Make sure you Welcome Jason Polak to the Team!

Today, we’d just like you to offer a warm welcome to Photography Life’s newest writer, Jason Polak! Jason is a creatures photographer and mathematician from Canada whose great content and photos you’ve seen grace the homepage these types of past few weeks. Here’s a little from Jason about his journey as a photographer.


Jason Polak
Myself

My 1st memories of photography are childhood fragments of disposable and automatic film digital cameras. With those, I mainly just wandered around searching for delightful patterns, and I probably only ever shot ten rolls of film in my life. (I can capture that many images in a day at this point. )

Once, when I was about eight, I found a film SLR with a 55mm f/2 in a toy cupboard. Sadly, it was broken, yet I loved looking through the viewfinder because I could concentrate the lens and see the effects of shallow depth of field. I thought that was the coolest thing in the world. If only that camera could have actually taken a shot. Incidentally, I still remember that the lens was a 55mm f/2 because I found that digital camera again many years later, and I tried to reverse mount the lens onto another zoom lens for a rather odd macro system.

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

A few years later on in middle school, the computer science teacher told us we’d be helping style the school website, and it could have pictures on it. He showed us the school’s camera which we could use. This stored images to a floppy disk and it was just one megapixel. I thought it was so cool and convenient appearing compared to film, but sadly I never got to utilize it.

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

In fact , I did not seriously get into photography till graduate school in 2015, where I latched on to the idea of getting a DSLR. I’m not certain where I acquired that notion, but I had been using a compact camera and my cellphone for some time and it felt rather limiting to shoot with those. And maybe, I was encouraged from the Canon Rebels in a shop window, which I kept transferring on my way to school.

Regardless, I am a bit obsessive, and shortly I was reading about digital cameras for hours every day, dreaming of finally having one in my hands. It wasn’t long after which i bought the Pentax K-50. I still remember the first few shots I took by it, which were predictably horrendous – and what’s worse, these were JPEGs. Of course , I turned the camera to fresh 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 get into birds or wildlife right away. I did not even have an interest in wild birds and I hardly knew 2 things about them. At the time, I used to be living in Montreal, which has one of the nicest botanical gardens, so I got a lot of practice along with plants. But just one year later, my math level was ending and I realized that sadly, I had to get a job. Somehow, I managed to get the postdoctoral research position in Australia and as you might know, Sydney is known for its colourful birds.

I did not have a lens suitable for birding at the time, but one day, Used to do manage to capture a shot of a Rainbow Lorikeet at 210mm. Of course , I already a new passion for photography, nevertheless I saw that first parrot in my viewfinder, I sensed something I had never sensed before.

It’s hard to describe what that will feeling was. But that first bird photograph was not just about creating a photograph. Rather, it was about making a personal connection with another living monster, and sharing that link through a captured image. It had been almost as though I was solely in a room, and then suddenly I discovered other people around myself. Suffice it 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 had many creative interests in life such as math and music, but photography and bird photography in particular stick out as the most enthralling and exciting. Looking back, I think that birds have so far provided the right combination of rational stimulation, artistic exploration, reference to the natural world, and challenge. Also i can’t deny the sociable benefits of bird photography. I have met so many wonderful individuals such as bird photographers, birders, or just people who see me personally with a large lens and who want to know more about what I am doing.

The storyplot of how I came to Pictures Life goes back to the time when I got that initial DSLR. I somehow found this website through my comprehensive research and it quickly grew to become one of my favourite daily scans. I loved the stunning photography, and I still keep in mind how relaxing it was to go over Nasim’s Imatest results comparing different lenses. Over the past few years I also got the feeling which i wanted to do content creation on the more professional basis. You will find always loved writing, and I can’t seem to help talking about almost anything I do.

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

I actually searched for months on work boards to find something I possibly could do with photography plus writing, but I was not surprised to find very few outcomes. So , when I saw that Nasim and Spencer were hiring, I sent in my application right away. Now that I’ve joined up with the team, I am delighted that I will have the opportunity to share my photographic adventures using a large audience and learn through my fellow writers.

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