Supervising Children

We are busy into the Day Camp season at the Nature Center.  Of course I take my camera when I’m out with kids.  Because I want to be able to post pictures of the kids right away without taking much time to process, I often switch my camera over to JPG mode, instead of RAW.  Leaf in the CreekMy friend Tom told me, “Once you start shooting in RAW mode, you’ll never go back.”  I agree with him in that the pictures are far better quality as your camera captures more information in RAW mode.  And, of course, I couldn’t take my time with shots, because my main priority was supervising other people’s children.  Still, I was able to take some nice photos of flowers and critters while on my trips with kids last week.  I’ve been going through some of them this morning and thought I’d post a few.

While the kids were building rock towers at Arkwright Falls, I lay down on my belly and snapped a few shots through the surface of the water.  I don’t think I had the closeup filter on for the leaf, but I certainly did for the little critters.  I’m not sure of the species of either the macroinvertebrate or the salamander.  But it was cool trying to photograph them in their natural setting…  OK, I did have to pick up rocks to reveal them, and then snap really fast before they skittered back under the rocks.

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At Chautauqua Gorge, I was able to sneak a few shots of wildflowers and critters while the kids were wading.  It was such a hot day… they just wanted to get wet.  So I let ’em… while I played with my camera…

St Johnswort Blue Vervain

Crab Spider on Queen Anne's Lace Purple-Flowering Raspberry

Often the kids would bring me critters to photograph, so I have many in-hand shots:

Abbey's Crayfish A Beetle

 Leopard Frog

So, dear parents… Now that you know what I’m REALLY doing out there with your children, will you send them again next year?

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