Jean mckenna
Jean McKenna

I can’t remember not having a camera. My first was a Polaroid One-Step and I used it to take photos of the family pets and on family outings to the beach, zoo, and park. Since then I’ve owned a couple of point-and-shoot 110-instamatics, a 35mm Cannon T80 film camera, and two Kodak digital cameras.  A couple of years ago  my husband gave me a  Nikon D80 DSLR for Christmas and since then I’ve come to realize that the right tool makes a world of difference.

I shoot with my Nikon using four lenses, a Nikon 18-200mm VR lens, and three Tamron lenses; a 90mm macro, a 70-300mm multi-purpose with a macro option, and a 200-500mm telephoto lens, a recent birthday gift, which I intend to use for birding and other nature shots.  Finally, a carbon-fiber Manfrotto tripod with 90° vertical column option completes my arsenal. First class all the way. So now what?

Well, while I can tell certain photographers’ work from others, I don’t think I have a “style” per se. I tend to shoot what I like.  I have learned that continually looking at the world through the camera lens tends to sharpen your perspective and amplify your ability to see what others often do not.  I’m working on improving my compositions so that the viewer sees what I want them to see.   I like color, lines, and shapes and often take photos because one or another jumps out at me in a particular scene.  I like to shoot whatever makes me take a second look, whether it’s a sky-scape, unique architecture, a bird in my backyard, a beautiful flower, or my two Labrador Retriever pups snuggling after an afternoon of mischief.

Since acquiring my Nikon, there haven’t been too many days where I have not taken at least one photo. I hope you enjoy the photos I’ve chosen to share, which are among my favorites.

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