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Just a Bungling Amateur12/10/2008 - 9:02 PM
The more different kinds of photography I try, the more I'm convinced that I am just a bungling amateur.
I have progressed since I became a member of EPZ, though. The first photos in my portfolio almost make me shiver now, and whenever I visit that first page, I can't wait to click another page number and see myself progressing. So I have learned. But I still tend to bungle every single attempt at trying something new. And the past few days were no exception.
Having worked overtime recently, I had a few compensation days coming. And since I hadn't taken any shots for several weeks, it was time to take the camera out - and the wife with her camera. So we went to the woods to shoot some mushrooms, and we also went to a bird of prey demonstration.
Well, what can I say. The woods were nice. The mushrooms looked good. But not my photos. The birds were great, but ... you guessed! Actually, to be honest, I did get some close-up portraits that I liked, and I may even upload a few. But most flight shots were crap.
I could easily say that being in a group of twenty didn't make it any easier, that the demonstration location wasn't much bigger than a council house garden, and that the falconer's assistant kept getting in the way with her handycam (all true), but that doesn't take anything away from the fact that sometimes I obviously don't seem to have a clue as to what I'm doing. I always think I do, because I read up on the subject, I look at photos, I check people's camera settings (if they have put them in the description). But I always seem to manage to overlook something. You know - get all the settings right, but one. And forgetting that one is just enough to ... well, bungle it.
Oh well. Keeps me humble, I suppose...