The time isn't yet right for me to take up photography. My latest plunge was starting this blog about a year ago, and I know barely enough about that to stay in the game! I have yet to do a single mosaic or Photoshop or Picnik. But I have taken a lot of travel photos pre-digital with a point and shoot, using quite a succession of automatic cameras. I had a habit of wearing out the motors using the zoom lens! But I was doing a lot of travel, and shooting tons of pictures. I practised composition, and a few very well known basics.
I have a couple of real cameras that I choose not to be hampered with in adventure travel. And let's face it. All travel has become adventure travel. I bought the Olympus Stylus 1050 SW that I now use two years ago just before my last African safari. Our camp was to have a solar generator I could use to charge the battery over the two week stay in a tent (versus a "tented camp") at a bend in the Mara River in Kenya. The generator didn't work efficiently, so I wasn't very happy at my initiation into the world of digital. But that's Africa! Backup batteries and wilderness issues aside, a tiny camera that will shoot underwater and still fit in your pocket is also a good option in civilization. I carry a camera wherever I go like a lot of bloggers do.
Sometimes I have the luxury of shooting under prime conditions, and also manage to use the few settings I've learned to exploit at the same time, before I have to run out the door to take care of business. More often, it's in inferior or waning light that I do what I call kamikaze blogging. Hasty set up and execution, which at times, I confess, just ends up looking like an actual execution! Not so pretty. But I will someday in the future eventually unpack and use the actual equipment for my blogging.
I've noticed that a few of my bad pictures look rather a little bit somewhat slightly like those someone has gone out of their way to produce. Fuzzy. Or cloudy. Or off colored. You know, romantic. But it is a generous community we are part of, and I am so glad about the encouragement and support that has so energetically been offered my way.
It's been a fun journey. And I am still in awe of all you real photographers out there, and so glad that when I boot up first thing in the morning I'm going to trek on over to some of the most breathtaking views that blogland has to offer. Thanks so much for letting some of us clip on to your line!
I like the lead photo here which was taken in shady natural light outdoors in macro mode. The others were shot with available light indoors. I added lamp light in the photo below to better illuminate the painting.
Safari mizuri! (Good journey!) Have a wonderful weekend!
Ciao! for now!
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