Friday, April 29, 2011

On Picture Taking

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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  1. Well no matter what kind of camera you are using or what editing programs, you are certainly getting it right. Your pictures are consistantly lovely. I aways look forward to seeing them. Thanks for the tips.

  2. Your pictures are lovely even if you haven't officially taken up photography. You obviously have an eye for beautiful photos.

  3. This is beautiful Jacqueline - you do have composition down and take very lovely pictures - I just have a point and shoot for now - thoroughly enjoy learning and sharing with these lovely bloggers such as you!
    Happy Traveling!

  4. Your pictures are gorgeous. I love them all. I just point and shoot and hope for the best. Hugs, Marty

  5. Great minds think alike! I just did a post about how a recent shoot that surprised this VERY novice photographer.

    I am always in awe of your images and so it was a revelation that you don't even use photo editing like Picnik. (I have to say that Picnik is SO easy and rather addictive!)

    Thanks for the visual feasts that you provide. They always nourish my soul!

  6. Wonderful photos here!!
    So glad to have found your blog!!

  7. I have always thought your photos are fantastic! And I'm not the type to say so if I don't mean it.

  8. Very pretty! You have wonderful composition too. Thanks for sharing your post at Photo Feature Friday :)


  9. You have such a good eye for what to capture in photos regardless of how good the camera is. I have a lot to learn with this new one. Mind boggling.

  10. Somethings aren't so much learned as they are loved. Your love of photography shows. Happy PS!
    Licks & Wags, Niki

  11. J~ YOu have me soooo confused! How can you not see that you ARE a professional photographer..
    Your work is outstanding.

  12. You are doing very well with the point and shot camera, the photos are great. Beautiful blog. Take care and have a wonderful weekend:)

  13. Your photos are wonderful. You have such a good eye. Today I took a few and it was so cloudy I had to use flash. I really must practice more also. The fun is in the learning.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  14. I think your photos are fantastic- I have yet to learn how to take a proper picture too- it is a great stress for me to try and remember aperture and all that other stuff. I have a little Canon and it seems to do fine for the most part though it's little shutter is starting to stick on me silly thing! I just poke it in the eye and that takes care of that!

  15. Jacquiline, what do you mean you are not a real photographer? you could have fooled me. LOL Your work is so gorgeous(wish i had a more descriptive vocabulary). I love ♥♥♥ your images. I can't stop looking. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Hi...
    I did a read and run on this post yesterday :-)
    I love your GORGEOUS photos, you have an amazing eye... and great staging to boot! I can't wait to see what you will do when you "take up" photography! Seriously your passion is shining!
    and Africa, well like I have said before you intrigue me!


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