My Canon’s First Photo

I think it’s important that when you showcase some of your artwork you should also give some sort of insight into your work, from what type of camera you used, or why you decided to take a photo of that particular piece of art or subject, and what was going through your mind at the time.

My very first post will be about the very first picture that I had taken, and that was of a squirrel that was on a tree, this was one of the first photos that I had taken with my own Canon 700D. I actually had it for a couple of months before I first used it, and had done some photography projects and work at university, “Which will come up in later posts” however I still was nervous in my own ability. I therefore spent the next few weeks reading photography books and jotting down notes to help me improve my skills and get comfortable with my new camera, experimenting with all the different modes. 

The photo wasn’t taken far from where I live, I thought I might as well start local if I’m going to practice, take pictures of the simple things that you come across everyday. It was on my journey exploring my surroundings when I wondered down a road, one that I’ve never actually been down before. “You know the road that you pass everyday but never really pay any attention to, well this time I did”. It was no different to any other road in the area or in most areas, this didn’t matter, with photography you can capture a great moment in any environment if you just look closely. 

Capturing the photo of the squirrel was no easy task as you can probably imagine, however it was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up and gave me the chance to experiment on taking a photo of a fast moving subject. Naturally the squirrel was perfect and fit this criteria. The moment it ran passed me and started to head up the tree I knew I had to try and capture the image before the chance had gone. This picture was taken with a 75-300mm, f/4-5.6 III lens to reduce the risk of disturbing the squirrel, at ISO speed 6,400. The photo has no changes made to it, done to showcase the beauty and realness of nature, it wasn’t about enhancing the colour of the picture or making the squirrel itself sharper. It was just about practicing my skills by photographing a squirrel in its natural habitat and what that truly looks like.  

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