Downtown Seattle

Amateur Photographer

Brief note on my passion of capturing great moments…

 
 

I have become interested in photography few years back now. Probably about 2015 was the year I bought my first SLR. Nothing too fancy. After speaking to few of my professional photographer friends, I set on a Canon EOS 700. Needless to say, the standard lens that came with the camera was not going to keep me happy for long.

Coast of Oregon, USA

Coast of Oregon, USA

Since my biggest pleasure is coming from taking photos of people – I quickly invested in a 50mm lens, which to these days makes any family or friends gathering fun to capture. I really enjoy seeing my family and friends smiling when I email them the photos of themselves, or their children. Makes me even prouder, when they use those photos on social media or display in picture frames at home. That means I must have a good eye for detail after all.

Street photography is still my weakness. It is my favourite style, but I do find myself slightly awkward at times. At point of seeing perfect shot but not being able to capture it. I believe there is a fine balance that has to be met. As a photographer I either forget about the basic etiquette and just go for it, take a shot – but risk being shouted at and maybe even beaten up. Other option could be hiding behind a tree or a bush with a telephoto zoom lens, risking potential arrest due to concerned members of public reporting me to authorities. Finally, you do what I have been doing and avoid it all together. It is shame as I feel I have missed on so many amazing photos, but I just could not risk upsetting anyone. At least it gives me an opportunity to improve.

The next lens I have received (as a birthday gift this time) was a 55-250mm zoom lens. I decided to get this one, since during many of my travels, I felt lack of ability to capture nature and architecture at distance. This lens has indeed allowed me to take some great landscape shots but also great architecture detail and even some basic street photography.

Amazon HQ, Seattle

Amazon HQ, Seattle

Working with my basic SLR there are still so many options and techniques I have to master. I have started working in AV mode on my camera and this is preferred choice at this point in time. I am very much a self-learner and if it is not a trial and error, I would either ask on forums, read articles online or watch YouTube channels videos on the subject. Personally, I am not to focused on getting the technique right every time, my main focus is the subject or the detail. I admit that probably I usually get 1 out of 200 photos that would be worthy publishing on any media. But do you know what? I don’t really mind. What matters to me is that it makes ME happy and gives me pleasure when doing it.