Tuesday, April 3, 2012

If not for you ...

About a year ago now, I purchased my Nikon D7000.  Before then, I had been using my Canon PowerShot point and shoot.  It was/is a great little camera and I still use it here and there!  But more and more less so.  It's just too darn easy these days to use all the incredible camera apps out there for our cell phones.  We've all seen some incredible photos with these apps and the growth of iPhonography has skyrocketed.






Before I bought my Nikon, I really gave little thought to my photos.  Most photos were taken to document an event or travels, only to be stored among the thousands that came before on my computer.  But all that changed once I started blogging and discovered others with photography interests.  There was no turning back.

I guess what I love most about photography is how a moment is captured.  It can be as raw as an unedited photo or as artistic as if Monet himself painted the scene.  I can choose how I want to edit my scene and believe me, I can spend hours with just one photo experimenting with all the various editing programs available to us these days.  For me, photography is a way to express the mood of a moment.

Take for example the photo above.  It is straight out of the camera, no editing, just a bad photo.  I was attempting to capture the Goldfinch sitting in my redbud tree but didn't have the focus set.  This was the result.  I almost deleted it but then I thought how beautiful it was to me. 

It's imperfection made it beautiful.




I guess what I'm trying to say is that in photography, unlike many professions and skills, 
there is room for imperfections.




Even when you may have captured an imperfect shot, like these, with a little bit of editing with all the apps available to us these days, you can turn imperfection into a thing of beauty.

By far, these are not the most beautiful photos, but you get my drift.

And that's why I love coming here and sharing.
It's a place where imperfection is accepted.
It's a place where beauty comes in all forms.
It's a place to be who or whatever we want.

 I just wanted to let you know today,
that each and every one of you inspire me. 

Thank you!


~ sharing with ~

66 comments:

grammie g said...

Hi Reena...I believe a lot of us need to hear this...ya I get your drift...how boring it would be if we all aimed for the same image of what was called "perfect perfection" : }}
Thanks...and you inspire me to!!
Grace

Sylvia K said...

I do so agree with you and with grammie g!! I had never had anything but small, cheap cameras to take on vacations for many years and didn't really even think about a decent camera until I started blogging five years. I'm still using my Canon point and shoot, but I've learned so much and hope to continue learning and improving! I love these captures of this sweet, beautiful bird! Delightful! Have a great day, Reena!

Sylvia

Country Girl said...

What an absolutely lovely post, Reena. I love the inspiration I find in the blogging world!

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

You took my thoughts right out of my head!

Blogging has given me so much confidence in my photography and although I don't have all the "bells and whistles" that most photographers have (I use a Kodak Z981 digital), it gives me everything I want and need in a camera and like you, if I happen to get an imperfect shot... edit, play with it and create a masterpiece all my own!!

Great post Reena!

TexWisGirl said...

and you are one of my favorite 'sharers' in blogland. :)

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Great post Reena and I can appreciate (and admire) what you are feeling. Me, I am just a different sort. I strive to capture what the eye sees. I can't get into all the artistic effects that can be done to an image although I do enjoy viewing what others do.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...i feel you on this...and being loved and accepted beyond our imperfections is a great thing...that next to last pic though, i like it much...

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

The inspiration is reciprocal, thank you!

bill lisleman said...

There are certainly many photo sharing blogs and sites. Pinterest is mostly pictures. The digital camera changed photography forever. As for blogs with mostly words - the spell checker changed those too.

Betty Manousos@ CUT and DRY said...

i really loved this post, reena.

just so you know you're an endless source of inspiration to me.

xo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We really do inspire each other and I see things differently now when I carry my camera with me. I love blogging...it has opened up a whole new world to me! And your photography is something I admire...that and your fun sense of humor! ♥

Michael said...

love the mourning dove (I think) with closed eye and pink claws to match red bud...

also interested to hear how new you are to photography as well...you've mastered a great deal in a short time

Evelyn S. said...

And you already know how you've inspired me with your photos and editing! ;-) I'm struggling with balancing my crafting and my photography. Believe it or not, I'm certain ...even with 6 cameras...I have as much or more money invested in the stamps, inks, paper, and tools for my paper crafting. Lordy!

