Where everything is a photograph, waiting for the eye of appreciation.

About Ol’ Jer

Welcome to “Keeping My Eye On the Sparrow”

A journey from then to “NOW”

Self PortraitA photographic journey with the intent to become a professional photographer.

A journey as an amateur that started with my first cameras, then a photo blog…Phoport.

Followers of this blog I take as seriously as friendship. Both take trust and communication. If you feel there is something about my photos that may improve my photography, then by all means leave a comment.

Comments, communication and trust make for strong relationships.

Once again welcome.

A short story about the beginning of my photographic journey in photography and my first photo blog, to PhoPort to my new photo blog as seen from the eye of my new camera,  “Keeping My Eye On the Sparrow”.

Life Is About change, Nothing Remains the Same.

The same goes for my blog at PhoPort.

First of all, I’d like to say I really do appreciate everyone that has followed me, complimented and commented on and “LIKEd” my photos I posted at PhoPort.

The purpose of my blog at PhoPort was a means for me to look back and reflect on where I came from to (hopefully) where I’m going in learning photography. From a total amateur photographer on the road to (to some degree) a professional photographer.

PhoPort was a place I hoped to get feed back as a barometer to how well I’m progressing towards my goal.

I appreciate more than there are words to express, you that have followed me on my journey and have commented. I have learned a lot from those comments. I have learned a lot from following you and getting ideas for my improvement of looking through the lens more creatively. For those of you that didn’t comment and clicked the “LIKE” button tells me I doing something right because if you didn’t like my photos, I suppose you would not have clicked “LIKE”. However, that is not saying I don’t need to improve…I do. ;)

I started taking photographs of everything outside of the norm family, friends and pets. Not that I don’t appreciate photographing those subjects…I do. However, I find a greater beauty in many more differing subjects to photograph.

There is someone out there that would/could appreciate a photo of a garbage dump. Everything is a photograph a waiting an appreciative eye That’s my motto and I’m sticking to it.

My biggest photography passion is in the unseen/unnoticed wee world of the Creator. The world at the level of one’s feet. The level where most are too busy to sit and observe or the eyes are unable to see detail that small. Hence the title of my new blog “Keeping My Eye On the Sparrow”. A place to display where I focus mostly with my photos…on the details, the smaller things in life.

With my first camera, the Canon PowerShot A460, in 2006 I won a photo competition and my photo was published in a well known photo book with the photo “Creation, God’s Passion”.

Two years later I took a photo of an asp (a stinging caterpillar) titled “Out On A Limb” which impressed me. Not because I knew what I was doing at the time…certainly I did not.

To me those two photos were awesome and really fueled my passion for photography, especially macro.

Above is the Canon PowerShot A460 and the photos taken with it.

I never pursued photography much, I guess because of self doubt and the fact that my Canon PowerShot A460 started taking over exposed photographs. That in and of itself was badly discouraging.

I began to miss my camera and about 8 months ago I found a Canon PowerShot S2 IS in a pawnshop. I didn’t know much about cameras until I had done some reading. I thought the camera I found was a DSLR. NOT!!!!

Below are photos of the Canon PowerShot S2 IS and photos taken with it.

I put the camera on layaway and made a few monthly payments to get it out. Come to find out, yes, it was a digital camera but with a fixed lens and auto focus. Don’t get me wrong, they have their place in the world of photography. As I found out later, for macro photography, it was not going to make the cut.

I did decide though, I’d learn all about aperture, shutter speed, ISO and all the other little bells and whistles that DSLR cameras have and learn the PowerShot S2 IS before thinking about an upgrade.

So 8 months ago, I started snapping shots going by examples and various lessons. I was like a kid with a new water pistol, I couldn’t keep my finger off the trigger.

When the photos reached a point that it may have looked like I might have learned something, I started looking into blogs. I must have a place to display my photographic works and accomplishments to get feed back. That blog was PhoPort.

Now comes the time to move up and on.

By this time tomorrow (05-06-2013 ) I will have a Canon EOS Rebel T3. The story of how the acronym EOS became part of my blog title will be coming at a latter date.

The Canon EOS Rebel T3  to me, it is a major upgrade. I have already set up flight training at NASA’s Cape Canaveral so I can learn how to get around all those buttons, switches, hot and cold running door knobs that thing has. Holy shutterbug.

