What a year…memorable/forgettable for so many reasons. 2020 brought me this hobby though. I bought my first camera in December 2018 in anticipation of the birth of our first kid. I wanted to have something to document how our lives changed. It was a Sony a6300, I had a great time with that little camera and learned some of the technical things necessary to develop, such as how to shoot in manual. I took a lot of pictures and videos of him which I will cherish forever. Early 2020 we booked a trip to Portugal…never made it for obvious reasons. Before we knew we were going to get shut out I thought to myself…it would be nice to have a full frame camera, so I bought a used a7r iii and sold my a6300. Good move overall, but I never got to use it on the trip for obvious reasons. With my a6300 I used to shoot some street scenes as I would walk around town, nothing crazy, nothing really great, but it got me used to shooting and introduced me to Lightroom. With Covid, I felt a little less comfortable just roaming the streets and shifted my meanderings to the metro parks that surround my city. Little did I know what an adventure I was about to begin. All of the pictures seen here are from 6 months of focusing on nature photography. They progress from the first images I took in June 2020 through this fall/winter. I learned how to use Photoshop, what focus stacking is, what exposure blending is, what luminosity masks are, how to add creative touches, just enough about printing to give myself a headache, how to take pictures of the Milky Way, what NPN is. I wouldn’t say I’m really good at any of it yet…but this is where I am starting and I hope to continue learning and growing and eventually make images as good as what I see here. If nothing else, I hope my post helps you reflect on where you have been, how far you have come, and what a great little community us photographers have together.
Always open to learning!
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