Early in my tinkering with professional
photography I could barely afford the tools I wanted
let alone the best
lenses money could buy. I was forced to scrounge
for used and not quite perfect items to get the affects I wanted.
Now, years later, I have some better tools
but I still use most of my early toys.
I have a combination of filters that
cause a soft halo around the outer areas
of the photograph, although that was not their
original intention. We call them my "fuzzy flower
filters." I would not trade them for even the latest
and greatest lenses.
I love to encourage people who are interested
in Photography. The tools can be intimidating
but they do not have to be. In the end they
are just tools, the art comes from the person
behind the lens.
At the Art Walk last Sunday there was a
young girl, about 10 years old, who was very interested in how
I got my close-up flowers. I gave her
a short explanation and she seemed very interested.
So I continued to tell her more about the different types of lenses.
I was much younger than her when my
parents encouraged me with my photography,
so I would never underestimate a child's curiosity.
Who knows, some day maybe I'll run into her at her
booth at the Art Walk!