If you made it this far without jumping from the train I’m blessed and grateful.

May your photographic journey carry you up and beyond your expectations and it defy “ALL” understanding.

83 responses

  1. To photograph Nature you have to know the nature of Nature first. Really wonderful.

    March 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    • Thank you Harbans.

      March 23, 2014 at 6:18 am

      • Thanks and regards

        March 23, 2014 at 8:49 am

      • My pleasure.

        Thanks and regards.

        March 24, 2014 at 9:48 am

  2. Pauline Jones

    I look forward to seeing more of your photos and reading about your journey into the world of photography.

    February 15, 2014 at 8:22 am

    • Thank you kindly Pauline.

      March 10, 2014 at 8:07 pm

  3. Howdy Y’all! Them’s mighty purty pictures, all of ‘em…..

    ( I finally realized that it facilitates communication to register with WordPress so my emails will be seen….duh)

    November 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm

  4. Hi again Jerry! Been seeing a lot of your photos on Facebook.
    All of them beautiful.
    I hope you are doing OK in your new place. Kind of hard to keep track of where you are!
    But that’s life…always changing!! Sometimes I wish it would just stand peacefully still for at least a day or two.

    October 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    • HA! I replied to this and it never showed. Thank you very much Mary. Well, I’ll just reply again. I’m doing ok. I’m 8 miles south of Tyler, Texas…Whitehouse. I’m with you on that wish.

      October 30, 2013 at 8:24 pm

  5. I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Your blog is a reflection of you and you are an inspiration. You can find it here:


    October 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    • I am honored and really do appreciate it Night Owl but for me they are too time consuming, something I don’t have a lot of. I stopped doing the awards about 6 months ago. Hope you understand.

      October 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      • Not a problem :) I really appreciate your work and want others to experience it as well! Take care :)

        October 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm

  6. Fantastic photos! I wish I had an eye for beauty like that. :)

    Thanks for following Lessons by heart.

    Praising Jesus who created a beautiful world for us to enjoy!

    August 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    • Thank you Tami. You do have the eye for it or you would not recognize the beauty in the photos. ;)

      August 30, 2013 at 6:30 pm

  7. Thanks for following my blog, Jerry. I am truly honored…

    August 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    • You’re very welcome Hope. And I thank you for your visit. I love photography and hope you do as well.

      August 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm

  8. Leigh

    Would really like to learn and follow you; however, I guess you could say I am visually impaired in a strange way. I do have lupus among some other things…one being orbital myositis and I had cataract surgery last summer. For some odd reason I can’t read the yellow print you are using. ..at all! Is it possible for you to change to a different color?
    Thanks so much,

    August 17, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    • Thank you Leigh, I have changed all the yellow links on this page to white, however, the links are no longer live or working. hopefully that will help you. :)

      August 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

  9. LA

    I was wondering, is this just on phones, or would it be on an iPad as well? I don’t want to post any pictures/videos of my girls from the iPad until I know! Thanks!

    August 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

    • I have no idea LA. You would have to research it further.

      August 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

  10. Janet VB

    Thanks for the encouragement to keep shooting….just got back from Alaska with lots of pictures to sort through…..lots of surprises from my awesome under $200 camera. Almost as good as the critters in my WI backyard.

    August 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm

  11. kay schumacher

    Love looking @ your photos and reading about our work!

    August 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm

  12. Susan Slaughter

    I am a breast cancer ASS KICKER xS two separate diseases and I have found a new interest in photography with my new iPhone 5. I am the girl that could take a snap at that garbage dump and suddenly it’s a field of Dahlias to the observer. I love shooting even old dirty burnt wood and finding something so earthly and humble in it. Even though I have lived 46 years, I feel my life has just began again. I would love to capture time each day through photography . Borrowed time could be my best and most treasured time.

