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dscn4685The New Year is when we reflect, organize, and set goals. It’s also a great time to back up photos and documents.

I’ve learned the hard way. Because of computer problems, I’ve lost many irreplaceable photos. And it’s heartbreaking. Now, I use a portable drive for storage and peace of mind.

So, as we start this New Year, take care to preserve precious memories.

 

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You know what I love about holiday photos? Everything!

They don’t have to be perfect, after all it’s the moment that you’re capturing. A child too enthralled with a toy to stare into the camera or a smidgen of eggnog on a face, nothing can ruin a holiday image. It’s memories being chronicled.

Often, too late in life we realize time is fleeting and life is so precious. So, take every opportunity to photograph and don’t agonize over the details. Be thankful of the memories….

I know I am very thankful.

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I feel truly blessed to be living in Western New York. From rural landscapes to city scenery, a variety of wildlife, and the four seasons, this area is a photographer’s dream.

Each of the four seasons provide unique photo opportunities. And the bitter harsh winters are no exception. There is nothing more breathtaking than fresh fallen snow. With skies of brilliant blue or gray clouds, one can capture the pure essence of cold.

So don’t let these frosty moments pass you by. Bundle up and enjoy.

 

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Life can be hard. Most of the time, and that includes photography, we take things too serious. We worry about composition or exposure. We stress about deadlines and commitments. Sometimes, we just need to lighten up and go for the fun, easy shots.

For me, the perfect fun subject is ducks. Ducks are comical creatures. They provide multiple poses, swimming, preening, and waddling. From drab brown to bright blue wings, the variations seem endless.

And the best part—they always make you smile.

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                My husband Charlie is my motivational force in photography. He’s also the technical guru who does the research and keeps my equipment updated. And even though he doesn’t quite understand my insane passion for shooting birds and tiny critters, he has found me the perfect camera.

I have been thrilled with the results of my Sony HX400V. It’s awesome zoom will capture the pin feathers of a sparrow a hundred feet away. Point-and-shoot capabilities combined with its light-weight makes it ideal for birding. Switching to manual settings, I get my best moon shots with this camera.

Though this is not my best or most expensive camera, it is the one always around my neck.