Another print from my first show at the
Santa Barbara Public Library, Townley Room.
Flower close-ups are one of the first
things I started to tinker with when
I got a real camera. But, by real
I don't mean expensive or brand new.
I got a manual Canon AE-1 and some cheap
lenses off of eBay. (This was back when
I could look through all of the items in
the photography section on eBay in one evening)
Because of working with anything I could find a good deal on,
the combination of lenses I put together causes a
slight halo at the edges. Rather than giving up on the lenses, I found the
softness makes for beautiful flower close-ups.
My friend and I dubbed them my "Fuzzy Flower Filters."
The important thing if you want to get into
photography is to tinker and have fun.
You don't need to spend thousands of dollars on the latest equipment.
You don't need digital this and auto-focus that, I have the
most fun with my trusty, all-manual AE-1. That's not
to say I don't have an auto-focus camera and a small digital
for quick shots. But, I find myself more inclined to carry
a cheaper camera all over the place with me than I would an expensive
top-of-the-line camera. If you don't have your camera with you,
you can't get the cool spontaneous things you see on a daily basis.
And the combination of an $80 AE-1 from eBay and a high quality slide film
will result in sharper images than all but the most expensive digital cameras.
In the end you have to find what works best for you personally so you can have the most fun with it.