Update: January 2014
I’ve been taking photographs for artistic reasons since March 2011 and started this blog in April 2011. I have the same camera – a Pentax Optio H90 – a lovely little compact camera which enables quite a variety of photos to be taken. I haven’t gone down the DSLR route as I fear I would get lost in the quagmire of technology. The important thing for me is to see something interesting in the first place, and then to quickly capture what I have seen. I don’t spend a lot of time searching out a subject or lining it up or getting the settings right; it is quite intuitive. I also still don’t do very much post-processing; probably less than I did at the start. I like the image to be as close to when I saw it as possible to maintain a sense of integrity. I sometimes tweak contrast and saturation very slightly. I also crop when necessary.
Nature photography continues to be my main subject – it is where I feel happy and most at home.
My photographic aims for 2014 are to continue being in tune with my Natural surroundings – and perhaps creating a series of images about people. It will continue to be a record of weather events and of places I go.
I began taking photographs during March 2011 after I received a digital camera for my birthday.
At first I concentrated on photographing garden flowers as Spring unfolded and then moved beyond the garden into the expanse of local crop fields and other natural areas of interest. As of early 2012 I’m continuing to explore subjects and compositions.
I really enjoy taking photographs for many reasons: it has enabled a closer connection to nature and has increased my awareness of the natural world – particularly in my local area; I love the creative aspect; and I also enjoy the meditative quality of taking photographs – it stills the mind and facilitates being ‘in the moment’. I try to apply this to my life generally now.
I generally don’t use very much post-processing – instead I like to experiment with natural conditions. The emotional impact of an image is more important for me than technical perfection. I really like the moody feel of B&W photography and am experimenting with this, and in the future I’d like to experiment with textures.
I try to post an image every day and with a couple of exceptions have managed this since March last year. I prefer to post current images as this blog also doubles as a personal record of what I do and where I go and so on. It also serves as a record of weather conditions.