Photo Friday #1

I’ve decided to start a new little series. Instead of the ‘Friday Thoughts’ that I managed to do twice, I am having a ‘Photography Friday’. I call myself a photographer, though not professionally. My career goal is to do something related to wildlife photography, writing or conservation. I do have a website for my photography work (which i’m redesigning!) but I thought I would have a post on here every week with at least one photo of mine and my thoughts to go with it.

You buy a DSLR, and you assume that finally you will have good photographs. Of course, that doesn’t happen. It takes time to get to know the camera, to learn the controls and to know what makes a ‘good photograph’. I was lucky in that I was taught from the beginning on an SLR at college, and so manual controls were what I used pretty much from the get go. We had to memorise the apertures and shutter speeds, had to take photographs on film and then develop/print them ourselves. I would strongly advise anyone to grab an SLR and try using manual. It really does help you to learn, and it’s a great process!

To start this series off, I’m going to go back to where I started! In 2010, I took on the 365 photo project. It was difficult to keep up with a (good!) photo a day and I was just starting out in photography. Looking back, there’s so many photos that I’m embarrassed about! Now these photos don’t show the exact start, these are a good 5/6 months into the 365 that I did andy photography has definitely come a long way, even if I am photographing completely different things now! Back then, it was pretty much all myself…

Oh how this image makes me miss summer! I still quite like this one actually.This was done using the brenizer method, and I really love how it makes photos look!
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

Bloody knees. I had seen this done a lot online, and I just wanted to do my own version. I’m posting it because I think it’s pretty funny. (Even if I did use obviously fake background blurring! Oh depth of field…)
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This one just makes me smile. Taken 3 and a half years ago… Wow!
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Now this one just reminds me of film, and that’s why I like it. It has no real ‘story’, I mean, why am I staring into trees?
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The gate and half of the ivy was real – I’ll let you guess which side. The rest was edited… I was just pretty impressed with this edit.
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And a simple colour contrast to finish it off. I don’t know why I like this one. I just miss that hoodie.
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Next week I’m going to show some of my 52 Weeks Project…

  • The sun-drenched Summer one, the silhouette in sunset and the door surrounded by Ivy are my faves.