SLR: Single Lens Reflex camera
A camera that typically uses a mirror and prism system (hence “reflex”, from the mirror’s reflection) that permits the photographer to view through the lens and hence see exactly what will be captured, as opposed to viewfinder cameras where the image could be significantly different from what will be captured.
When I was younger I always loved taking pictures with my dad’s analogue SLR. Nowadays I’m all grown up (more or less) and have my own digital SLR. Things have changed. Technology has improved (and let’s not forget: they have gotten a lot lighter to carry around!). But the excitement of taking pictures has remained.
I try to capture what I see with whatever is at hand. Whether it’s with my SLR, it’s predessor my old semi-pro cam, a simple compact cam or even just my mobile phone. If I like what I see – whether it’s a stunning landscape view or a funny street scene – I will try to capture it.
Taking pictures can limit your view. Being stuck with your nose behind the camera – you might miss the overall picture. But it also can widen it. While chasing that perfect picture you might see things you otherwise would have missed. You start to look differently at what you see – the way the light illuminates your subject, those little details of the item you want to capture, the change in composition if you just take a few steps aside. And that’s why I love taking pictures: it’s like an exploration expedition, but without the actual travelling part.
But most of all what I love about photography is that it can take you places – I love going over old pictures. Back to those old memories, when the photo was taken. The feel of the moment, the story behind it. A photo can make you happy. It can make you sad. It can make you smile. It can make you remember. A single picture can capture a whole story or feeling.
That’s what my blog is about: Just nice pictures to make you feel good…