I have a Nikon camera. For everyday use, my cellphone has a pretty great camera on it. But when I’m deliberately out taking photos, I bring the Nikon.
A couple weeks ago, I took my mom to Pickerington Ponds Metro Park. A Roseate Spoonbill had taken up residence there, and while we did see it, it was too far away for me to get a good shot – even with my zoom lens. This photo won the day.
In fact, this was one of three photos that I entered into a nature photo contest last weekend (which will be exhibited around the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks starting next weekend).
I’m still learning. But I’m a serious hobbyist, and I particularly love shooting nature.
This morning, I attended an event at another metro park. Midwest Photo and Canon hosted the event. For $15, I got to borrow Canon equipment of my choosing and go on a walk with an Audubon guide.
The equipment I chose was no joke.
It was a 45-minute walk, otherwise this thing would have seriously started to hurt my neck and shoulders. It was HEAVY.
But it was an unfamiliar camera, and I didn’t really know what I was doing. So I focused and clicked and hoped for the best.
I did okay.
This last photo was but a white blob in the distance to the naked eye – 400 mm zoom, hell yeah! My zoom on the Nikon maxes out at 300 mm.
It was fun to try new equipment, but I’ll stick with my trusty Nikon. I just need to get some more lenses for it.
Maybe I should experiment with macro lenses.