We have been teaching a lot of online classes right now, and realize a lot of photographers are having trouble getting motivated. We have heard from numerous people they haven’t picked up their camera in months…not good! It is tough to motivate right now with so much uncertainty and tumultuous times. But give yourself a break, grab the camera and head out the door. No matter where you live, urban or rural, there are amazing photographs just waiting to be captured.
Walking my dog three times a day has been keeping me busy. And on one walk I found a great patch of sunflowers only a few blocks from my house. Once the flowers blossomed, the birds couldn’t resist. After walking by numerous times and seeing two species of goldfinch, I knew I had a great backyard wildlife opportunity. These types of situations are everywhere, you just have to go out and look. And then dust off your cameras, and go take photographs.
Walking through my neighborhood with my 600mm over my shoulder did generate a few odd looks. And I even got more strange looks lying on the sidewalk with my big camo lens aimed at sunflowers. I even had one dog walker whose golden lab thought I might make a great place to ‘mark’…uh, no, I don’t want a dog peeing on my lens.
But the photography was fabulous. Lesser and American Goldfinch landed only eight feet away, and I didn’t bother them at all. I often get asked why do you take so many shots of the same thing. The image at top explains it all. During constant 12 FPS bursts with my D5, for one split second a honey bee came in and tried to land on the same flower the finch was on…showdown! I barely even saw it happen, but I got lucky because I captured one frame that showed the encounter.
Do yourself a favor, grab your camera and just go take photos. Find your creative space, don’t worry about if it is a good shot or a bad one, just take some photos. Your creativity will be engaged, your mood will improve, and maybe for a few minutes you can get lost in the joy of photography.