Aren’t bloggers wonderful?
Because I’m a perfectionist, at least with respect to my fledgling artistic talents, I’ve been bemoaning the fact that my photographs haven’t been … well, picture perfect … right from the get-go. When my little point-and-click Olympus seemed to be taking blurry photos, I coughed up the cash to buy an advanced point-and-click Nikon Coolpix B700 because it seemed to have all the features I’d like, an extraordinary zoom capacity, and I wouldn’t have to carry around all those extra lenses and filters (read that story, here).
I suppose I expected the newer, more expensive camera to take professional, award-winning photos despite the lack of experience of its user. Surely, the owner’s manual would tell me how to use all those features, and if not, there are always photography-for-dummies books in the library.
But guess what – those books are confusing! It takes years to develop photography skills, and it takes a certain amount of talent. Needless to say, some people have more raw talent than others. But I’m working at it, and each photo seems to be just a wee bit better than the last one, at least in my view.
In any event, every time I’ve expressed any doubts about my photographic skills, other bloggers have jumped in to reassure me.
Especially Amy Rose. Amy seems to have made it her personal goal to boost me up every time I slide down emotionally, even to the point of taking time out of her very. very busy schedule to write a detailed comment explaining camera functions like lighting and aperture.
And then there is Marilyn Armstrong, who commented about editing a photo’s tilt. That aspect had never even occurred to me; I always just assumed that if I hadn’t held the camera perfectly straight, there was no way to fix that picture. At my age, holding anything straight is a challenge!
Today’s two photos are for Amy and Marilyn. There maybe would have been more, but hey, it was cold out there!
Thank you to Amy, Marilyn, and all the other bloggers who have provided much-appreciated technical and emotional support for both my writing and my photos. You are all awesome!
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Images by Cordelia’s Mom