28 Jun Why Focus Matters
Why Focus Matters
Focus is a critical part of photography
So if you’ve been reading my blog posts, this may seem like an odd statement.
I don’t take photos of birds.
And yes, I realize that my web site, blogs, and presentations all show photos of birds.
So what do I do?
I take photos of eyes. And I do this for two reasons.
First, if I can take a good photo of an eye, then the photo of the bird will be good.
Of course, if I just wanted to take photos of birds, the photo below might be considered fantastic.
Admittedly, it is sort of interesting. But I doubt that I could show an hour’s worth of photos like this at an Audubon meeting.
And that brings us to the main reason why I take photos of eyes.
I want to show life.
When I look into a bird’s eyes, I see a reflection of life. And that instills a sense of connection with all life.
So I hope that when people see photos of life in Nature, they will feel a connection with it.
And then, perhaps, that connection will lead them to have a greater respect for Nature.
Once people respect something, they take better care of it.
And this matters because we need to take better care of our environment.
So that’s why I take photos like the one below of a Forster’s Tern.
There are two important points here.
First, I began with a mission: To inspire respect for Nature. Then I asked myself how I could achieve it.
That question led me to realize that I could be most effective by putting my focus on the eye.
Second, I hope that I can move others toward sustainable values by building upon a common value (respect for life).
See more photos of eyes: Birds Up Close
Read my Mission Statement: Mission and Values
Help Birds Tip
Pick up Trash
Why: Trash kills birds. They become tangled in it or they become sick after eating it.
How: Put trash in trash cans. Or bring a container to collect trash while you’re your outside, and then dispose of it when practical.
The American Bird Conservancy’s web site contains valuable info. See: American Bird Conservancy
I recommend this highly informative, beautifully illustrated book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation