Watch The Birdie....!

Songbird BStarred Page By Songbird B, 2nd Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Give a kid a camera , and he/she can be totally captured by what they see through the Lens....It can start a love affair for life......

Flash.......

I think, casting my thoughts way, way back, into the dim and distant recesses of my mind, that I was given my very first camera, when I was about 13, and that basic little camera began a lifetime love of photography, which continues for me, up to this day.....
But, oh, how things have changed, mostly for the better, I might add..

I should say here, that I am not a camera buff as such, I get totally lost with technological jargonese...I just know what I like....And I would like to think that I am writing this as the average woman in the street, a layperson's view.

A Really Basic Snapshot Of My Love Of Camera's;
My first camera was called 'Annie', I have no idea of the make, and cost all of was 45p! Mind you, this would have been back in 1972 or thereabouts. I still have the odd black & white photo taken with that camera, which wasn't too bad, well, not for a 13 year old kid, anyway...

From 'Annie', I progressed to a Kodak 126, then to a Fuji 110.. (I hope that these are bringing back memories). Oh the joy of Film cartridges that you could just drop into the open back of your camera, and when they were full, you could pop them into your local Chemist to get them developed.....No more struggling with clumsy fingers, as I tried in vain, to slip film into narrow spools in the back of my camera, without subjecting it to light...I can fondly look back and laugh at that now, but somehow, never saw the amusing side of it, when it was actually being done...strange that...

From my basic 'Point and Shoot', I progressed to my very first SLR. It was a Praktica SLR, an East German manufactured camera...Heavy, chunky, solid, but a workhorse of a camera, with great interchangeable lens's. back to fiddly film spools, but by now, I was getting to be an expert at this...hahaha..
From Praktica, to Canon Eos SLR's, and from Canon to my very first Fuji FinePix f10 Digital Point and shoot, and hereby started my passion for Close up Photography., or Macro as it is called....

Bang.....

I have always loved flowers, what woman doesn't? But I do prefer mine in the garden, rather than from the local garage, when the husband is trying to get back into my good books, hence, I have a pretty large garden, overflowing with plants of one variety or another....
This is an ideal canvas from which to build up my Close up photographic collection.

Macro photography, really does mean that you see Nature close up and personal...Plants that look great in a group, that we might glance over as we pass by, can become a star all on its own, when isolated and photographed as an individual member within that group...
You can then see the true beauty that can be captured within a single shot...

This is where digital photography comes into its own...We have instant access to that image, and can keep shooting until we have the perfect picture...
Long gone are the days of taking a 36 shot film, and getting them developed, to discover that if you are lucky, you might have 6 shots that capture the essence of what you were trying to achieve....It use to be very frustrating...well, it was for me...and I imagine that I was not on my own.....

The convenience of a small, lightweight camera is considerable. Pop it in your pocket, or bag, and it is there instantly, no messy setting up, or changing of complicated lenses....And these days, the picture quality that you can achieve is more than a little impressive, and all you need to carry is a spare set of batteries, and a 2 or 4GB memory card...

Using my little 'Point and Shoot' Fuji FinePix camera on Macro setting was great, but still a little restrictive.... I wanted to get in a little closer if I could...

Wallop.....What A Picture...

My last camera that I wandered home with, proud as punch, was a FinePix S8000fd. It was a Bridging camera, not quite an SLR, but a mix between an SLR and a 'point and shoot', with the flexibility of a wider range of focal lengths. This one had Super Macro.., so I could get in even closer....plus it has an 18x optical Zoom.....(And yes, ladies, sometimes length does make all the difference...)

Now I'm not going to get all technical, that is about as techno as I get, so you can breathe a sigh of relief, and all those camera buffs, will now tut in disapproval.....
This camera is now a few years old, but is still my favourite, and I have achieved some wonderful results with it, in my chosen field......

I am artistic by nature, I always have been, so, personally, when I see something that catches my eye, I view it more as an artist, than a photographer, hence why interest in F stops, and Depth of field, often pass me by...I see it, I capture that shot to the best of my ability...I am no expert by far, but out of everything that modern Digital camera's have fitted today, with all their bells and whistles etc., you still need the ability to 'See' a picture, the human eye is still the best lens we will ever have.

...What A Photograph!!!!

Well, if you have stayed with me to the end of this page, let me add my grateful thanks...I know someone talking about her love of Photography is probably not the most exciting topic to read about, but I hope that I have kept it light, and amusing for you, and interesting enough to stimulate and maybe, perhaps, even educate...It is not so much my words that speak for me, but my photos, they speak more eloquently than I ever could, and I hope that they have given you the opportunity to see the natural beauty that our every day plants unfold, if we just paused to look a little bit closer......

My husband, bless him, still often finds me contorted in all strange manner of positions in the garden, trying to capture that 'Perfect Shot', but he has just learnt to shake his head silently, pop down my mug of tea, and hopes that none of the neighbours are watching......



