or do you prefer landscape, still life, nature, animals, or wildlife?

When you find your purpose there you will also discover your passion.

3. Persistence–  By being persistent you will develop the skills to take clearer, crisper shots. If you stick with it long enough you will will achieve the purpose which makes the journey worth the effort.

4. Practice– I’ve taken good shots, I’ve taken bad shots, but I never gave up. Practice often, hone your sills. Practice leads to persistence.

5. Purchase– You don’t have to buy the best camera and lenses on the market to be a photographer. Jay Maisel has proven that. But you do need a decent camera and a basic prime lens to start. Then practice, practice, practice.

6. Prepare– Take hold of your future. Set realistic goals and work on accomplishing them. Don’t expect to get rich off photography. It can be a business if you treat it like a business. If you treat it like a hobby or something you want to do in the future, then it will become just that. When you’re ready to get serious about photography, then make that purchase.