The butterflies taught me patience.

I used to almost exclusively take photos of butterflies, spiders and flowers.  I’ve developed a lot of other interests since those days but it was nature photography that helped me grow in confidence as a photographer.  After all, it takes some patience to photograph butterflies. This photo was taken back in 2005 at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens—one of my favorite places for nature photography.  I used a Sony DSC-V1.  This was the early days of my photography adventures before Big Bertha.  Remember that you don’t need an expensive camera to achieve good results. Continue reading The butterflies taught me patience.

Mushrooms as Art

Five years ago I decided to have a botanical birthday, so I got in my car and drove 100 miles southeast of where I live to visit the Athens Botanical Gardens in Athens, TX.  That’s where I found reddish colored mushrooms—which I had never seen before and haven’t seen anywhere else.  It reminds me of the mushrooms in Super Mario Brothers. ————————————————————————————————————— This photo is part of an ongoing series of mushroom photos in my collection.  (I like to take photos of objects that most people overlook.) Notes about photo:  This photo was taken with a Sony DSC-H2– a great … Continue reading Mushrooms as Art

Stepping Stones

Two years ago I undertook a task that was bigger than I anticipated.  It required me to learn new skills—including how to work studio lights, work with white balance and most importantly, have the confidence to believe I could photograph something other than nature photos—at that time, my specialty.  (I only photographed easy subjects like butterflies, spiders, flowers, etc.) The task required me to work after hours and on weekends. Once the task was complete I regretted ever ‘wasting my time’ as I felt it became a labor of love.  In retrospect however, that experience helped me become a more … Continue reading Stepping Stones