Sandra said...

for some reason that sleepy bird makes me want to cry, so beautiful. i agree with you, every word you spoke here.

Madi and Mom said...

Reena you have a very good eye for what will make the purrfect picture...and then you enhance them with all of your techniques...just gorgeous.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Cheryl said...

Are you scanning my brain again, Reena? This is how I feel. Since I started stalking more photographer's, I've learned so much so quickly. The inspiration is mutual along with a whole lot of respect.

Daryl Edelstein said...

you inspire me .. xo

Gary said...

I'm not big on too much editing as I think it shows, and detracts from the wildlife. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Hilary said...

A wonderful post which seems to define photography in the blogging community.

Roberta Perez said...

Hi Reena,
As I am sure you have heard by now,
but add me to the list!! You very
much inspire me too!! I am forever
grateful that I saw your picture of
a little Hummingbird and clicked it &
discovered you and your wonderful blog!!

My Journey With Candida said...

Love the picture of your sleepy dove. I have been seeing a lot of them hanging around here lately.

Connie Smiley said...

Reena, those shots are gorgeous, and I love your thoughts about them. That first shot, unintentional though it was, is so dreamy. Thanks for the inspiration.

Steve Gravano said...

Inspiration is a two way street, As others say, you inspire us. Before digital, I tried to sell my photographs to publishers. Every now and then I was successful. But, there were many images that I liked, but just didn't fit the needs of anyone I tried to sell it to. When blogging came around it gave me, and I'm sure, other creative people an outlet to show their creativity. Blogging is great!

Andrew said...

A wonderful post to read Reena.. and your images are always worth viewing.
Hugs Drew xx

Ginny said...

These are all just wonderful!!!! I love the way you have captured the blue around the dove's eye an the subtle shadings on the woodpecker. And what you say is inspiring and gives us all hope. The first picture, I thought it was something fancy you had done with editing, could hardly believe it was just a mistake and right out of the camera. It is a Monet Mistake!

Larry said...

Well said Reena! I'm sure you know what an inspiration you are to all of us but I just wanted to hammer that home!

Your Mourning Dove is gorgeous and I love the Monet.

I can't believe what I read that you have never seen a Bluebird! You need to get out into the open countryside surrounding Philly and find some. I'm sure they would inspire you too!

Gail said...

I admire your picture taking talent.

I am a point and shoot, a little cropping is the most editing I do. I have photo shop but when the book was bigger than the Bible, I decided I was not ready to be that learned with photography and all the bells and whistles.

I will return to enjoy yours.

Pat said...

Gorgeous shots, every one.
I have been so inspired by others in the blogging world.

Gillian Olson said...

Great post Reena, love your pictures, and always enjoy my visits here. I love the colours in that first photo, it reminds me of an Impressionist painting.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

As good as my PowerShot is, those of you with SLRs get much clearer results. My photos were rejected on Shutterstock for being out of focus. Huh? They were as perfect as I could see. I only sent them really good ones. O well.

Carletta said...

You words speak volumns. If I thought my photos had to be perfect I'd have to stop trying. :)
Your edits are beautiful!
I love the first out of shot focus. The colors are delicious.
Lovely post!

Kerri said...

Well said! Love this post!

Kamana said...

perfection would be boring.

islandwonder said...

Your photos are gorgeous. I love the colors.

Barbara said...

I rarely delete a photo - I've been amazed at what a few touches here and there can do to bring beauty out of imperfection. My camera has truly opened my eyes to the world around me. Wonderful post!

mick said...

I like your photos and your ideas about photography.

heyBJK said...

You are spot on, Reena! Photography is many things to many people and there is no hard set right and wrong. Just opinions. It may have been out of focus, but your first shot is beautiful! If it was a painting, people would call it art. And it is artistic.

Bob Bushell said...

What a beautiful post, and the bird photos, marvelous.

HansHB said...

Awesome shot! I do like your first one, - creative and kind of art!
Happy Easter to you!

eileeninmd said...

Hi Reena, the iphones photos are just amazing. I love the mourning dove shots. Just beautiful. Have a wonderful day.

rainfield61 said...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

And imperfection can then be beautiful.