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Hi there! I am Songbird B, and I am a semi-pro female Jazz vocalist. I have a huge passion for Jazz music, and I love writing Poetry, which I have done all my life. I am very Spiritual in my beliefs, and love Photography, Music and Garden Design....I...(more)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
4th Mar 2011 (#)

very nice page, and terrific pictures of flowers in bloom. I enjoyed reading your tale and feeling your passion.

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author avatar Carol
4th Mar 2011 (#)

Lovely article, and what beautiful pics. Thank you.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
4th Mar 2011 (#)

I received my first camera, a Kodak Brownie Box Camera, when I was 9 years old, that was in 1952. That camera hooked me on photography and I was developing and printing my own film and picture by the age of 11. The camera used 620 film which had a big enough negative that made enlarging unnecessary. Over the years I have owned and used just about every type of camera known to man. Today I shoot mostly with Nikon DSLR equipment although I still have all my old film cameras and lenses and still have a wet darkroom that I use occasionally when nostalgia overpowers me.

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author avatar Denise O
4th Mar 2011 (#)

Just a lovely page. I absolutely love the pictures and the writing is top notch. It was very light, funny and easy flowing, very nice. I hear ya about seeing it as art. My hubby and I were at the grocery store yesterday, I needed two shoots for some up and coming articles. I asked the manager if I could take the shots of the objects I needed and he said sure. Needless to say as I was hunched over the beets and taking close shots, I was getting some strange looks from folks. All of a sudeen their water started to come out of the sprayer, of course my first thought was my camera. Oh well, what we do for art huh. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar richardpeeej
4th Mar 2011 (#)

This is such an easy article to read and shows that you must have a cheerful nature by the way you convey your thoughts. It is clear to see your love of art and photography too. Thanks for telling us all about your interests...

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author avatar Songbird B
5th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my article...I had hoped that it would bring back memories, sothank you Jerry...It is great to hear the feedback, and your support means a lot to me... Looking forward to your article, Denise...hope the camera was ok!

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author avatar Humza
6th Mar 2011 (#)

wow wow wow wow! I just love photography and when it comes to macro I just die to hv a look of the macro pics!
u did it really beautifully songbird and therefore the star is very well deserved!
amazing
proudly following u!
thnx for the share, looking frwd for more macro stuff!

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author avatar Songbird B
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Wow! Thank you Humza...What a great compliment you have paid me! I am deeply touched by your words my friend.
I am following you too...You have quite made my day for me....

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author avatar Humza
11th Mar 2011 (#)

ur work made my day and in turn I had to express how special this type of photography is for me!
just love it!!!!

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Mar 2011 (#)

I had wondered if this article would be of much interest, but just your enthusiasm makes me glad that I submitted it alone! You continue to make my day for me my friend....Bless you...

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author avatar Humza
12th Mar 2011 (#)

Now plz never ever give a single thought to macro article coz atleast il be there to hv a look at it for sure but u will in that case have to inform me about it!

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author avatar Retired
19th Mar 2011 (#)

I was quietly reading, enjoying your story and BAMMM, I fell straight into the Iris. These photos are beyond lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your experiences with cameras. =)

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author avatar Songbird B
19th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you, Humza, supportive as ever my dear friend. Thank you Elaine, I am so glad that you liked the article...Am delighted that you liked the 'Iris' photo too...Thank you so much for visiting my page...It is good to see you..

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
10th May 2011 (#)

Wow, great images!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th May 2011 (#)

I loved this article. Brought back images of my first camera - a Brownie. But never have I seen such amazing pictures of beautiful flowers. You're a photographic artistic genius, Songbird.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th May 2011 (#)

Oh, and congratulations on the star page!

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author avatar Songbird B
30th May 2011 (#)

Oh bless you Steve! I love photography, and especially macro...I am so chuffed that you enjoyed this....Thank you for making my day for me..

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
24th Jun 2011 (#)

This was a wonderful article and the pictures are just stunning. I have a very nice digital camera and I'm sure that it has a Macro setting, but I've never looked. I've always tried simple mode for close ups. LOL I guess I'll have to find my manual and figure out where it is. I can tell that you have a magical garden, Bev. Thanks for sharing, my friend.

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author avatar Songbird B
24th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you Carol. Yes, the Macro setting is usually indicated by a single flower icon. Some camera's have Super Macro too, which is the one that I tend to use a lot..Within your macro setting, there may be one with a magnifying glass icon, this would be Super Macro, and means that you can get in really close. Your book should be able to enlighten you. I am so delighted that you enjoyed my article...\0/xxx

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
8th Aug 2011 (#)

I've landed here from your Little Macro Magic.

Your photography is so excellent!

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author avatar Songbird B
8th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Rath! It is so good to see you on my page again... Thank you for the lovely compliment..I am so glad that you enjoyed my friend..

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author avatar Humza
8th Aug 2011 (#)

Thanx alot for informing me about ur another macro stuff!!!
Am feeling realllly proud to have followed you!
jinkies :D:D:D:D:D

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