Below is Anna VanDemark’s Turning Point image:
I was trained as a painter. Thus, when I purchased a DSLR three years ago, the technical aspects of photography posed the biggest challenges. One significant turning point came when I discovered the combined use of Live View, a remote shutter release, and sturdy tripod. Up to that point, achieving adequate focus had been a hit or miss affair. What a pleasure it was to finally have a bit more control!
This image was made around the time I became hooked on Live View. While photographing a picturesque waterfall, I spied this character adorned with hemlock needles. She sat still the whole time I carefully moved closer and closer, all the while making images. Could her thoughts have run along these lines? “Holy Hannah, look at that giant predator…five legs and three eyes…what shall I do?…I best sit tight and maybe it won’t see me!” Thanks to Live View and a still frog, I was able to capture this image.
Also, I would guess that my DOF choices are more of what a painter might choose and not the choices that nature photographers would make. But, I’m following my own instincts with this new, to me, medium. Funny, but I find getting the f/stop that suits my vision for a piece is still my biggest dilemma!