Posted by: Andrew Skelton | 16/04/2012

I don’t know about the cost.. but I’ve seen the bill!

I’ve seen and heard Macaws do many things but I’ve never seen one pretend to be demure as this Blue-and-yellow Macaw was trying to do but it didn’t fool me, Dear Reader, I knew that if I was lured in by its timorous demeanor it would have either nicked my camera gear or a stray finger! This variety of the macaw family has to be one of the prettiest looking, but it’s when in flight that you get the full effect of its plumage with the dazzling yellow on its breast extending to the underneath feather on its wings and tail – truly spectacular.

I’ve taught a number of people how to use their camera over the last couple of weeks, and during one impromptu session my piped up asking whether I would teach him photography. I didn’t need asking twice and as today was the last day of his school holidays we spent the morning looking at some of my camera gear, discussing what each piece was for before filling a lens on one of my camera’s and explaining about Apertures, the way the shutter words, the internal mirror and prism, ISO and the eternal triangle of ISO, Shutter and Aperture (my word there were a lot of “and”s in that sentence, I don’t think I’ll be asked on to Just A Minute!). He already has an eye for framing, and tries all different angles to make a picture work, so I don’t need to teach him that aspect of the discipline, just need to take him out now and let him use his new found knowledge to gain some experience. He’s not getting his hands on the big lenses thought… well, not yet anyway.



  1. what a great shot!

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