Amazing Equipment

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly, Georgia

When I look at my old photos and compare them with recent shots, I have the temptation to think, “Man, I’m getting really good!” It is true that practice-makes-perfect and we become more proficient by shooting every day. Our photos also improve as we learn our equipment. But is all my improvement simply because “I’m so good”? Sometimes I have to pop my ego and say: probably not!

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been able to buy new and better equipment. The modern cameras and lenses are absolutely phenomenal! The technology and manufacturing is like nothing we've seen in the past.

Northern Mockingbird perched on tree top against blue sky

Years ago, I would never have dreamed of the autofocus grabbing so quickly on a dragonfly… but the modern DSLR can do it! ...In the past, who would think you could hand-hold a 600mm telephoto lens and get a sharp image of an insect… but the modern image-stabilizing lenses can do it! ...Only a few years ago, who would think an image at ISO 8000 would be relatively noise free? But the modern DSLR can do it!

So, I have to knock my pride down a few notches and give credit where credit is due. Maybe the full credit for beautiful shots isn’t my doing. Much of the credit may go to our Amazing Equipment!

Photo credits: William Wise.

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July 23, 2019


I agree with Patrick, yet to achieve a flawless result of that specific shot is well aided by current technology.Well presented article ... still we have that ability of control over advanced gear

July 22, 2019


It's still you who see's the make up of good shot and the modern camera's make it easier to execute, although I still manage to mess some up!

July 20, 2019


Thanks for sharing, the same has happened to me. Really interesting blog.

July 19, 2019


Amazing....Good Article!!!

July 18, 2019


Very true William. Back in the old days using Kodachrome 64 bad light usually meant forget it. Now I can rely on the image stabilisation of my OMD EM1 ii to take photos pretty much anywhere and anytime. 

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