An “A” Day

Lately I’ve been desperate for the beach, but Radnor Lake is the closest body of water to where we live and I thought it might satisfy my craving. I decided to take my camera on a field trip yesterday hoping to capture some epic shots; well, definitely no beach and no epic shots, but I certainly enjoyed my time and learned a lot.

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I promise it’s much more beautiful in person – but still very green.

It was a gorgeous afternoon and the weather was perfect – just enough sun and a (relatively) dryish breeze for May in Nashville. Lighting was pretty good – at least it was to me, an amateur who barely picked up the camera just a few days ago (What do I know?).

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This shot looked a whole lot better in my mind. So much to learn…

As I was hiking I noticed some other people with cameras and felt a little less awkward and a little more bold. Glad I wasn’t the only nerd! I don’t usually care too much about how people perceive me but for some reason wearing a camera around my neck makes me feel really self-conscious (Although I don’t mind contorting my body and spending several minutes with my iPhone trying to capture the perfect shot in public. Weird!).

 

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Got on the ground for this one. This looked so cool in real life and on my camera’s little screen though! 😦

I realized I suck at sucking – or, put a little more gracefully – I tend to beat myself up over something I’m new and not very good at. Buuuut… I can honestly say I liked 2.5 out of over 50 shots I took in manual mode (A big victory for me.)! That’s about 5% of the shots I took, which is better than 0%!

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My face was all up on this bee! I guess the camera also makes me fearless…?!
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I know this is missing something, but I’m at least happy with the lighting.
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Probably used the wrong lens for this but I think with the right one it’s kind of a cool concept.

Overall there was a little progress, a lot of joy, and some dehydration from being so in the zone and getting carried away for a couple hours.

I’d say it was an “A” day, and I think I’m gonna keep doing this.

❤ amanda mae

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