Linda R said...

I totally agree with the comment about beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And I have to say your photos are always gorgeous. You my friend inspire me!!

Hugs~

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Modesto Viegas said...

Nice series!
very good post!
Regards,

bobbybegood1 said...

Hello, hello, hello! Seems like ages since I commented. You are so right about imperfection, but to me that is what makes life interesting. I am a perfectionist who loves imperfections. Wonderful post, my friend. Cheers!!

fjÀllripan said...

Thats so true...Such a beautiful bird! / Susanne

edgar said...

Imperfection is part of beauty.
Different lenses can capture clearer photos and your photographic aids help.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

CherryPie said...

What a lovely post, very inspiring :-)

Some of my less than perfect photos are amongst my favourites.

Ivanhoe said...

Oh do I have many I do not feel like publishing?! Maybe now I will :)
One hundred different people will see pics with one hundred different eyes. Love it!

Springman said...

Amen Sister!
Your words are wisdom...
;-)WBW!

Mark said...

I totally agree. I had a cannon point and shoot, which takes great photos, but ever since I got my nikon D3000, I too look at picture taking completely different. I love playing with the manual settings and learning along the way. The people on "here" have inspired me like you can't imagine. It's one of the reasons I visit here.
I haven't toyed with the editing programs very much yet, I don't know why that is, but i'm sure I'll venture that way.
Love this new hobby I have and the people who inspire.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

You're so right, and I so agree. It's given me reason, not that I needed any.. but I did.
Sharing is a wonderful thing, and friendships even more-so.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beau-ti-ful! You are so right too! Your images show such a marvel of nature, captured the best way possible, raw and then yes, we can tweak them a bit, or leave them as they are. It is our creative juices that form a creation out of something already so beautiful. I love the top image and would have used it as well...wonderful post! Now if only I could tweak my backgrounds to looks as lovely as what you captured so well!
Happy Easter season~

ladyfi said...

A lovely post. I do love the imperfections in a photo - they are what make it lovely!

Claudia said...

I feel the same way about photography. I still use a Canon Bridge Camera which is pretty great, but yearn for an official DSLR - hopefully, in the near future.

xo
Claudia

GailO said...

What you have learned in a year is amazing! I love this community of people sharing their love of photography!

Perfection is surely something I will never attempt to achieve:)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Reena, you have articulated the same things that I feel too.

I love my Powershot camera and still use it a lot. But the difference with my new SLR and seeing pictures like you and others take, inspire me to want to take better pictures and see things that I hadn't before...I just need that bigger lens for my SLR to let me do just that. :-)

S. Etole said...

So much beauty in both your words and photos.

Catherine said...

And you inspire us dear Reena! Always so many lovely photos and words. Fantastic!
xo Catherine

Ed Pilolla said...

i imagine when film photogs develop their film, they find occasional gems. the digital camera really makes taking many photos easier and i find myself more willing to shoot more and more becuz there is no added cost. it's interesting that i too look to delete photos that don't look how i intend them, but shouldn't becuz one of them is going to be an unexpected beauty, like your shot. i see a yellow skull in there:)

Jennifer Richardson said...

sometimes it's the imperfections
that make it grand,
don't you think?
I love these shots...such a beautiful share.
Easter love and thanks,
Jennifer

forgetmenot said...

Reena, You are so right--even the "goof ups" can be beautiful. I love the bird photos. Blogging is such a great way to share doing what you love with everyone else. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos with us. Just wanted to wish you a Happy Easter. Mickie :)

Jim said...

Hi Reena! Well said! Gone are the days that we 'throw out' those 'bad' shots.
I like what you did with these 'imperfect'? ones!

sophie...^5 said...

Imperfection definitely can be used for something. my blog is dog related but I have used movement pix and blurs to accentuate speed. enjoying the stroll through your world! Ron..Sophie's Dad

ds said...

The Japanese call it "wabi-sabi"; the Chinese (I think) painters used to deliberately insert imperfections into their work, believing Nature to be perfect in herself. Thanks for the reminder that we can all embrace our imperfections, and not just in photography. Beautiful post, Reena!

bon bon said...

i'm right there with you, hon. keep creating!