Despite the fact that I have very little internet access, to the extent that it can be weeks or months without getting much access, I have decided to make a new blog based around my photography.
I am pretty much an amateur just starting out. I recently upgraded my kit to a Nikon D600 (no sensor issues here thankfully) and a selection of lenses, 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm 2.8 and a 50mm 1.8 prime. Being an upgrade from a smaller older D3000 it was quite the learning curve having a more advanced camera and some decent quality glass to go with it, and making the change from using the preset modes and just pointing and shooting to using A, S or full M modes. More often than not I screw a photo up still, but getting better and better.
That’s not to say I am a great photographer, not yet. I am a half decent photographer who lets himself down with unpracticed technique. But no one ever became great without first making all the mistakes (except of course those blessed people with natural talent, whom I both love and hate simultaneously) so I will keep plodding along whilst I have the opportunity. It may be I’ll be unable to do much for a while this year due to other commitments, but that is yet to be determined. But that is another story and not one for this blog.
So enough of that.
So, photography wise what do I like. As a viewer I like most forms of photography. I do prefer portraiture, artistic nudes, landscapes, urban decay and candid and street photography. These types are also the themes I will probably try to pursue as I develop my own skills. So far I have been starting of with the street and candid photography, with a bit of hunting down old farm houses and machinery. I have also been trying to talk to a couple local women in the hope that I may be able to use them as guinea pigs to start practicing some portrait skills.
I have been trying to arrange a natural light photo shoot with her. Introduced via her mother, a local shop owner. She is a natural beauty. She is young and busy though so getting her at a good time has been a nightmare. This was not posed, just a snap shot taken in the door of her parents shop whilst the town was suffering a blackout. Some editing in PS and LR.
Portraiture is my main goal. I suffer from a lack of confidence both in approaching potential models and in my skills, but I do understand I need to get over it to move ahead. So I have been doing a lot of candid photgraphy, particularly at the excellent local markets etc.
This girl is the most wonderful, beautiful and vibrant young ladies I think I have ever met. And turned out to be very photogenic (well I could be biased here lol)
To lovely girls at a local market.
Don’t know her name, but she was having a wonderful time in the sun and made for an enticing subject
The other thing I have been doing is a bit of exploring the area and finding old stuff, and roaming around the acres around the house.
Bath tub in abandoned farm house in my local area.
View of Mount Lindsay, Mount Barney and Glennie’s Chair.
Chasing the lightning.
Fork in post. Nuff said.
That is about it for an introduction. Gives a brief overview of what I have been up to and where I wish to go.
Hopefully my internet remains consistent enough to keep this updated without too long between posts.