Carillon Tower and Nature Preserve.
I, hopefully, have made it abundantly (redundantly) clear that I’m a newbie at this. So, after multiple Facebook posts, my boyfriend’s lovely mother took pity on me, and suggested I check out Meetup.com. I was completely terrified by the idea of meeting up with strangers. But, boredom, I mean, curiosity, got the best of me and I decided to check it out. After a bit of browsing, I found this interesting photography group that had an outing I couldn’t resist.
The group was set to meet in the parking lot of the Hilton Hotel next to the tower. So, naturally, I showed up on time. Then, sat in my car like a weirdo until I was completely sure it was a gathering of photographers, and not well dress serial killers with cameras.
Considering I am still alive, it would seem like they were not serial killers. More like a very nice group of people willing to help me with any questions. 🙂
We set out walking around the boardwalk area. After the introductions, everyone seemed very intent on capturing some of the wildlife. Minimal talking with a focus on the beautiful things around us? Perfect.
I got very lucky a few times with some awesome animals.
The little creatures in the area were especially hard to shoot. The mixture of the shade and patches of sunlight slicing through the trees made finding the right exposure a challenge.
Overall, I really enjoyed being in a group of photographers. It made it seem less odd to be wandering around brandishing an enormous camera.
I learned a lot by just watching others, while seeing the different things that interested them enough to stop and take a picture.
At first, the whole group was clumped together. But, after a while of each person going at their own pace, everyone eventually spread out and had their own experience.
It was nice to have the tranquility that taking pictures brings added with the company of having others nearby that share the same interest.
I eventually fell so far behind that group that I began to have to take little sprints to catch back up. But, every time I did there was a group of smiling faces ready to point out something wonderful that I missed.
I’m actually not quite sure how long we were there. I really lost track of time, which is something I generally have trouble doing. It was nice having something to completely immerse myself in.
Between carrying my camera bag and periodically switching lenses, my full attention was taken. I didn’t check my phone once. 🙂
I’m glad I swallowed my antisocial tendencies and joined in this adventure.
It really was a lovely day.