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05-29-2014, 08:10 AM - 3 Likes   #1
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Using a Camera to See--when you're legally blind..
Camera: Canon S100 

Good afternoon photo lovers,

Approximately 20 years ago, I lost significant portions of my central vision. They call it "legally blind," or "visually impaired." I see well enough to move around independently (not driving haha), but the detail--the visual spice is severely lacking. Thus photography.

I use my Canon S100 camera as not only a means of capturing moments, but it also serves as a visual bridge for my eyes. I love nature, patterns, people--I just can't see what I'm looking at. Heck, I can hardly see my camera LCD. My camera has been a Godsend in allowing me to see a little of what I encounter on my adventures.

This is Zipper, a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, my wife found her dying on a dirt road and I brought her home to care for her. What a wonderful experience we had hand feeding her for a couple of weeks until she was strong enough to fly. We printed this image on canvas and hung it in our kitchen to remember.

Image Details: 08/28/2013, F2.2, 1/30, ISO 80, 24 mm (equivalent), slight post crop because I can't see composition very well on camera LCD

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Jonathan Wissink

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05-29-2014, 02:31 PM   #2
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I don't know which is better; your backstory or the photo,
but both are excellent.
The bird does look like he is your friend & calmly waiting
for you to take the photo.....well done~!

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Hey thanks CeciProAm It was amazing feeling the little tongue flick sugar water off my finger. The Canon S100 has some high speed video at low resolution which we used to try and capture it feeding. It didn't turn out that well, but its pretty neat stuff.
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The photo is wonderful and I absolutely love the story...it just goes to show everyone has a story to tell and many of us use photography as a bridge to tell our stories, thank you for sharing yours. Nominated

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Beautiful Photo, Nominated!
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Nominated! Wonderful story!
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Thanks folks
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