Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Photography Q&A

I think I better split the Q&A up into a few sections. Today's topic is photography because of questions like this:

~ Straight Shooter ~ said...
Love them all Riley! You are impressive!BTW Momma, what kind of camera do you use? Always. Always, fabulous shots!

and this:

Kris said...
Sweet photos. I've always wanted to take some night harvest photos, but I'm always working! Did you have to set up a tripod and take a long exposure to get it right?

and this:

Pony Girl said...
I love the shots in general....the background was amazing. I forget, what kind of camera do you use?

In truth, I feel a little bit silly even using the term "photography." I certainly don't consider myself a photographer. I had a crash course in the art when I took a job out of college as an agricultural reporter for a small newspaper. Since then, I have switched to digital and practiced on the available subjects (namely kids, cows, and sunsets).

For the past year, I have been using a Sony DSC-H7. It is a point and shoot camera that has the capability to shoot on manual and adjust some settings, and it has a 15x optical zoom. It is small enough to toss in the diaper bag, but it has enough zoom to reach across the field without eating the combine's dust.

I do not use a tripod. In fact, the night harvest pictures were taken when I hastily grabbed my camera off the seat of the vehicle and clicked a few times. I think the "Steady Shot" feature on this camera must work quite well. Many of the photos on this blog were taken with a toddler hanging off my leg. Some were taken one-handed while I was driving a four-wheeler with the other hand.

While I'm not a photographer and I don't have professional equipment, I do have access to some beautiful photo opportunities, and I try to take advantage of that. I love the way that pictures can tell a story.

Someday I think my kids will appreciate my hobby.


BoufMom9 said...

LOL Love that you have a toddler hanging off your leg!
I know what that is like! Boy do I!
You do have some beautiful scenery and the most gorgeous photos on a blog! Whenever I just need to feel serene, I pop over here to relax!
(I know, it's a busy life on a farm, but from the outside looking in, it is just beautiful!)

Kris said...

I think you have yourself an excellent camera! And I totally get the feeling that you are constantly seeing beautiful sights out there on your farm to capture on camera and share with the world.

My poor Canon D-SLR gets dragged through all sorts of dirty farming operations...bouncing along with me on the 4wheeler checking cows...bouncing along in the seat in the dusty wheat truck while I'm driving during harvest...bouncing along in my husband's dirty work truck...you name it I've tried it.

The hardest part is mastering the camera well enough to be able to show something as beautiful as what you see with your own 2 eyes. You do it well. And you do it apparently with a toddler hanging from your leg at the same time! My hats off to you!

Stacie said...

I love your pictures. I really feel like I can get a good glimpse of your life! :)

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