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| p.3 #11 · p.3 #11 · Best body for birds and landscapes ?(no not mine a camera body !) |
Thanks for the info, now I am still torn with all this "new" information, as I may be able to just do with what I have, but thats been quite awhile now(how many of you are still using your 20D's?)
To me If a camera does birding,especially BIF, then it should easily shoot landscapes.
So since I have a 1DMkII which can do birds fairly well, and I have my 20D,which I gather can do landscapes OK, although I wonder If an upgrade to my 18-55IS(which was an upgrade from my plain 18-55) to a 15-85 might be a...Show more →
In my experience, self-criticism and self-evaluation can be valuable tools for ourselves if we can put those energies into being productive. Learning how to put these introspection's to use for ourselves is the key.
It took me more years, than I care to relate here, to recognize that my frustrations were merely a symptom (read: reaction) to my inabilities at being, what I thought, was "good enough" at whatever it was I was trying to accomplish. The key moment (and lesson) for me came many years ago when I was starting out as a utility lineman...back in the day they would team us junior guys with an experienced tech to learn the trade. Well, one day I'm beating myself up into a good sweat trying get old rusty hardware off a pole that was being, um, retired and my "senior guy" was just letting me have at it. This goes on for a good half hour, me beating the hell out of this situation, and him going about doing other things that needed doing, all the while watching me wear myself out. (Yeah, you old dogs know where this one is going!) Finally, after probably another fifteen minutes of this, I toss down the tools, frustrated that 60-year-old hardware had gotten the best of me, PO'ed that the "old guy" hadn't offered any help, and generally feeling sore and sweaty and thirsty for my ordeal. Wiping myself down with a wet rag and having some water I turn to the senior guy and say, "What a pain in the a**." And as I look up at him I can see he's smiling (as he always did) and he says, "Kid, the thing to remember about this job is that if your busting your a**, you're doing something wrong."
First lightbulb moment.
So I said to him, "Well, you could see what I was doing, why didn't you say something?" and (still smiling) he goes, "You looked like you had things covered. I figured if you needed my help you would have asked."
Second lightbulb moment.
As I cooled down he proceeded to finishing-off the stubborn hardware with ease and, all the while, sharing some of his techniques, working positions, tips, "When you find yourself busting your a**, just stop what you're doing, look at what's going on, and figure out another way to do it. Sometimes there's an easier way and sometimes there's not. But most of the time...(grunt)...(loosening the last bit of hardware)...there is."
Now, Danny's words (his real name) have stayed with me my entire life... ...showing up for work that day paid off in unexpected ways.
So, (getting back to photography) when I found myself frustrated at always getting inconsistent results when dealing with backlit subjects I knew it was time to stop what I was doing and seeing what it was that needed addressing. A bit of thinking, experimenting with some different settings, along with some trial and error, and I realized that, for the results I was looking for, I needed to spot meter my subject, lock in that exposure (and then adjust it up or down as I needed), then grab my focus and then re-frame my subject and...voila!...repeatable results!
As for your desires with your photography, you're the best one to know what it is you'd like to be doing. BIFs and landscapes, as you mentioned, are, IMHO, two amazing, life-long pursuits to be considering! And, you're in the catbird's seat...right now you can choose from several pro-level bodies, with vastly-improved AF systems from what you're currently using, that have fallen into your price range! Your technique and your vision will go as far as you wish to take them! Just try not to wear yourself down, and keep asking questions.
Anyhoo, I hope you don't mind the pep-talk, I wrote it more for me than you, actually...I needed to get over my frustrations about not being able, as of yet, to get an amazing shot of some geese.
Best of luck in your pursuits...