Art, Introductions, Photography

Introductions – Mind, Peace through Photography

Another blog that I have been following for a very long time.  I don’t remember when  I started, but I know that I have always admired Beedie’s images and even more so when I found out what camera she used.  Beedie from Mind, Peace through Photography started with a compact camera, and her images just prove that as long you know about composition and how to frame an image, then you can use any camera.  Now, I’m not saying that compacts are the way to go, and I am not going to trade in my DSLR for one, but it is fantastic to see someone getting great images with one.  I think someone said that Scott, who I featured last week, also uses one.  Scott might need to confirm this.

red-tailed-hawk-talonsLooking back and thinking about her blog, birds are what I think of, though I knew Beedie did more than just birds.  As I was going through her blog for this post, I could see the many different types of images that she takes.

I did ask her why she took photos and she said this

I started taking photos a couple of years ago when I bought my first ‘advanced’ point and shoot – a Canon SX40HS. I captured my first close-up shot of a local raptor – a Red-shouldered Hawk and her chicks. When I saw them for the first time on my computer screen, vividly, I was stunned at their beauty, life and amazing energy. I felt truly connected to something that I had never paid any attention to in the past. I took for granted the birds and other wildlife in my area. I live on a Bird Preserve by the way. After spending and shooting many episodes of the Red Shouldered Hawk family, I knew I would be forever taking photos of birds and other wildlife and sharing those photos freely for others to enjoy and hoping that they too would see and feel what I do now. (the red-shouldered family that changed me)

icy-yosemite-highwayYou know how sometimes you follow a photography blog and there will be images that just stay with you, and it doesn’t matter how long ago you saw them, you just fixate on them.  I remember that Beedie and her partner went to Yosemite for a holiday, and it was winter, and so when I decided to do Mind, I knew I had to include a couple of those images.  (you know how much I love winter images like this)

The next question I asked was about inspiration.

My inspiration are the most wonderful birding and wildlife photographers that I’ve met in person locally. We have the most amazing talent right where I live. A local woman, Alice Cahill, won the National Audubon Society’s award and was featured on their main cover in addition to many other nice prizes. (Alice Cahill story on Audubon). After seeing work such as this how could one not be inspired?

frolicking-elephant-sealsI am glad she mentioned wildlife above, as you go through her many posts, you do see lots of birds, but there are also images of other wildlife, like the one above.  She must live in an amazing location.

A question about how she works.

I work randomly and spontaneously. I’m more active during migration seasons. But I walk every day in nature and the camera is always by my side. Keeping an open mind with no agenda and my finger on the trigger has been my favorite method.

purpleI love seeing the world through her camera, and all the different things she photographs.  There is still life, landscape, birds, wildlife and the odd portrait here and there.

Here is what she said about her camera.

I have since upgraded from my original Canon SX40 to a Canon SX50 and more recently and most often carry around my Sony NEX-7 with favorite lenses being my Carl Zeiss 12mm 2.8, Sony Zeiss 24mm 1.2, Sony 18-200mm 3.5-6.3 and for extreme birding and wildlife with a Sony NEX LA-EA2 adapter the Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II.

I don’t know Sony very well, but sounds like she has upgraded a lot.  I have a whole lot more images to show you, so please take a look here and then go to her blog at, Mind, Peace through Photography, it is definitely worth the trip.


  1. Wonderful! I’ve seen many, many great iPhone photographs. It is really the case that one must first have the eye and the mind to see the image.

  2. Lovely photos and great post! Yes its the photographer not the camera that counts. In fact if you are burdened with too much equipment it can only hurt. Image quality of the often misnomered P&S sort of camera has gone up to the point where for most purposes its more than good enough. Fit to purpose is key with any piece of equipment. What you need for bird shots is different than street photography for example. In fact I think for street photography a good P&S — like my Panasonic LX7 – is close to ideal. For birds the sky’s the limit but some of the super zooms do a great job as Beedie’s work shows. I went from P&S to SLR and back to P&S — now I’m happy!

    • I agree to a certain point, I know there are things that a compact camera can’t do, and given the choice between two, I would always go DSLR, every time. I love mine. I was trying to use another camera like a compact and I get very frustrated because it wouldn’t do the things I wanted it to do. Though many people have DSLR’s and use them like a compact, never taking them off auto. But we must all use what we are comfortable with and what we like to use. I enjoy taking photos with my phone, though the camera is a bit dodgy, still fun.
      Glad you like Beedie’s work, it is pretty fabulous.

