Have you noticed when out making photos you’ll seldom see wildlife until you remove a long lens and put on a shorter or extra-wide lens. Happens to me all the time. Just this morning I was shooting along the river and as soon as I switched from a 300mm zoom lens to an ultra-wide lens cranes swooped in and landed along the far side river bank. A few minutes later a couple of fresh water turtles crawled up on a rock in the river. Sheesh..!
There’s been a lot of talk going around on some of the photo blogs about how having the latest camera isn’t the most important element to making great photos. I’m a confessed tech junkie but I agree with this sentiment whole heartedly. Great photos come from talent, passion, skill and vision. It’s true over complicated technical equipment can, in some cases, hamper the improvement of basic skills and vision. But I don’t believe the solution is to go back to the dark ages. You’ve got to find your own path, your own balance.
I also know there’s not many photographers who would turn down a better camera if they were offered one–so don’t totally discount equipment. ~grin~ Balance!
The photo above is a HDR image made at Bull Hole – Cooleemee River Park, Cooleemee, NC–one of my regular shooting spots. I was told a 15 year old boy almost drowned here this past Saturday. He got to close to the dam and was caught in an undertow. Luckily a friend was able to reach him and pull him out.