In an effort to improve my photography skills, I decided to go on a photo safari. Have you heard of them? Real photo safaris involve people paying money to go out in a small group with an instructor to shoot in a designated area. In Chicago there are really popular ones that meet at Navy Pier, The Lincoln Park Zoo, and Millennium Park.
My friend Ashley and I decided to have our own photo safari. We took a little road trip up to the Chicago Botanic Gardens (if you haven't been it's GORGEOUS!) and spent the afternoon snapping away. It was lots of fun, and I also learned a lot. I shot on manual the whole day, and remained really patient with myself when my settings weren't just as I hoped. The day was bright and sunny, and generally wonderful for being outside.
Before I share my photos, here are my lessons learned:
1. After several hours of shooting, I only took 69 photos. Either I am a perfectionist, or...
2. I am more inspired by people than plants/flowers/scenery.
Both of these discoveries make sense. I can only take so many photos of pretty flowers. But also, I imagine my shutter would have been clicking a lot more on a human subject. They move, they change expression, they require more "film". And yes, I don't just wing a shot. I have to feel it. So, I guess I only felt it about 69 times. (Could that sound more wrong?)
Here are some highlights of the day:
All images are SOOC (straight out of the camera). No editing!