My name is Michael Willis, and I’m a professional web developer / programmer. A few years ago I found myself becoming interested in photography as a hobby. I particularly liked learning how cameras work, and discovering that there are many ways to take a single picture. For example, I learned that I can decide if I want the background of a picture to appear blurry or sharp. I always thought these were things the camera just “figured out” for me, which I had no control over, while in fact I have full control of that.
Over time I read some books and experimented with different types of photography, and I found that my favorite subjects were wildlife. This was no surprise – I’ve always loved animals, and spent much of my childhood watching a great TV show called “Wild Discovery” on the Discovery Channel, which fascinated me with episodes about beautiful exotic animals. My mother also got me a subscription to a little childrens’ magazine called Zoobooks, which I couldn’t wait to read every month.
Fast forward to March of 2015, I decided to take what I thought was a once-in-a-lifetime safari trip to South Africa. The animals I spent so much time watching on television were finally made real. The pictures I took on that trip capture some of the happiest moments of my life, and since then I’ve made every effort to capture that feeling in every picture I take. I’ve traveled to many more amazing places, and plan to continue to do so.
This blog will serve as a bit of a journal of my learning experience in photography, and a documentation of my travels. I’ll review gear, discuss my successes and failures, relive some of my favorite moments, and I’m sure I’ll sometimes stray completely off topic. Hope you enjoy reading my posts and viewing my photos as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them!