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Dec 15, 2022 09:34:49   #
joehel2 Loc: Cherry Hill, NJ
 
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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Dec 15, 2022 10:13:27   #
camshot Loc: Peterborough ontario Canada
 
There is really nothing wrong with your photography, if you feel there is, keep at it till you see the improvements you feel are to your pleasing. I shoot photos for my enjoyment, and if other folks like them great. Join a photography club and see what others are doing, you can learn a lot from others. Welcome

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Dec 15, 2022 10:42:32   #
Earnest Botello Loc: Hockley, Texas
 
Welcome to the Forum, Sakwes, we all started as amateurs, great set of pictures, enjoy.

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Dec 15, 2022 11:15:07   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
Welcome to UHH. I find it a great place to make "friends from afar" and share experiences through the lens of those in numerous subcategories.

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Dec 15, 2022 11:50:29   #
Thomas902 Loc: Washington DC
 
"...I wish I were a better photographer..." As with most every craft, perseverance and dedication may indeed yield a "bettering" of one's skill set...

Oft said, when your work is your play and your play is your work you have arrived... until then everything else is a compromise...

"...I don't do photography for profit..." In time you may well rethink that...

Loving your rendering of the Yellow Headed Blackbird Sakwes... Stellar composition, epic color harmonies...

"They sing like a rusty hinge..." possibly that may be because you're not a female Yellow Headed Blackbird...
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-headed_Blackbird/id#

"...attain the level of professional..." No worries Sakwes... Photography is merely a "Craft" which doesn't require either academic credentials nor Local, State, or Federal licensure i.e. regulation of license credential, as virtually all professions require...

That said those who sell/market photographic equipment perpetuates that myth that "Professional Photography" and/or photographic excellence is a consumer commodity...

However when I incorporated as a LLC my Home Owner's Insurance Policy was cancelled and I had to pay a huge premium to become insured again. Yes there was a tax advantage for incorporation albeit simply not anywhere near enough to cover the my insurance coverage. btw, shooting Weddings and such without commercial liability insurance is a recipe for financial disaster...

Oh, final thought... If you seriously want to compare your current work to those at the Upper Echelon of the "Craft" please consider joining flickr. There you will find imagery by those who have reached the zenith of the Art & Craft of Photography.

Wishing you all the best on your photographic journey Sakwes...
And much joy and happiness over the Holiday Season with family and friends!

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Dec 15, 2022 13:10:53   #
Tom DePuy Loc: Waxhaw, N.C.
 
Sakwes wrote:
Thanks.

I wish I were a better photographer. But I doubt I'll ever attain the level of professional and honestly that's okay with me. I don't do photography for profit, it's not what motivates me.

I take photos so I can share with others, things they may never have the opportunity to see for themselves.


Welcome, I came here as a total amature, I have learned a lot while here, still consider myself an amature, and as long as I'm happy with my photos, that is all that matters to me.

Tom

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Dec 15, 2022 14:57:47   #
NDMarks Loc: Dublin, Ca
 
photophly wrote:
Welcome to the Hog 🦔


So you are not a professional photographer, well welcome to the club!! Many of us only take photos to satisfy ourselves. I will never be as proficient as some of the more learned on this forum but I have no desire to ever be that good but you know what - no one on this group has ever criticized me for it, so welcome to the real world of amateurs.

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Dec 15, 2022 15:17:20   #
LeRoy V. Loc: Oro Valley, Az
 
Welcome to the site, I'm not a professional either but I enjoy the site and what other photographers have to say. Lots of great people on the site. Enjoy and have a great Holiday season.

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Dec 15, 2022 15:42:18   #
PhotogHobbyist Loc: Bradford, PA
 
Sakwes wrote:
I've looked at several posts and it looks to me as though I am no where near as good at photgraphy as the rest of you are.

I'll post a few of my photos to see what the rest of you think, do I belong here or not?


I'll vote to allow you here, your photos look better than mine.

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Dec 15, 2022 16:15:05   #
Sakwes Loc: Peace River, Alberta, Canada
 
Thomas902 wrote:


"...I don't do photography for profit..." In time you may well rethink that...

I doubt I have enough time left, I'm 68 years old and my health has declined significantly in recent years.

Thomas902 wrote:

Loving your rendering of the Yellow Headed Blackbird Sakwes... Stellar composition, epic color harmonies...
Thank you, I'm glad you like it.

Thomas902 wrote:

"They sing like a rusty hinge..." possibly that may be because you're not a female Yellow Headed Blackbird...

LOL Very good point, I'm sure the females think it sounds divine!

Thomas902 wrote:

Oh, final thought... If you seriously want to compare your current work to those at the Upper Echelon of the "Craft" please consider joining flickr. There you will find imagery by those who have reached the zenith of the Art & Craft of Photography.

I have a flickr account that I've been locked out of since their last upgrade. I even called them and they walked me through correcting the problem, but to no avail. As soon as I logged out I wound up back where I had been.


Thomas902 wrote:

"...attain the level of professional..." No worries Sakwes... Photography is merely a "Craft" which doesn't require either academic credentials nor Local, State, or Federal licensure i.e. regulation of license credential, as virtually all professions require...

Good point. I guess what I'm saying is I wish I could use a camera as well as many who do it for a living.
As it is I have to rely heavily on spray and shoot and editing software.

I have missed so many great, or once in a lifetime shots because I didn't choose the right settings or didn't notice I was using the wrong settings. Rooky mistakes. Far too many rooky mistakes.

Like this shot, I still don't know what I could have done differently,
These birds are very hard to photograph, they stick to dense under story growth where there is a lot for the camera to focus on and lots of deep shadows.

This is the best shot I have of them, out of hundreds shot.



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Dec 15, 2022 17:02:31   #
jack schade Loc: La Pine Oregon
 
Welcome to the forum.

jack

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Dec 15, 2022 17:43:14   #
NDMarks Loc: Dublin, Ca
 
Again, welcome to the site or as I see it, cheap photography education. The picture of the birds seems to my uneducated eyes, to be a matter of adjusting the focal length to bring the foreground more into focus. Again remember I am a true amateur. That's one of the great things about digital photography - you can take multiple shots and simple keep the best one and delete the rest.

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Dec 15, 2022 18:15:41   #
smilenangler Loc: The Flood City, Pa.
 
welcome, keep on shooting...

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Dec 15, 2022 18:31:04   #
PAR4DCR Loc: A Sunny Place
 
Welcome to UHH Sakwes, glad you joined us. Yes, you belong.
Enjoyed seeing your images. Most of us here are not pros and are trying to learn more about our craft to improve.
Have fun, learn and enjoy the forum.

Don

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Dec 15, 2022 19:52:21   #
Sakwes Loc: Peace River, Alberta, Canada
 
Thanks everyone.

I might even be able to offer a tip or two myself.

For example, I shoot in raw format. As anyone who uses that format knows it can be hard to find photo editing software that works with raw format files.

I started with the software bundled with the camera but found it cumbersome to use.

Then I discovered that a program I used a lot to view img files was also capable of doing all the photo editing I wished to do, and it can view and edit most types of raw format files

That software is faststone

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