Never Stop Learning

I used to be a Canon camera devotee. I bought many Canons during that phase–about fifteen years? I learned a lot about how digital cameras work, and what they will and will not do. My favorite feature of the Canon I still own (SX60) is the superzoom. I get unbelievably close to wildlife with it, but even with image stabilization, the results were/are sometimes soft, even fuzzy. I would have better luck using a tripod, but I rarely carry one  with me. I still use the Canon for shooting wildlife that’s out of reach for the Sony.

About five years ago, I decided I wanted a better camera. The Canon had taught me all I could learn, and I was thirsty for more (do you hear Kevin in Home Alone saying that?). The Canon also couldn’t handle low light, and I wanted to shoot in the dark.

Three years ago, I finally made the leap. After much research and inner discussion, I bought the Sony a6000. This camera came out in 2014, I bought it in 2017, and it’s still popular. It was mirrorless, it was affordable, and I thought it could help me take my photography to the next level.

I was right.

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Before/After: post-processing

I love how things change after I open a photo in a program and work my magic. Because to me this is magic. How else would you describe starting with a picture like this…

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A Day at the Lake

Today’s photos were taken at the lake. It’s a nice lake. There are plenty in the area, and some are prettier than others. I sometimes wish I had a boat or canoe so I could explore  more thoroughly.

Early Morning  There are several access points to the lake. I usually shoot at the one down the street, but I also visit other places for a different perspective. In the first photo, you can see the old tower in Lake Placid. I sure wish they’d reopen that for tours; I’d love to see the view from the top.

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More Macros

Seed bug. Other than that, I don’t know much about it.

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Stink Bugs

Apparently they create an unpleasant odor when in someone’s home, hence the name, but I’ve always seen them outside and never noticed any smell. There’s a wide variety of them.

The first three photos are stink bug nymphs.

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