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.
Looking 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)
You 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?
I 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.
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.