For this post, I thought I would post a few thoughts on some photos that I recently posted to the site. I am working through a backlog of photos from the last year or so. Like many people, I enjoy the taking of a photo more than the post processing, and the posting of the image. I enjoy that part too… just not as much as the taking part. I find that once I get a particularly nice looking shot to come out of lightroom, I am energized and keep working on the rest of them… then of course the momentum fades, and the pile starts to grow again.
This guy was at the Columbus Zoo, taken August 13th, 2016. I really like the implied emotion of this shot. It leaves me wondering about the importance of a zoo for the care and preservation of animals, and balanced against the reality of keeping animals in captivity. I feel overall that their individual sacrifice is for the greater good of the species. (If you had never seen an elephant at the zoo, I woould bet we would not care as much or even at all about ivory, and all the destruction it does) I am sure that the hopelessness look of this fella is more about me projecting human thoughts and emotions on to an animal, but to me he really does look depressed.
The 2 dragonflies above were take much more recently. I discovered that with the trade in of several lenses I didn’t use much, I could purchase a new Sigma 150-600 lens. That beast of a lens is an awesome piece of glass. The blue guy is a fairly heavy crop, and the other one is only slightly cropped. It is a darn sharp lens. I have to micro adjust it, and get it dialed in even more, the potential scares me a bit. Easily an excellent upgrade to what I was using (a Sigma 150-500)
This extra lens issue is what happens when you are a true amateur. I am a nature photographer, I need to just accept it. However, I constantly think I will shoot other things, so I buy lenses, and equipment to allow for that type of shooting, only to discover it isn’t my thing, I lose interest, and the equipment goes unused. I would like to think that since I know this, I will stop… but it’s not likely.
Why this one…. why not. He is cute. (Also from the Columbus Zoo… though he was not an exhibit, he was wild)
Thanks for reading. I will try to post more soon.