Ewwwwww! Spider! (Photos by Mary)

September 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

One of the best parts about photography is the fact that you can do it alone or do it with other photographers... and I like it both ways.  Sometimes it feels good to just go out alone with your camera and immerse yourself in your surroundings and get lost in the moment.  Yet, at other times, it is fun to share the day with someone who also loves photography.


And so it is when I go out with my friend Mary.  I met Mary through Capture Dallas and then came to realize that she too is a member of the Heard Nature Photo Club in McKinney.  I like shooting with Mary because we both have about the same physical limitations in the brutal Texas heat.  We have been known to try out many benches as we wander the Dallas Arboretum... and they are all good!  She also talked me into buying a little portable stool which I now have in my car at all times.  It is perfect for shooting macro shots and wildflowers in comfort.


Now you must understand that I lug around a heavy Canon camera and lenses and Mary is currently using the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ 1000 which weighs about 1.83 lb.  Besides being lightweight, it has a Leica lens, 20.1 megapixels and shoots ISO 125-12,800, and check out the zoom lens! She is definitely making me consider trying this camera for those days when I do not feel up to lugging a bunch of gear!  As you get older, it does take it's toll.



I recently got an e-mail from her about a spider she had photographed at the Heard Nature Preserve and I loved the story so much that I wanted to share it with you.  She was shooting the spider and noticed two boys nearby.  She talked to the one boy (probably about 10 or 11 years old) who was excited about the spider too.  He was trying to get a picture with his dad's cell phone.  He commented that her camera would take a much better picture... like National Geographic!  Mary got his father's email address and sent him two of her spider photos.

And surprise, surprise.. she got a nice thank you in an e-mail!

"Thank you so much for sharing your BIG spider photos with us.  We really enjoyed them and we each printed 4x6 photos for our rooms!"


It really made her day!  And what is even funnier, is the fact that Mary will seldom strike up a conversation with a stranger and laughs as I will so often do just that!  Somehow, I have the feeling she might be doing a bit more chattering in the future!


So here are the photos of the BIG spider she e-mailed to the boys.  I have the feeling those boys might be hooked on photography after seeing her spider and will always remember her kindness in sharing her photos with them.  Technology has changed photography in so many ways and how special to be able to share photos so easily in today's world and to impact another person's life in the process!



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