My "Third Eye"

Why "third eye views"? I think of my camera as my third eye, capturing images that my 2 eyes frequently miss. I am legally blind in one eye and very limited in the other. I got my first SLR camera when I was 18 years old and have been a hobby shutterbug ever since. I learned to shoot around the blurred vision and blind spots that developed over the next decade or so (meaning I can seldom use manual focus!) When a resulting shot turns out to be "successful", sometimes I am shocked and sometimes see elements in it that I didn't even know were there when I composed it. I hoped to aquire mad skills over the years and have learned a lot by trial and error. It's a great feeling when I carefully set up a shot and it turns out just how I envisioned it but sometimes I have to credit my successes to some intuitiveness on my part (or possibly by sheer accident!) In Eastern medicine, the third eye chakra is associated with inner sight, which surely must at times be kicking in where my literal sight leaves off. Enjoy the pics and know that for every good shot, there are a dozen bad ones and that good or bad, I have enjoyed every single click of the shutter.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Social butterfly

This photo was the result of my first attempt at close-up photography. Rather than buying an expensive macro lens, I used an extension tube to increase the distance between the lens and the camera, which allows focusing at close range. This was taken with a Canon SLR film camera. I don't remember the film speed or shutter speed but I used a wide aperature to create a shallow depth of field, resulting in the blurred background. This butterfly was feasting on my lantana bush and very nicely posed for this shot.
(from the Flora, Fauna gallery)

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