About Ol’ Jer
Welcome to “Keeping My Eye On the Sparrow”
A journey from then to “NOW”
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.