Turning Point – Anna VanDemark’s “My Prince”

Below is Anna VanDemark’s Turning Point image:

©Anna VanDemark

©Anna VanDemark

 

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!

About the Author

Photographing the incredible beauty of natural things, filming quirky videos, trying new foods with unpronounceable names, curling up with a good book, sharing ideas on how to live lighter on the Earth...these are a few of my favourite things!

7 Comments

  1. Anna
    June 20, 2013

    Thanks, Sam and Darwin, for including me in your Turning Point series!

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  2. Johnny Vonk
    June 21, 2013

    Hello Anna,

    In my opinion nothing wrong with your choice of DOF. I’m no painter but would have mada a similar choice, because for me the focus must also be on the eye and all the rest may be going out of focus.

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    • Anna
      June 21, 2013

      Thanks Johnny, that’s nice to hear! I’ve been learning by trial and error. I’m enjoying the process.

  3. Lisa Gordon
    June 21, 2013

    This is a wonderful photograph, Anna.

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    • Anna
      June 21, 2013

      Thanks Lisa! So kind of you to stop by. I always appreciate and value your comments.

  4. Candace
    June 29, 2013

    I like the DOF, yes, probably not what a nature photographer would choose but really nice. Her eyes look like they’re made of gold.

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    • Anna
      July 3, 2013

      Thanks Candace! Macro photography certainly makes us aware of nature’s amazing details.

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