Eagerly taking a few steps on the path, Hubby was no longer next to me. Stopping then turning, I reluctantly retraced my steps back to the parking lot where hubby was rooted in place, gaping at his camera in complete dismay.
A bombardment of questions hit me as Hubby asked how? where? what?, all questions about his camera. Regarding him in disbelief, I said, “Really? Now is not the time to figure out your camera, Hubby. Besides, I don’t know how to use yours. We are here to walk and take pictures. You’ll have to figure things out as we walk.”
Again heading towards the Forest path, he followed, still mumbling. He’s not really good with hands-on learning like I am. He’s the manual for everything type of guy. Knowing if I gave in to his confounded confusion, we would be standing in the parking lot for an extended length of time. I forced his “hand” by insisting we walk. Darn it but we only had a very brief window of time! We really couldn’t afford to dawdle.
Snagging his curiosity, I asked, “Hey, you wanna see the huge snapping turtle I saw when I was last here?” “Sure”, he replied. On the way to the little pond we saw a snake and squirrel. I chose to capture both while Hubby just stood there watching and …
While attempting to get the snake in focus on all the wrong settings (I was set up for landscape not wildlife) I unmistakingly hear Hubby …. “Make sure you get the head in focus.” Not surprised but PO’ed [it does get old!] that again he was telling me how to do something while he observed, I responded by saying, “Are you serious? I don’t see YOU trying to get a shot of this snake! You have no idea how hard this is!”
Look what he missed out on, though. High 5 to moi!
[Single shot drive mode and center AF point only with both images. Whew! For you non-photographers … that is tough!]
We then continued down to the pond where we did see that huge snapping turtle. I pointed him out to Hubby. He finally did decide he couldn’t miss on a non-moving LARGE turtle [21 in.-53.35mm diameter] to take a picture of.
Hey, don’t miss the baby [6 in.-15.24mm diameter] on the log over there!
“How come when I turn the main knob my shutter speed and f-stop changes?”, I heard. “Cuz you are in shutter priority.” “No, I’m not. I’m in manual.” “No, Hubby. You aren’t. Manual is M. You are in TV.” Sure enough, I was right and he changed modes. Simple. I just kept right on walking until my eyes caught something and then ….
I took this picture
and this one,
while Hubby took this one.
[Don’t mind the swollen face. I had an allergic reaction to Echinacea. Vanity? LOL Throw that right out the window! FYI … that camera and lens setup is a lot heavier then it looks!]
Unfortunately we did not get far. Between Hubby dragging his feet, and he and I both taking pictures, time flew. Now he understands how swiftly time flies when I go out with my camera.
Firsthand in that Forest, Hubby saw how my eyes see and I blew him away. Several times he just stood staring at me, amazement written all over his face …. “But where?” “How did you?” … as I pointed out to show him what I did. I told him this is what happens when a person practices with her camera. [Hint hint] He’s really good with a camera but his excuse not to shoot …. He likes film.
When Hubby noticed the time, we had not even gone 1/5th of the way I had planned! We had to go home. On the way back I just had to shoot this and while I was …
Hubby shot this.
As we neared the parking lot, Hubby elatedly declared with great enthusiasm, “This is the first time I really understand my camera. Honey! I cannot believe how much I learned from you today. Wow!”
Wonders never cease. The man only has had this camera for what? three years now? Better late then never. Now to keep his fire of interest going …
…. And to teach him how to avoid the pricklers. His jeans looked like a porcupine and my jeans, even though I was off-path more then he was, were clean. I laughed so hard until tears came as we drove home when I saw the dozens of pricklers sticking out of his jeans. “How did you manage to do that?”, I asked. Only Hubby …..
Photography/ “The Walk”/ Oct. 2018©AmyRose