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If you are going to be addicted to something I supposed it’s better to be addicted to photography than a drug. ¬†Although not harmful to the body like a drug addiction would be it can be a pretty spendy habit! Luckily I do have self control with my photography habit and it is a self sustaining habit.

I like to think of this point in my photography journey as the building phase. I’m slowly but surely acquiring new equipment and tools funded by the photography itself. I have a little fund dedicated to photography purchases and every time I sell a photo or do a small photo shoot I put that money into the fund. So far I’ve gotten a 70-200 2.8 lens and a 1.7 teleconverter and an SB 800 flash from my fund. The going has been slow though and on average it takes me about 1 to two years to save for an item. I’m hoping as more people find me on the web I will start to sell more and eventually make a profit over the portion that goes to the “habit fund”.

I’m drawn to the macro world at this point so I’m now saving for a 105 mm 2.8 lens. One of the photos in this post I shot with my little point and shoot Canon and the other I used my 70-200 lens with the teleconverter but it would be great to have a lens dedicated to macro where I could really get down and get close to the object like a little wildflower on the forest floor. The point and shoot did pretty good on the macro setting but I don’t care for the bokeh. The 70-200 does pretty well and really like the bokeh I get with that lens but it’s pretty bulky and heavy to be hauling around on forest/mountain treks.

I love the small world probably in part because I am height challenged at only 5′ 3″ and I tend to see things on the ground because I am close to the ground :-). In the Spring one of my favorite things to do is to hike in the forest looking for little wildflowers to shoot. The problem with my big lens however is that the focusing distance is a whopping 6′! At 6 feet there are often too many things blocking my view of the wildflower and a shot is close to impossible. I’m also ready for a new direction to spark my creativity. You can only shoot so many pictures of a pretty view before you start to get bored with it. I’m ready to explore the new tiny universe of flowers and insects and little creatures. I’m pretty close to my goal of acquiring the lens right now so hopefully things will align in time for spring and a few more sales will come my way.

If you want to help me on my quest for a new lens and a new direction by purchasing a print, canvas or greeting card my website can be found Here

Happy Shooting ūüôā

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It always seems like February and March is the hardest time for me. I really miss color. Growing up on the Oregon coast ¬†where there was always green…even in the winter when the sky was ¬†gray, some color was a normal part of winter. ¬†Here in the blue ridge mountains however, color is very much lacking in winter. Don’t get me wrong I love a peaceful walk in the snow where the only sound you hear is the squeaking snow beneath each footstep but this has been a strange season ¬†with very little snow except for the unusual recent march snow storm that brought 15″ to our part of the mountain.¬†When the snow is gone it seems the valley is left with a muted palette of grays, browns and tans. Here on the East coast in Virginia we get 4 seasons which are wonderful but the waiting for the change from winter to Spring always seems to be endless.¬†Two days ago however, I finally got a tease of color when our crocuses decided to brave the cold and poke their heads up through the soil in search of a warm ray of sunshine. It’s left me hungry for more… ¬†I know it won’t be long though and it will be an awaking for me like the flowers and leaf buds. When Spring color really returns I always feel like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in that scene after her house has landed in Oz and she opens the door and steps out of her black and white world into a new vibrantly colored world. I’ve got a bit of photographers block with my photography right now… but hopefully color will be around the corner to bring back inspiration into my world. I just have to hold on for a few weeks more and I know ¬†it will finally be here.