Going to the Amazon was such a treat. I was quite excited to admire new things and capture them with my relatively new camera gear. I have been into photography for several years, and I thought this was my time to shine: Nothing but time, my favorite camera, good lenses, and the shots of a lifetime.
I got an education in what serious photographers must go through. The Amazon is a tough animal to tame.
Here are a few examples of the challenges I faced:
- Constantly moving boats through the rivers
- Wildlife that would not stay still (birds, monkeys, dolphins, etc.)
- Insects that never stop moving (ants, wasps, butterflies, etc.)
- Night time walks in the jungle where the only light is what you bring with you
- Trees that provided too much coverage and camouflage
- Distances in excess of my lenses
- Low light settings from dawn to sunset to shade to thick foliage
These challenges provided a much more even playing field of photographer against nature. I took plenty of pictures, and I can’t use more than half to due lack of focus, focus in the wrong area, blur, or unable to tell what I took a photo of. It was supremely challenging. Here are some examples; the crap photo followed by a better version:
They never stop moving, so you have to compensate as best you can.
The best of my leaf ant photos.
Tough to get a sharp shot even when they are sitting still!
At least a decent shot when it wasn't trying to fly away from us.
A good shot in flight is even tougher!!
One of my better panning shots of a kingfisher in flight.
A bright blue butterfly in the air, since they never seem to land.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed my time in the Amazon shooting pictures of everything that moved. I learned so much about light, camera settings, and even my own gear and its limitations. I did take some crackin’ shots, but I left many out there. Well, I’ll just have to go back and give it another go.
So continues my incomplete photography education during my year off and abroad…