I shot these photos last year on my Canon 20D. At this time I cared about color photography, and making saturated, locally adjusted deals. Since I’ve been working in Black and White for the last few months I decided to process these in B&W and see what happens. I used Picasa by the way, because that is how i used to organize my photos, and its easy to click around. I like these pictures again after switching them to monochrome. I had become bored with nature photography because it seems sort of geared towards making people happy or escaping reality. But personally, I had a fun time making these photos. These were taken during bike rides, and family trips, and some when I was just driving around in my car photographing farm land, and the flower ones when I was taking pictures of flowers. Whether or not nature photography is frivolous; Whether or not my pictures are strong, or average, or boring, I enjoyed it.
canon 20d. holga dslr lens. off camera flash.
i suppose i should comment on the holga lens for a moment. it is 20 dollars, and you can get one to fit on any dslr. the people who make it say that it has an aperture of f8, but its more like f16 or even f22. i was thinking however that it would work well with some extra light. and i think it did. the only draw back is that on a crop sensor camera you are now working with a 90mm lens, which is good for portraits at 10ft. i prefer to shoot wider. until now i haven’t really found a use for the lens, and i’ve tried to loan it to people but they won’t take it. i’ve started taking it to the river with me. its my river lens now. usually when i’m there i wish that i had something wider because i’m not used to standing that far away. its defiantly a challenge to get it to work well for you. but once you do it seems to make nice photos. i suppose one of the most interesting aspects is that it has a fixed aperture; which limits what you can do, but also forces you to work within its creative boundaries. if you are thinking about getting one. do it, its only 20 dollars. even if you hate it, you can give it away and make someone happy. if they’ll take it :).