I don't particularly consider myself a nature photographer. I much prefer shooting people. I love portrait and fashion shooting. I am really growing to like street photography. I like the idea that I am shooting something that tells a story about people. But sometimes I do get the urge to shoot nature. This last week was one of those times. We were out on family vacation at a lake house in southwestern Michigan. I love the lake. It is very relaxing. I love swimming, and boating, and sitting on the shore watching the sunset. The one thing I did not like about the lake this last week was dropping my camera in the lake and losing both the camera and the lens to the effects of water with electronics. But that is a totally different story.
Well earlier in the day that my trusty Nikon D80 died I was out in a boat with my son. He was trying to fish, and I was playing boatsman for him. I don't particularly care for fishing, or for eating them for all that. But I was being a good dad and helping out first thing in the morning. We got to the far end of the lake where there was a lot of lily pads, and I was hoping a lot of fish too. As I was rowing around I noticed that there were a ton of dragon flies, and birds, and other wonderful nature things in that part of the lake, besides the beautiful lily pads. Right then and there I got hit with the bug (haha) to shoot some nature shots.
So after we got back to shore I trotted up to the house, mounted my Sigma 70-300mm macro lens on the D80, and headed back out. Well maybe not quite that fast. Seems people made an awesome breakfast while we were out. So I ate first. I was worried that the moment would be lost, but all the bugs were there still, and in even greater numbers. The lilies were open even more too. So I rowed around and shot loads of images. I struggled a bit with some of it, not being so experienced with nature shooting. But when I got back to the house and loaded the images on the Macbook I was pleased with what I saw.
Of course as I was looking at the images I saw a number of things I could do better. I was still feeling very energetic and decided that I really needed to go out and try to get a few more shots. I might get lucky at finding some different things later in the day too. This is where the poor D80 was about to meet it's death. The kids and wife were also out in some other boats. They were in kayaks. I figured I would never be able to be fast enough to get good positioning for shots in a rowboat. So I decided to take the canoe that was left on the shore.
So I got the paddle, put a life jacket in the canoe, pulled it most of the way into the water, and climbed in. Well I tried to climb in. This was the most unstable canoe ever made I think. It was also small and hard to get into. Before I knew it I was tipping to the side and ready to go over completely. I was not worried about drowning. I am a very strong swimmer, and besides that I was in just over a foot of water probably. But I did not want to see my trusty camera die. I started hollering to the others to grab the camera. They grabbed the boat thinking I did not want to fall in. I had one hand on the canoe and the other on the bottom of the lake trying to hold myself up high enough to keep the camera out of the water. I saw the lens go in first. Then as the canoe was drifting farther out deeper the lens got deeper and deeper in the water. It did not take long before even my long arms could not keep the trusty camera body out of the water, and it was camera death by water induced electrocution. Well at least I have some really nice nature shots as a final farewell to remember the camera by. Early this next week the photo poll will be between two of the dragon fly photos.
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My name is Rusty, and I am on a journey, almost more of an awakening, to really learn photography. Years ago I did a lot of photography in high school. After raising a family I find I have time once again to pick up the camera. The art form has changed a lot since my high school days. I am also finding that I desire to take my art to the next level. This site is a combination of documenting my journey and teaching you things that I am learning. So in the process of my becoming one with the camera I am hoping to also help you find that inner artist that is inside you as well.