Welcome to my photography blog. My name is Jerry Whitty and I love photography. My blog will take you on my journeys into photography, where I go and what I do. Not that I go far from home mind you, but the challenge is to remain as creative as possible within the limits of my travels. I also will share my thoughts on photography, quotes from others on the subject, as well as tips and hopefully helpful hints as we go along.
So I hope you enjoy the writing and information I share, and I hope you will contact me from time to time with any thoughts or suggestions or comments you may have. I love to hear from all of you. Just click on "Leave a Comment" and share your thoughts.
Feb 29, 2016
I took this photo yesterday at Green Cay. I was trying to follow this little guy but it's not easy. They are so small and so fast, they twitter from branch to branch. I took a few other what you normally call "good" shots of him. But then there is this one. When I first saw it I almost deleted it. Why? Well, heck his head is cut off. What would anyone do with a shot like this?
But then, I guess my artistic, creative side said Hey, wait a minute. Don't be hasty to judge this photo as bad. It actually has some very good qualities. The main one being, which is what all photos should do, is, "It Grabs Your Attention". It makes you think about it. You have to ask the question, what is this bird doing halfway under the leaf? Is it protecting it's head from the sun?, Maybe feeding on the under part of the leaf? Maybe something totally different?
If it doesn't grab your attention, if it doesn't make you wonder what's going on, ask yourself, Why Not? Maybe it's time you open your mind a bit more, or maybe you should spend a little more time looking at a photograph. You might find your creative side coming out a bit more. Maybe your creative side will come out and say to you, Hey, wait a minute.
February 13, 2016
Today I walked and walked and walked and took a grand total of 6 photos. I didn't feel like I got my shot of the day but had a few I figured I could work with. That was until I finally decided to leave Green Cay and go back home. As I was walking out, I saw this little bird flitting around, and he was in such a unique group of bushes and hedges.
I set my camera for aperture priority because it was at the exit and in total shade. And then, there it was. My shot of the day.
So here's the moral of the story. On your way out from where ever your shooting, don't shut the camera down. Leave it on, don't put the lens cover on etc until you get to the car and put the camera in the trunk.
A short blog post but an important one.
February 8, 2016
So, in my last blog entry I mentioned something like show me a bird on a lonely branch and I'll take the shot every time.
Well, here it is. Another bird on the branch photo. I've taken many shots of this species of bird, but this one really caught my eye. For me, not only was it the bird, but look at those background colors. How could you resist those beautiful almost fall colors. Of course it's winter time here in Florida but this is what you get. It was a very cool day, high 60's but sunny. At Green Cay Wetlands, the background colors can be amazing and today was the day. I only had to take one shot of this scene and I knew I captured what I wanted to show everyone. This doesn't happen all the time for sure.
I think today I took maybe ten to fifteen shots total. Somedays are many more, somedays are even less. But when I shoot, I've finally come to realize it's not the volume but the quality. I'm happy if I come home with only one decent keeper of a shot. Besides, what are you going to do with a hundred photos anyways.
Ok for you techies out there. This was shot with my Canon 5D Mark III and Sigma 150-600 lens. Focal length is 600MM, ISO 320 and the exposure is 1/250th sec @ f/7.1. I used shutter priority which I normally do when shooting outside. I do have my camera set in Aperture mode as well. When I move into shady areas, I usually switch to Aperture Priority so I can take advantage of the lowest f stop. Having the settings ready makes it easier because these birds are very quick. You can miss a shot easily just raising the camera to try to get the shot. They are there and then gone.
I think this photo has such a relaxing quality to it. Maybe it's the colors, it just kind of soothes you while viewing it. Well, it does for me anyways. Hope you all enjoy this shot as much I do and as always comments are always welcome.
February 6, 2016
So I started this blog four years ago this month. I made one entry and never came back to it. Why? I don't know really. Maybe I didn't get into it or maybe I was just lazy. Whatever the reason, I'm back with it, yes four years later, but hey, better late than never.
What peaked my interest in this again was the idea of choosing a photo and posting it here and talking about it. Tell you about the shot, where I took it, when, and maybe even the why. What I like about it, what I did to it to make it look this way, etc.
I don't want to make it a long read, but hopefully more an interesting read. I hope you feel compelled to follow the blog and please please please feel free to make comments. I've set it so anyone reading the blog can comment. I'd love to hear from you.
For my first entry I'm actually going to post a photo I took awhile ago. The reason for this photo is you'll see a lot of similar shots over the following entries. I have fallen in love with photographing birds and wildlife. I'm hoping to do more with these photos but more on that later. Just know for now that a single bird, perched on a lonely branch will get my attention every time.
I'll post on the blog when compelled and there's a photo I really enjoy and who knows, maybe one I don't and explain those reasons as well. Believe me, not every shot I take is good. Hopefully tho, it won't be another four years.
I love photography.
But first, let me say I am not a writer. So please forgive me if I use dangling participles and any other type of english language errors that you may see.
There are many types of photography. Abstract, conventional, street photography, landscape, portrait, Miksang, etc. You may like them all, you might only like certain types. That is fine, the great thing about photography is you can make that choice.
For myself, I love to view all photography. Seeing other people's work both excites and inspires me. It's like any other art, sometimes you get it, sometimes you don't. But make no mistake, photography is an art.
I belong to a meet-up group here in Florida called "The Art Of Seeing". That is exactly what photography is, being able to see. Not just taking a snap shot, although you could say yes, that is another form of photography. It's truly the ability to see and express what you see in that moment. When others 'read" your photo, you want them to be able to create a thought, a feeling, an emotion. It may not be exactly what you felt, but again, that's ok. It's up to the reader to interpret.
As you view my photography, you will also notice for the most part I do not end up with something straight out of the camera. I am a huge fan of photoshop, and two plug in programs I use without fail. On-One Suite 6, and two of the NIK filter products, ColorEfx Pro and SilverEfx 2.
I always wanted to be able to draw and paint. Never could. I tried, I still try from time to time but I just don't have it. But I can take a dam mean photograph. And what these programs allow me to do is become even more creative. In effect, they allow me to draw. Not in the literal sense, but they allow me to see what I have in front of me and create my very own vision of how I see it. Now some may say this isn't photography at all. It's purely manipulation.
Think about it tho, how many people know the work of Ansel Adams? I would imagine anyone reading this blog has heard of him and seen his work. Those beautiful, rich black and white photographs of mountain ranges, New Mexico in all it's glory. Tell me do you think that his work is right out of the camera? You might be surprised to learn it isn't. He dodged and burned, he used bleach on his negatives to get the effect on the clouds he wanted, he manipulated the photographs in the dark room to create his vision. To me, todays digital photoshop is yesterdays chemical dark room.
I mention all this because I think it's worth the brief discussion and to help you understand my point of view. You may not agree, and that is fine, but at least we understand each other.
So thank you for taking the time to read my initial posting of the new blog and I look forward to coming back from time to time and sharing more with you.