“I found photography late in life after I retired. Photography started as a hobby. It has now become a challenge, a passion and a joy.
I have learned I am most happy with my camera in hand. The world disappears when I put the viewfinder to my eye; it becomes just me and the subject
I live in Destrehan, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans, LA. The city of New Orleans offers many opportunities for architectural and people photography. One day I may pursue those subjects, but for now, I find myself drawn to the swamps, marshes or parks.
The Bonnet Carre Spillway, west of the city is one of my favorite places with great variety.”
Roberta always signs her posts and e-mails “Birdie” but as you can see her love of subjects includes many others as well. She has had the nickname since childhood and prefers it over her given name.
“I seem always to be at one focal extreme or the other - macro or telephoto.
Birds, bugs, bees and butterflies are the subjects most often in my viewfinder whether it be with the macro lens of telephoto lens. I am filled with anticipation wondering what I will find each time I go out.
The first lens I purchased was a 60mm macro. Who knew such wonderful things were going on just out of sight, under your feet? All I had to do was crawl around the grass and find this new world all around.
I love spending time with the small things whether they are a tiny bug or a water drop reflecting a beautiful flower.”
In reflecting with her contact with Nikonians Birdie comments, “I saw a reference to Nikonians on a photo website. I was looking for a place where members were willing to share their knowledge and expertise. I found that in Nikonians. There have been times when I stepped away for a while. However, I always seem to find my way back to Nikonians because of the wonderful spirit and willingness to share.”
From Birdie’s own experience and wisdom she shares, “One can find all sorts of technical information on how to take a photograph or what tools to use. My advice would be to find your passion, a subject you love. Photography will be a journey filled with amazement and joy when your viewfinder is filled with things you love.”
Finishing the interview she reviews her experience with photography, “Seeing a new subject for the first time or a familiar subject doing something new, all of these are memorable for me. I can look at my favorite photos and be transported back to the place, the time and the emotions of that moment. To me, those are all special memories.”
The precision in capturing these images is delightful to see; brilliant color and artistically recorded. Thank you so much Birdie for sharing a world of which we are often not aware. Thanks also for taking the time to comment and share your thoughts.
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