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I am not talking about life’s challenges, or the challenges of capturing images, social media challenges. There are a lot of challenges going around, most recently to post an image of nature for 7 days and nominate someone each day. I was challenged yesterday by a friend to participate. I already post an image of nature each day so I am not avoiding the challenge but instead want to take it one step beyond a simple challenge. Because I teach photography and lead workshops I get to see what is successful and what falls short. Typically, it is not the inability to see or to technically understand how to capture an image, but instead doing everything on short notice. Most folks pick up there camera every couple of days or weeks and go out and do some shooting. Where that gets you into trouble is when you go somewhere that distracts you from routine. Let’s say you were to join us on our workshops to either the Grand Tetons or Acadia(by the way we have only a few spots left for each), and you are overwhelmed with the scenery. It is easy to make simple mistakes like wrong ISO, exposure, etc., so I am challenging everyone to make an image a day, or at the very least every other day. Process it and then do a self critique of it. Were you comfortable picking up the camera, taking one shot, and then processing it? If so, that is great. If you had to think about what you are doing, increase the number of images you shoot until it becomes second nature to pick up and shoot.
Secondly, learn about your subjects. These are two Sandhill Cranes in Bosque del Apache. They look similar in size and coloration with the exception of the facial markings, one has red on the face. Having studied ornithology and birding, I know the one on the left is an adult, the one on the right is one of the juveniles, or as a young crane is called “a colt”. It is lacking the facial markings but will develop them as it gets through the spring and winter. Colts will remain with their parents the first winter then head off in spring to find others that are ready to venture into adulthood and find a mate. That is why you will see a group of cranes together in the fall and winter, usually 3 or 4, they are a family unit that has yet to split. When you see a group of young cranes together it is referred to as a “bachelor flock”.
So if you accept my challenge, you will not only become a better photographer, but you will understand nature better and how everything should really work if left alone.
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-7200, Aperture Priority, f8, -.7 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 200, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/640th of a second, Sirui R4214X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, Peak Design Slide strap, Lowepro 500AW photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC.

2 Responses to “Challenges”

  1. lilybug1960 Says:

    Thank you!

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