Both of my daughters love photography. My eldest daughter is currently in college for photography and she does some beautiful work. She just got a beautiful Nikon 85 digital SLR for Christmas and I am SO jealous! (g) She lets me use it, but I don’t want to drop it or anything… I would have a hard time to replace it or fix it!!! Someday I might have one of my own, so I kinda stick to my point and shoot for just fun…
I had a nice Fuji but it started to develop a difficulty that made it hard to use for most of more professional shoots… it would not focus well in low light. So I gave it to my younger daughter Maggie. It works pretty good in brighter light and daylight… and she has been amazing me with some of her shots!
Maggie doesn’t let anything like technique or that sort of sence of “I shouldn’t shoot this till I get it right” that tends to hold us back from creatively expressing our art… she just shoots. Alot. And through windows, in the car, hanging over things, looking straight up in the air in buildings and so on. She will be laying on my bed talking to me and then shoot out my window into the darkness and get a creepy eiry shot… she doesn’t know the boundries of convention of photography, so she just shoots.
Lately, she’s been shooting the critters that visit her feeders. Through a window, that is covered with plastic. Yeah. Oh yeah, and zoomed to the max. And she is getting some awesome shots. I love this one with the squirrel.
Did I tell you she’s in the mobile home? At the kitchen sink?
And she tells me that these starlings are very nice, because one is older and one is younger and she likes the way their feathers look all mostly sparkly.
She was telling me that she liked this picture but that she thought the camera was focusing on stuff in the background too much and so we started to talk about depth of field and all that and then I stopped.
She was looking at me with a little sad look in her face. Too much information… I don’t want to rob her of the marvelous experience of just learning that on her own. Besides 14 year olds already know everything, don’t they?
I’ll just let her learn all that on her own. There’s enough time for her to learn all the technical jargon for that she’ll already have mastered by the time she’s ready to start college and her photography career… I think she’ll need a better camera next Christmas as well!
You can visit her photo blog here….
She just started to add her own photography up there… it’s pretty cool to see what a kid can do!Pin It