Our World Tuesday – Nature Photography Class – Spring 2018 – Chapter One


I am all excited!! I did a one day Nature Photography class by Tulsa Community College.  We met early in the morning and then headed off to several venues, the Linnaeus Gardens, Tulsa Garden Center, Tulsa Botanic Gardens, and Oxley Nature Center.


So the over a dozen of us, clicked and snapped away and we walked, and walked. My little garmin wrist device tells me that I walked 7.76 miles today. I believe it. My dogs are barking, you know what I mean. I do trail running, and this was about the same except I had a camera and was clicking happily away.


This is at Wooward Park, before the class really even started. So what do you like best, pink tulips in front, with yellow in back?


Or the other way around? Without cars in the background. Ignore the cars in the background.


Or how about the Redbud Trees.


How about some ancient stone steps.


At Oxley, do you like the little snake my fellow students found?


Or do you like the bigger snake a few hundred yards away. They said, don’t worry, no triangular head, and the eyes are round so it is not venomous. Like I even cared. Who is going to get close enough to snakes to figure out the roundness of its eyes?


I forget where this is from. It is pretty is all I know.


I love this also. No idea what it is.


Anyway, the more I learn about this photography thing, the more ignorant I get. I am firmy entrenched into manual mode, and metering the photos and all that but the complicated things get me. Like the above. Sunny on one side, shady on the other, overeposed on one side, under on the other. Who you going to call? Nobody, suck it up big guy, figure it out.


Or focus on the blossoms. The yin and the yang. Big picture, small picture. I am so confused.


Here is a redbud up close.


Linnaeus Gardens

How about a flag reflection. The reflection looks okay, but the sky is blown out.  No editing done anywhere on this post by the way.  Haha you say, we could tell that.

That is all for now. I took over 200 photos and I store them all in cloud and it is painfully slow to get them there. I used to store them on an external hard drive. Big, huge mistake. It cratered.

I really enjoyed the class. Kudos to my fellow students who really got into it, the various venues, who welcomed us with welcome arms and the instructors, Larry and Natalie who spent a considerable amount of time scheduling us into the various places, and led us around making sure that everybody had a fun time. I’ll be taking more classes from them again.

I am calling this Chapter One because I have so many photos to upload and don’t want to  wait until they are all uploaded before I post something. Call me impatient.

I am linking with Our World Tuesday


18 thoughts on “Our World Tuesday – Nature Photography Class – Spring 2018 – Chapter One

  1. betty - NZ

    Your photos are just fabulous, Yogi!!! It certainly helps that you had such great scenes to shoot!
    I know a little about my camera, enough to get the shots I want. But I have found that auto keeps me from making myself crazy 🙂

  2. NatureFootstep photography

    wow, you ahve spring already? We still have snow and no leaves in sight 🙁

    Seem to have been a great day. And…yes, too strong sunlight is a bitch. But in your shots the exposure is not that bad. A little treatment in your edditing program would solve it 🙂

  3. Gaelyn

    They all look good. I’d say you’re learning a lot. Congrats on being in Manual. Pretty places. Sure looks like spring. For the 1/2 & 1/2 shadow and light stuff I bracket so I get the best of both. Could be the wrong thing to do but works for me. Heck, it’s all guess work for me anyway. Keep it up and keep posting because I learn that way from you.

  4. ladyfi

    Such lovely spring shots. I definitely vote for the photo with the yellow tulips in the front and no cars in the background.

  5. Driller's Place

    Nice work Yogi. I do like the yellow tulips is the foreground. I think that image is better composed. And it’s true there isn’t much you can do about bright sun and dark shadows in the same image. Photo walks are great fun but I’m not sure I’m up for 7+ miles. Keep shooting.

  6. Kay L. Davies

    Delightful photos…you’re doing great!
    And what I really liked was your “Or the other way around? Without cars in the background. Ignore the cars in the background.” That made me laugh…”ignore the cars in the background” indeed!
    Keep up the good work.
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  7. Betsy

    Very fine shots. I do like the espaliered tree, I guess it’s a fruit tree maybe? Beautiful tulips! I do not like the snake. A great snake shot but if I see one in my yard, it’s a goner for sure.

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