Being in a room full of butterflies last summer was quite an experience, one that I wanted to capture in photos so I could remember, so I could share it here.
As I continue to learn and grow as a photographer, some lessons keep coming along, mostly in the form of mistakes. In the Find Your Eye Photo Course, Journey of Fascination, Kat invites us to look at those mistakes.. and then let them go.
My 70-300mm lens is great for situations like this one. I have used it many times in different situations and had great results with crisp, sharp images. But I can’t tell you how many images I have discarded for the simple reason that the focus is just too bad. This image is a prime example of that lack of clear focus.
I tend to push that lens to it’s very limits. In other words I often try to zoom it out as far as it will go. Many times this is not a problem, especially if I am in bright light. But in a lower light setting like this conservatory, I was trying to push it to it’s limit and shoot while simply holding it in hand, not using a tripod.
Hurry and get that photo. That seems to be at the heart of my mistake.
Yet that is not the kind of photographer I strive to be. Contemplative photography appeals to me, a style the invites one to be still.
So that means I have had to learn to let go of that hurry up attitude. Is that easy? Nope. The hurry ups keep coming back and I kick myself in the backside every time; however, there is hope. From all this lack of focus has come some valuable insight and new habits are emerging….
- My tripod comes with me often these days. (Thank you, Becky, for your example!)
- I am learning about the sweet spot that each lens has and how to take advantage of that.
- And for me there is a link between focusing and contemplating…focus the lens, focus my mind.