This morning, on Facebook, I read a post that got me thinking. When you meet an author you admire, you don’t say, “I love your writing, you must have a great word processor.” When you meet a painter, you don’t ask, “Beautiful painting, what paint brushes do you use?” Here’s a great example, in a nice restaurant, where you really enjoy the cuisine, you don’t pay compliments to the stove.
With most artists, people are awed by the artist’s creativity, and know how; so why are photographers always complimented on the camera they use. I can’t count the amount of times someone has looked at my photographs, and said “You must have a great camera.” They just don’t realize the amount of work that goes into the art of photography, or the creativity it takes to overcome obstacles in order to get that one “perfect” moment.
Before I get carried away (and on this subject I can) let me just say; it doesn’t matter what camera you use, or how much equipment you have. All that matters is that you learn how to handle your equipment, and that you know what you want to say with your pictures.
With that said, here is a special picture I took on my last street photography session in Portland. I call this one “The Birdman of Portland”
If you notice, this man is not homeless; he is just retired, and his greatest pleasure is coming out daily to give the birds a loaf of bread. He told me that he was fined 50 dollars for this activity, but it was worth it. I even had one of the birds land on my camera case which gave us both a laugh.
I hope you enjoy the picture.