Stephen Kirkpatrick

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lessons Taught and Lessons Learned

It’s not even 11:00 a.m., and this has already been a full day.

When I stepped outside at 5:00 a.m. this morning, the thermometer was already registering 82 sticky degrees. By 6:20, I had my next shot for On A Roll, an image of canada geese at sunrise. Afterward, I was hiking through a field and spotted a two-week-old fawn. The lighting wasn’t good and a branch in the shot spoiled the composition. This was a shot I would have taken under “ordinary” circumstances, but in my quest for the ideal roll, I passed. It was a tough decision, but further proof that even a seasoned (okay, old) photographer like me can still learn to think in new ways. 

At 8:00 a.m., 
I met Sam Andrews, a 16-year-old, aspiring wildlife photographer, for a private photo lesson. We went to work together shooting flowers, bees, and butterflies. One of the most important tips I shared with Sam was to get out of the “auto” mode – turning the camera on and taking photos on automatic settings – and into the “manual” mode – adjusting the settings himself to not only get the best possible shot, but to create his own photographic look and style. Working with Sam was not only enjoyable, but also served as a reminder to myself  that a good photographer never stops “seeing” and thinking on the job.

By the time the lesson ended, the heat index was over 100 degrees, but I never noticed how hot it was until I was walking back to the car. Another reminder of how much pure fun you can have when you’re fully immersed in your craft.  

Sunrise on reservoir this morning, 6:25 am, 84 degrees!

9) Daisy Fleabane and Grasshopper - (V)
Madison County
July 29, 2011, 10:23 am
Cloudy, 90 degrees
180mm, 1/200@f7.1, Tripod
10) Trumpet Creeper and Clouds - (V)
Madison County
July 30, 2011, 11:29 am
Partly Cloudy, 90 degrees
17-35mm, 1/200@f14, Hand Held
11) Indigo Bunting Singing in Sunrise - (H)
Madison County
August 1, 2011, 6:28 am
Clear, 80 degrees
500mm w/2xTC, 1/4000@f8, Hand Held (resting on tree limb)

12) Eastern Box Turtles Mating - (H)
Madison County
August 1, 2011, 10:03 am
Clear, 90 degrees
17-35mm, 2.5 sec.@f22, Tripod
13) Bolete Pores - (H)
Madison County
August 2, 2011, 11:02 am
Clear, 90 degrees
60mm, 5 sec.@f32, Tripod
14) Sunrise and Canada Geese - (H)
Madison County
August 3, 2011, 6:20 am
Clear, 82 degrees
500mm, 1/250@f4, Tripod

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