I recently enrolled in a photography class at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina under their Continuing Education program. I had my first class last night. My instructor is Grace Contreras, an accomplished artist and photographer. I thought that I would be spoon fed on how to use my digital camera…Wrong! Instead, she introduced us to “Critiquing Work”, “Principle of Design” and the “Elements of Art”. Oh yeah, and the “color wheel”. I was told to take my camera off Auto and put it on Manual. I ain’t too sure about all that, but I am going to try. This woodpecker, I guess it is a woodpecker, has been beating on this same hole for over a week now. He or she pays me very little attention to me and shows no fear when I come near. Here is an example of the work by Mud, the student photographer! LOL!!! Please feel free to critique my photo.
I have spent this week trying to get that one memorable photo of a Hummingbird before they leave for the winter. The birds have been extremely active this week. It might be because they are getting ready to move south, but I don’t know that. I have casually watched these Hummers out the kitchen window for years. The feeder, the Butterfly bush and then the trees. This has been their pattern year after year. The two photos I posted the other day were from the Butterfly bush, but this one is from the trees. I know my photos are not very good in photographic terms, but I really want to share this one, good or bad. I probably coud take another thousand photos and never get this shot again. Of course when I took the photo I had no idea what I was getting.
Four birds had left the nest and were flying all around the backyard, but the last little fellow was having a hard time making that first leap of faith. Mama bird made several trips back to the nest trying to encourage her offspring to stretch its wings and soar. With some of the young bird’s siblings watching from the gutter ….
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