    August 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm

  13. Very Nice work Hope to see Much more from you

    August 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

  14. Marge

    My husband and I liked photography and took some shots in the garden, thinking that one day, after retirement , we might take it more seriously. He researched cameras off and on and decided that for us, the key to getting a treasured photograph would be to take several pictures of the chosen subject and chances of getting a “keeper” would increase.
    He retired 3 years ago and I in Oct. He had adjusted to retirement and I was still adjusting, figuring out the rest of my life. He became ill and we spent our time with doctors and hospitals. He passed away June 25, 2013. After grief finally let me see straight again, I’ve been thinking about getting a good camera and photographing life as it unfolds for me–especially landscapes and nature.
    It was a blessing to see your website and know that others are out there doing the same thing. Photography is one way for our history to be recorded. It also seems like such a fulfilling activity.

    August 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  15. Rebecca McAfee Wheeler

    I love to take pictures, and your info was very helpful. Thanks!

    August 14, 2013 at 10:42 am

  16. I* can unbderstand your nervousness, however, my studio is nature…outdoors, so no special lighting and so fourth. You will get it all together. :)

    August 14, 2013 at 10:02 am

  17. Thank you Bob, I couldn’t agree more.

    August 14, 2013 at 10:00 am

  18. Wendy Ann Kostense

    Very Impressive. I’d be interested in persueing my photography hobby. And maybe becoming a professional Photographer. Perhaps I should consider doing a course with u. Pls let me know if its possible. Thanks. Wendy.

    August 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    • I don’t do lessons Wendy but can lead you to some of the best learning sources and tools on the internet…for FREE.

      August 14, 2013 at 10:14 am

      • jenn

        Can u please show me the free internet learning sources and tools? Thanks so much!

        August 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      • Chunti

        I would be very much interested in those learning sources and tools you are referring to….I am amateur in photography and would like to advance my knowledge. Love your stuff.

        August 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm

  19. Hilda Snyder

    Very interesting story. I’m also doing the photography thing and still learning. I’m using the Nikon D3000. I didn’t know the difference of all the cameras only the price difference. But I enjoy all the tips and lessons of other photographers. And I agree with you that it is important to have a eye for taking the perfect picture.

    August 13, 2013 at 6:08 am

    • Thank you Hildfa.

      August 14, 2013 at 9:58 am

  20. shariifah

    I love pictures too,but like you,not the norms! I prefer inanimate pictures…food ,and snacks pictures not left out! Unfortunatly I have never taken a shot from a camera! I got here per chance,through a friend. Would you tell me a type of camera to buy,cheap and for a novice too? Your blog’s going to be my inspiration,I think the phones r about to be laid to rest,time for the camera to take over! What do you think?

    August 13, 2013 at 12:55 am

    • Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Thank you for the compliment. I would suggest one of the Canon Powershots. A great camera to start with.

      August 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

  21. I’m feeling honoured that you have visited. Your photos via Phoport were stunning. This post makes interesting reading about your camera upgrades. It really just shows that having ‘the eye’ is so important. Anyone can have a fancy, expensive camera but it’s what you notice and how creatively you capture an image is the thing – garbage dump or not!

    July 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    • Thank you wildsherkin for you kindness. I have to agree with you 100%. :)

      July 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    • Thank you wildsherkin.

      August 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm

  22. Hi, I nominated you for the Liebster Award http://nightmarelogic.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/passing-on-the-feeling-an-award/ No worries either way, just wanted to let you know I enjoy your blog!

    July 22, 2013 at 7:59 am

    • Thank you very much NL for thinking of me. I stopped doing the awards a long time ago because they require too much time. Thanks again.

      July 22, 2013 at 9:17 am

      • Not at all – I’m new to this and have just learned the hard way!

        July 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

        • If I can be of help, my email address is on my contact page of this blog. ;)

          July 22, 2013 at 10:02 am

  23. thank you for your many visits to my blog and your thoughtful comments, Jerry!

    July 21, 2013 at 9:15 am

    • And I thank you for allowing me to be a part of your world.

      July 21, 2013 at 10:25 am

  24. Hey Jerry! I am still using a Canon Powershot. I have never been brave enough to purchase a DSLR. I am afraid I would never get past the manual. :)

    July 14, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    • Hi Mary, happy to see you again. Just between me, you and the fence post I ‘v seen photos by powershots (including my own) take as good, if not better photographs as DSLRs. The eye makes the photographer not the camera. The camera produces the quality. ;) Are you be chance on facebook?