      • P&S doesn’t = automatic. Good ones have full manual settings. Bokeh is generally better with SLRs but it can be pretty decent with my LX7 – Leica 24 – 90 mm f1.4 lens, as well as Panasonic FZ200 25 – 600 mm constant F2.8 throughout. I won first prize pro photography at a regional art event last year – with an iPhone image.

        I don’t see a direct comparison between SLR’s and P&S – they are different with different strengths and drawbacks. Depth of field is different. You have more with one less with the other and need to work with that. Image quality is subjective and one can produce excellent results with each. I can hand hold my FZ200 at 600mm at a thirtieth of a second. Can’t do that with an SLR. It’s really a matter of shooting approach and choice, I believe. And I can’t afford an F2.8 600 zoom lens anyway!

      • I think what you are referring to is a bridge camera, where you can change aperture and other things. A P&S is usually just that, point and shoot, and you can’t change anything. There are some great bridge cameras out there now.
        I agree with you about the comparisons, I think they are used differently. You also get different qualities as well. Generally the lenses for DSLR are of a much better quality, and therefore the quality of the image is sharper, though, most people can’t tell the difference. I think the trick is working out what works best for what you want to photograph. I take photos all the time with my phone, though, I don’t tend to do much with them other than put them on facebook.

      • Yes – my FZ200 is a bridge camera. The Lx7 is like Canon’s G1 – 15 a great camera for travel, street shooting, almost anything! Panasonic uses excellent Leica branded lenses. Sony cameras of this sort use Zeiss lenses – also super-duper. I do have a Panasonic true P&S that’s also known for great IQ. The more I use these cameras the more pleased I am.

      • That is great Frank, I don’t know much about bridge cameras. I get people coming to my classes from time to time with them, but I haven’t had much experience. As you say, it is dependent on what you are photographing as well.

  3. Leanne- Very interesting post and I am glad you introduced us to Beedie’s wonderful work. I find lately that I have my P&S which I love in one pocket and my IPhone in the other and my DSLR around my neck. Different purposes and fun to vary the outcomes. So many choices, so little time!

    • Haha, you have put quite an image of me in your head now Jane, sounds great. I am a little similar, though I don’t have the P&S, so just the phone and the DSLR.
      I am glad you liked the introduction.

  4. Amazing Work..i am glad I landed up here,so much to learn here and I am sure to use it to the best of my level..

  5. Thank you for sharing LCP, there is a lot of peace in the pictures, particularly of the river in the canyon with the pale green trees. Could almost be there. I will now have to check out Breedie. Thanks, MM 🍀

  6. Thank you so much Leanne. You honor me and my blog with your post today and I’m deeply appreciative. For those interested in the latest camera I’m using for my more recent shots: The sony NEX-7 is an Alpha Digital Camera, mirrorless with interchangeable lenses. I can put any Canon, Nikon, Zeiss or Sony DSLR lens on this 10 oz. 24mp beauty with my adapter. It’s really very hard to beat if you are a nature enthusiast and hiking up a lot of hills. Another great camera of this design is the Fuji Film EX-1. Mirrorless cameras are becoming extremely popular. Again, thank you so much for the honor of being the highlight of your post today.

    • So glad you liked it Beedie, it was wonderful revisiting lots of your images and seeing how much you have done. Thank you also for all the information about the camera. I have to admit I have heard of them, but don’t know a lot about them.

  7. I can’t wait to check out her blog! I use the same camera, and while I do plan to move to DSLR, I love that I can easily carry my Canon 40sx on the bike. A bigger, heavier camera, with lenses, will definitely be a challenge when riding!!

    • I think there are places for all types of cameras. I don’t have a P&S, but I have a Android phone with a camera that I use a lot. My DSLR is too heavy and bulky to have with me all the time, but I love the phone because it is always with me. I think it is a case of what is best and when. I think you are right about riding the bike, it would definitely be a challenge.

  8. Leanne you have to stop finding these amazing posts – my list of blogs on my Reader is getting to be so long and you always find someone new for me to follow!

    Thank you for this one as well, and for prompting the discussion around cameras. I agree that it is all about the photographer, their vision and their work.

    • Haha, that is funny Paula, it is great that you enjoy these posts.

      It has been an interesting discussion with the cameras, I wasn’t expecting that. I like to think it is the photographer too.

  9. love, love, love. I am seriously inspired to practice taking photos of cows with my CanonSX130 until I get them to be spectacular. hmmm……

  10. Thank you for sharing this blog! I’m gonna follow her blog too.. love your tips Leanne! Keep em coming!


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