Please Welcome Jason Polak to the Photography Life Team!

Nowadays, we’d like you to offer a comfy welcome to Photography Life’s newest writer, Jason Polak! Jerrika is a wildlife photographer plus mathematician from Canada in whose great articles and photos you’ve seen grace the particular homepage these past couple weeks. Here’s a bit from Jason about his journey like a photographer.


Jason Polak
Myself

My first memories associated with photography are childhood broken phrases of disposable and automatic film cameras. With all those, I mostly just wandered around looking for delightful patterns, and I probably only ever shot ten rolls of film in my life. (I can shoot that many pictures in a day now. )

Once, when I involved eight, I found a film SLR with a 55mm f/2 in a toy cabinet. Sadly, it was broken, but I adored looking through the viewfinder mainly because I could focus the zoom lens and see the effects of shallow level of field. I thought which was the coolest thing in the world. If only that will camera could have actually taken a shot. Incidentally, I nevertheless remember that the lens was obviously a 55mm f/2 because I discovered that camera again a long time later, and I tried to invert mount the lens onto another lens for an instead odd macro system.

Common Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye, Nikon D500 + 500mm f/5. 6 PF @ 500mm, ISO 800, 1/3200, f/5. 6

A few years later in middle school, the computer science instructor told us we’d end up being helping design the school web site, and it would have pictures on it. He showed us the school’s digital camera which we’re able to use. It stored pictures to a floppy disk plus it was less than a megapixel. I believed it was so cool plus convenient sounding compared to movie, but unfortunately I never got to use it.

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull, Nikon D500 + 500mm f/5. six PF @ 500mm, ISO 180, 1/3200, f/5. 6

In fact , I didn’t seriously get into photography until graduate college in 2015, where I latched onto the idea of getting a DSLR. I’m not specific where I got that myth, but I had been using a small camera and my mobile phone for some time and it felt rather limiting to shoot along with those. And just maybe, I used to be encouraged by the Canon Rebels in a store window, that i kept passing on my way to school.

Regardless, I am a bit compulsive, and soon I was reading about cameras for hours each day, dreaming of finally having a single in my hands. It wasn’t long after that I bought the particular Pentax K-50. I still remember the first few shots We took with it, which were predictably horrendous – and there is no benefits worse, they were JPEGs. Naturally , I switched the digital camera to raw almost immediately after.

Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird, Nikon D500 + 500mm f/5. 6 PF @ 500mm, ISO 500, 1/2000, f/5. 6

I actually didn’t enter into birds or wildlife immediately. I didn’t even have an interest in birds and I barely knew two things about all of them. At the time, I was living in Montreal, which has one of the nicest botanical gardens, so I got lots of practice with plants. But just one year later, the math degree was ending and I realized that sadly, I had to get a job. Somehow, We managed to get a postdoctoral research position in Australia and as you may know, Australia is known for the colourful parrots.

I didn’t have a zoom lens suitable for birding at the time, but one day, I did manage to catch a shot of a Rainbow Lorikeet at 210mm. Of course , I actually already had a passion designed for photography, but when I saw that first bird in my viewfinder, I felt something I had never felt before.

It’s hard to explain what that feeling has been. But that first bird photograph was not just about making a photograph. Rather, it was regarding making a personal connection with one more living creature, and giving that connection through a captured image. It was almost as if I was alone in a room, and then suddenly I discovered other people around me. Suffice this to say, I have been hooked on bird photography and birdwatching ever since.

Varied Honeyeater
Varied Honeyeater, Pentax K-50 + FA* 300 f/4. 5 @ 300mm, ISO 800, 1/400, f/5. 6

I have had numerous creative passions in life like math and music, but photography and bird digital photography in particular stand out as the majority of enthralling and exciting. Looking back, I think that hens have so far provided the best combination of intellectual stimulation, artistic exploration, connection with the natural world, and challenge. I also can’t reject the social benefits of bird photography. I have met so many wonderful people such as parrot photographers, birders, or just folks who see me with a large lens and who want to learn more about what I’m doing.

The story of how I came to Photography Life extends back to the time when I got that first DSLR. I somehow found this website by means of my extensive research also it quickly became one of my favourite daily reads. I cherished the beautiful photography, and am still remember how relaxing it was to go over Nasim’s Imatest results comparing different lens. Over the past few years I also got the feeling that I wanted to perform content creation on a more professional basis. I have always loved writing, and I can’t seem to help writing about almost anything I actually do.

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee, Nikon D500 + 500mm f/5. 6 PF @ 500mm, ISO 1250, 1/400, f/5. 6

I searched for months on job boards to get something I could do along with photography and writing, but I wasn’t surprised to find very few results. So , when I saw that Nasim and Bradzino were hiring, I sent in my application right away. Now that I’ve joined the team, I am thrilled that I may have the opportunity to share my photographic adventures with a large target audience and learn from my fellow writers.

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