      July 15, 2013 at 8:56 am

  25. MT BLU

    Liked and followed.

    June 27, 2013 at 8:43 am

    • Thank you MT Blu. :)

      June 27, 2013 at 8:50 am

    • Thank you MT Blu. :)

      June 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm

  26. You wrote: “There is someone out there that would/could appreciate a photo of a garbage dump. Everything is a photograph a waiting an appreciative eye That’s my motto and I’m sticking to it.”….yes, that would be me…I not only LOVE your photographs…the YOU catching so much life in all that crawls and is upon Mother Earth….but your writing above is exquisite! You are courageous and are so accomplished in what you do! I admire your courage to continue learning…it gives me hope and courage to do the same…for YOU have met your goal!

    June 17, 2013 at 5:38 am

    • Thank you Johann. I’m at a loss for words to reply and not sure there are enough words that would express my gratitude and thanks. :)

      June 17, 2013 at 6:29 am

  27. I have nominated you for “One lovely blog award” i love your work.
    for information about the award if you choose to accept it at http://sjri.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/one-lovely-blog-award

    June 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    • Thank you so much snappycat for thinking of me and the compliment. I’m honored that you would pick me, however, I really don’t have the time to do the awards.

      June 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      • thanks OK, you deserve the award

        June 4, 2013 at 10:41 pm

        • And there are not enough words to express my gratitude. Thank you.

          June 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

  28. LB

    Congratulations on your new blog and the continuing journey!

    May 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    • Jerry

      Thank you for being a wonderful part of my journey.

      May 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  29. Jerry, I love this post of your developing journey as a photographer! I , too, love macro photography. I shoot with Canon EOS 7D and I was fortunate enough to get a Canon 180mm macro lens. I can’t wait to see more from you!

    May 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

    • Jerry

      Thank you Carolyn for your kindness, comment and compliment. Above all, thanks for the appreciative eye. I hope as time goes along I will be able to get above and beyond the limits of a 55mm lens. However, there is no major hurry until I master this one. ;)

      May 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

  30. Toni Slate

    Jerry I’m happy for your friendship. :) Your blog is super special because you are recording life with a camera. Your graphical work history and achievements are impressive and I look forward to coming back to see what you’re up to.

    Peace and love to you,
    Toni :)

    May 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    • Jerry

      Thank you Toni, the door is always open. I’ll be knocking on your again. ;)

      May 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm

  31. kilted1

    I had an S3 IS once . I loved the macro and the tilt screen it had . Marvellous for using low down or on a tripod

    May 9, 2013 at 1:35 am

    • Jerry

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I would have to say the same for the S2 IS. Probably not a major difference between the S2 & S3. The S2 had capabilities that the new EOS 1100D (took the EOS 1000D back) doesn’t have…the flip out rotating screen. For me that is a major plus to have. However, I guess that is why they make add on angled view finders. ;)

      May 9, 2013 at 7:59 am

  32. Nice post :-) I look forward to following your new blog. The Canon PowerShot A460 was / is one of the best compacts out there. We used them a lot for project work and I bought one for one of my daughters. I have never found a compact that matches it, even the upgrades of the PowerShot. My other daughter has the Canon 1000D and does a great job with it.

    May 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

    • Jerry

      The A460 is an awesome little pocket camera, can’t agree more. The Powershot S2 IS was 6-7 years old when I got it and as you can see in the photo, badly worn but it got me through and taught me a lot. :)

      May 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm

  33. I look forward to enjoying more of the details and little things in your life…. an appreciation we share :-)

    May 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

    • Jerry

      Thank you so much Nightmare Logic. And I appreciate the like mindedness…Welcome. ;)

      May 3, 2013 at 9:40 am

  34. This is wonderful, Jerry! I am so excited for you and this new journey. Please forgive my ignorance, will you be keeping the Phoport blog along with this one?

    May 3, 2013 at 9:18 am

    • Jerry

      Thank you Mary. I will keep Phoport for a time til I decide what to do with it. This new blog is step forward in my photographic journey. I have some photos from my old camera that I was going to use for a first time shot at photo journalism, so I might go ahead and do that on the old blog. I think I have a new B&W there waiting for you…I think, :)

      May 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

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