Along the Natchez Trace

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Thank You All!

I got great response for my plea for help....  Judy even went so far as to offer me a device to hold the camera to the scope.  I've been sort of "out of service" for a couple of days, so will get back to y'all personally later.  Thanks to all of you!

This is what I am currently using ......

This is inside the Photo Blind that I painted earlier this summer.  It was placed in a great location overlooking E. Loring Lake.  The screens on the windows keep the bugs at bay...
They can be moved aside when you're looking out.

We bought this scope and tripod at Eagle Optics several years ago when we were in Madison, Wisconsin.

I'm really not very adept at using a scope....  
I'm getting better....
Now, with your tips, I might even be able to take some pictures of what I see!

Makes me think of the photography class I took one year during The Festival of the Cranes at the Bosque del Apache NWR.

One of the Friends members, who is a professional photographer and specializes in wildlife, was giving a week-long workshop.

The cost was $280.  I called before enrolling and asked just how knowledgeable I needed to be to attend.
I was pretty much told that if I could turn my camera on that I'd be okay.

HAH!  The other participants showed up with huge scopes, tripods, camera cases......  we're talking big financial investments
And.....  Experience....
They all knew a LOT more than just how to turn their cameras on!

We all went out to a marsh....  everyone set up their tripods...
but me...
No Tripod

I mean these folks were serious!  

I knew right away I was in trouble....
It sort of went downhill from there....  In fact, when I showed up one morning for class, nobody else arrived.
Seems that at the end of the class the day before, the instructor changed the meeting place for the next day.
Guess I missed that announcement.

I didn't last the week....  
Think I dropped out after day three....

It just wasn't for me...
Not only the level of expertise, but the level of intensity and degree of seriousness.

I just wasn't cut out for this class.
I did write a letter to the Festival coordinator stating that I felt that the brochure wasn't quite correct ...  that this class really wasn't for the inexperienced novice.

Never did hear back from her.....

I'd still like to take a photography class....  maybe I will...

The scope....  set up to view the lake.

I spend a lot of time at the photo blind these days...
If the opportunity happens along
I take a shot of it....

Sometimes I get something I really like!

That's All For Today!


  1. That scope should work great. If your camera lens will fit inside of the rubber eyecup on the scope, that would be perfect. If the camera lens is too big, you might try rolling the rubber eyecup on the scope down so that the camera lens can sit against the eyepiece. With your glasses, having the eyecup rolled down should make the scope easier for you to use as well.

    Good luck!


  2. What a letdown to have high expectations of learning and then be shut out like that! I took a photography class years ago that turned out to focus on rolling your own stock film and developing the pictures in a dark room. Totally not what I expected. I'm still lousy at taking pictures! Hope this works out for you.

  3. You look pretty serious now!!
    Can't wait to see your photos/shots!!
    Have fun!

  4. I didn't take any classes. I just bought a Digital Rebel, studied the manual, and the rest is history.

  5. Can't wait to see what you're able to produce and I look forward to trying it out myself!