Lens-Artists Challenge #211: What’s your photographic groove?

This week, Anne (Slow Shutter Speed) leads “what’s your photographic groove?”–What type of photography do you truly enjoy doing?

I had a Canon 7-ii when it first came out on the market. It was made for sport action photography. I thought it’d be perfect for capturing birds in flight shots. It took me a long while to learn about those features. To incorporate these into practices at the right time was another long struggle. I remember I  had to carry the manual wherever I traveled with this camera.

This is my first bird action shot with canon 70-300 mm lens. I was thrilled, say the least.

It was exciting to watch the whale jumping up and down.

I quickly learned that carrying this camera and lenses required some strength. I started my daily weightlifting workout so I could carry these gears in my backpack for birding and other trips.

Canadian Rockies:

Machu Picchu:

I also depend on my 7-ii and my macro lens for taking close-up/macro shots. Flowers and insects are my favorites. It gives me the joy of seeing the beauty of details, colors, and shapes through the lens.

A few years ago, I got the LUMIX FZ2500 which is lighter in weight than Canon 7-ii.

I’m always surprised by the click results of my iPhone:

A close-up shot with iPhone was not disappointing:

I’ll always enjoy photographing the beauty of landscape, birds, and flowers.  Thank you, Anne, for giving us an opportunity to share the story and photos of our photographic groove. Click here to view Anne’s beautiful photos and join us. Be sure to make a link to her site and tag your post.

Many thanks to Sarah Wilkie for last week’s theme. It was inspiring and fun to view your favorite images. Special thanks to our July guest hosts, Aletta, Jez, Andre and Tracy.

Patti will lead next week’s challenge. Be sure to visit her site.

62 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #211: What’s your photographic groove?

  1. A good reminder that achieving such wonderful results in your photography comes with a lot of planning and hard work. And apparently weight lifting! 🙂 Gorgeous photos, Amy.

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  2. Wonderful as always, Amy – and I was so impressed by your dedication to train for carrying heavier lenses! Wow! And beautiful images all over. That first bird capture – I could feel your satisfaction!

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  3. Beautiful photos. I’m also quite surprised by the quality of the seascape from your iPhone; phones are definitely getting interesting. Such a change. In the 20th century improvement in lenses brought better quality, now we find that algorithms can do the same with extremely primitive lenses. It’s like going towards insect eyes.

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    • Thank you, IJ! Well said. Digital cameras have given ordinary people, like me, to have fun with photography. Cell gives us the the freedom to take photos, anytime,anywhere. 🙂

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  4. No wonder you were thrilled with that first bird action shot – it’s fantastic! In some ways I wish I could manage to carry the range of equipment and lenses you do, but on the other hand I like being relatively unencumbered and always ready with my Lumix bridge camera, with no need to fish for the right lens. I could probably get some shots that I miss if I had more kit, but I wouldn’t be able to get to the places I do 🤨

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  5. I love your groove, Amy. It’s funny how even with intentions, our groove finds us. Love your capture of Machu Picchu. Stunning. Wondering what elevation you were at to get this great shot. Very nice. Donna

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  6. Nice groove Amy! It’s the weight of my longest lens that weighs me down. I need a monopod to shoot with it. I was taken down memory lane with your photo of Machu Picchu. I did the four day trek to the ruins. It was an epic experience. All of you photos are lovely in this post .Thanks for sharing them.

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      • The trek is amazing as there are other ruins on the way. But the altitude makes it slow going. When I did it there were no porters so I had to carry my tent and food. But I was worth doing for sure. I was with some other people and some of our group turned back on the first day. I’m glad I didn’t as the view and other ruins were amazing.

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  7. Terrific post Amy. Your flowers are really amazing. Your skill shows in all genres! I remember your story from the Grand Canyon and your humility as you talk about the many who have helped you along the way. You are ready to be the teacher instead of the student now (although of course we never stop learning!). Loved your post this week especially

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    • Thank you, Tina. So glad you remember reading my photo journey. There were many photographers offered me lessons and help along the way. But, I must say, I have learned much more from you and inspired by your remarkable photos. Can’t thank you enough. 🙂

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  8. Wow Amy what a groove! I love your birding shots and the fact that you did weight lifting to carry the heavy gear. All your photos are stunning. Oh by the way, this was the first time I got a notification of your post! Things are looking up.

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  9. Your trials of strength may illustrate one of the differences between a photographer – like you – and a snapshot-ist – like me. I can’t imagine ever being dedicated enough to tote around the equipment so many of you seem to be encumbered with. But I’m so glad you do it. The results are captivating.

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