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Some of My Work
It's a Hobby...
I have always enjoyed photography. My older brother bought himself a cheap plastic camera when he was in high school and I watched him as he set up each picture to get the best results. In 1969 he eventually earned and saved enough money to buy himself a good quality Minolta Camera and an external light meter. He still has this camera today, and I inherited the plastic one.
Being only 12 years old, I did my best to take quality photographs, but all they amounted to were "snapshots". I spent all the time I could studying the National Geographics and other magazines. Eventually I was able to purchase a good camera. I really got into my hobby. I started my own darkroom with a friend and we had loads of fun. But as the harsh reality of life sets in, I loaned my equipment to a relative, and it was lost forever.
So about 5 years ago, I bought a digital camera. A whopping 3.4 mega-pixel camera, which was the state of the art for it's era. I still have it, and these pictures were all taken with it. The detail of these pictures still amazes me, and I can hardly wait to invest in another camera with 4 or 5 times the quality and definition.
The Garden Spider was hanging on my front porch one night. It was very cooperative as I snapped several shots of it just to get one good one.
The Praying Mantis was actually about 3 feet away from the spider, near the porch light. It was hanging out waiting for an errant insect to fly too close.
The Fresh Blackberries are a common sight here in the South. If you are lucky, you can beat the birds, deer and bears to them.
The Southern Forests provide an excellent environment for mushroom growth. The warmth and humidity spawn the spores of hundreds of species and I have taken a special affinity to photographing fungi.
Inchworms and moths are spectacular little creatures. While butterflies are hard to capture on film, a moth will lie still for a good shot. There are hundreds of varieties out there, so the subject matter never wears thin.
It is difficult to take a good picture. In order to get 1 good picture, you sometimes have to take 10 just to get the desired results. Enjoy what I have here, more will follow soon.
All photographs on this page were taken by Del Banks. Copyright 2010 By Delbert Banks