I started in my backyard...

If you've discovered your love for photography and you're wondering what can you do to get started building a solid understanding of the basics to photography, you can start right in your own backyard!


Homegrown Gourd

This is a gourd that grew unannounced in my backyard. I wasn't sure what to do with it, so I decided to carve out a hole and gut it. Then I hung it from a tree in the backyard, hoping to gain some new bird tenants.

The way the light from the sun hit the camera and washed out the sky made for a lovely photo.

The green from the leaves create a bold contrast against the aging brown gourd.

The holes in the leaves where the light/white comes through draws your eyes to the color change happening on the gourd with the brown and white. You have practice with focus on background and foreground.

Experiment! You never know what you'll discover!


And then there were three...

I was washing my car one day and I could hear faint chirping sounds. I decided to take a peek in the gourd and discovered these three beauties!

It took me at least 20 tries to capture this particular shot, but I encourage you not to be afraid to take multiple images, this gives you an opportunity to get the right one. This let me practice using my flash and working with a tiny enclosure. This hole is about 5 inches round, so you can imagine the concentration for this shot!

Needless to say, I almost had my eyes gouged out by the overprotective parents, but the beauty of photography is that every image has a story to tell and it takes you back to the exact moment or experience you had. In this case, I am thankful that I still have my sight!