Following my Dreams of Photography

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I have been one of those people who were envious of photographers and their beautiful pictures. I got a Nikon DSLR back in 2008 but never really took the time to learn how to use it for more than just a really fancy point and shoot. For about a year I had my eye on a DSLR that took pictures and recorded video. So finally around Christmas I bought it. Finally nearly 5 months later I'm starting to learn. 

Bare with me a little, I'll get back to talking about photography, a tangent is about to commence.

Saturday, my mom and I ran in a 5k to support NPG's college alma mater. I had never actually been to his campus even though it is only about 15 minutes away from where we live. It is really a neat little community. The campus is located on an old pecan plantation, so there are roughly 75 pecan trees planted in the middle of campus. The 5k actually ran though the pecan grove! They let the students and community pick the pecans when they are in season, which I think is super cool. Pecan pie anyone?!

Running through the grove - photo credit RBC 5k Staff Member

Crossing the finish line - photo credit RBC 5k Staff Member

I'm sure you see where I'm going with this...

Aside from graduating from there, the college is where NPG got his love of landscaping so he took me to one of his favorite and the most beautiful place on campus. Now let's get back on topic. I got really excited about this stunning little pond because it gave me a chance to enhance my new love of photography. I brought my Nikon D5500 camera with me to the race and set out to take some pictures and practice a little. I first started trying to shoot in manual mode roughly 3 weeks ago. My first try at manual mode on my camera didn't turn out quite how I wanted it to.

The next time I attempted shooting in manual mode I changed a few settings and I've slowly been getting the hang of it ever since. My Gerber Daisies have been the subject of most of my photography.

Now that NPG has introduced me to this wonderful garden at his college, I will be wanting to go back there to practice more. I got a few shots while we were there before I got too cold and wanted to go warm up. 

I am so excited to continue learning about photography and enhancing my skills. This has always been a dream of mine and sometimes you just have to follow your dreams and know that you can achieve them if you put your mind to it. 

What is something you have always wanted to learn to do?

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