If you had asked me even six months ago whether I would be blogging about trees and birds and nature, I never would have answered “yes.” But now that I have a wonderful little Canon PowerShot Elph 110 (no, this is not an advertisement, and I am not being paid by anyone to write this), I am free to photograph things I notice as I walk along, and, having something of an artist’s eye, I see patterns, moments, vignettes, photographic opportunities, the play of light on leaves, a formation of flowers, a beautiful bird, the sparkle of sun dotting the water, or a fascinating pattern on a tree trunk, etc. I can’t help myself—I have to capture the moment. I rarely do any post-production work to my photos, except to crop them. The thrill of photography for me lies in being at the right place at the right time, and framing and snapping the shot as it presents itself. I also find that I am using my camera more and more like a movie camera. I have a very high capacity memory card and two rechargeable batteries, so I can take several minutes of digital video at a time. I don’t know how much, but I have taken up to 4 or 5 minutes of movies without running out of space.

I plan to include some of my videos on my blog in the near future.

Copyright 2013 Anne Campagnet-Reed
Copyright 2013 Anne Campagnet-Reed

Sun Behind Tree

The advances in photographic technology that are built into these little cameras are amazing. I literally point, (sometimes focus,) and shoot. Even if I am shooting into the light, there are adjustments for aperture and exposure that happen automatically. I have shot in every lighting environment and at every angle in relation to the light source, and rarely do I have a totally useless picture (especially for outdoor shooting). Short of shooting directly into the uncovered sun, I have gotten away with shots that traditional photography would previously not have been able to capture. An example is shooting a tree with the sun behind it, with just the trunk covering the round ball of the sun. The picture worked, giving a dramatic, almost foreboding, look to the darkened silhouette of the tree. I have shot plants with the sun overhead and a bit behind the subject, resulting in an ethereal, almost soulful effect of hazy lighting on the plant. I always experiment, and always am happy with the results, as I have no expectations, just a desire to see what happens.

Unless otherwise noted, all photographs on this blog are copyrighted (©) by Anne Campagnet-Reed, and may not be reproduced without express written permission. If you wish to reblog one of my posts, please reblog the entire post without edits of changes, and credit Thank you.


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