This past weekend my niece, Lindsay, came to visit! She is just finishing up her sophomore year at UNE in Biddeford, Maine and needed a little R&R before completing her final exams and starting her summer-long research project.
Starting next week, Lindsay will be studying nesting female Bobolinks (a medium-sized songbird) in the hayfields of Vermont. She is so very excited!
I happened to ask her if she will be photographing the birds and she casually replied,‘Yeah, but all I have is my small digital camera.’
Hmmmm, really? Well, that simply will not do!
So, I dug through our box of ‘extra’ camera equipment and found an older Nikon body, an 18-135 telephoto lens and promptly began her crash course in using a DSLR. (Here is where my experience in teaching at the community center seriously paid off).
Starting off with the basics (camera parts, attaching/removing the lens, proper handholding and camera controls) then moving on to more advanced topics (light, focus area, composition, white balance, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc.), she absorbed the concepts as fast as I could explain them. (I wish all my students were as quick a study!)
For me, it was amazing to have this opportunity to pass something I am so passionate about onto the next generation as well as inspiring to witness her take it on with such eagerness. Delightfully, she shares my love of critters and all things nature and we spent hours in the landscape photographing anything and everything that caught our eyes. That girl is one smart cookie and obviously takes after her favorite aunt! 😉
I’m very proud of you, Linds, and love you very, very much! 🙂