September 31st 2017
Hello World! Back in 2005 (ish) I thought I was hanging up my blogging boots. But it seems that blogs are back in, and why not use this as a good chance to improve my photography skills. I will not be taking photos of just anything and then writing about them. I shall be setting myself challenges and then at the end of each month, I will put up a post with my efforts.
But let’s start with a bit about my photography history. I started becoming interested in photography in about 2008 when I had my first DSLR, the Nikon D3000. After a few of years of experimentation I decided I would take on a photography challenge where I would take, edit and upload a photo every day for a year. I used this experience as a way to discover new techniques and approaches to photography. While I don’t have a particular style or technique at the moment, taking a photo every day for a year did help me develop as an amateur photographer. I’ll be honest, at the end of the year, after 366 photos, with some squeezed into 5 minute gaps in a day, I was in desperate need of a break and sadly I didn’t take many photos for a while.
This is one of my favourites that I took during that year. It was my first attempt at HDR and since then haven't quite been able to use HDR to the same effect. It was one of those photos where everything came together, with the stormy cloud and sun coming through at the same time.
"The best photos are found in unexpected opportunities"
Since then, I tried a couple more daily photo challenges, but with my increased interest in exercise and fitness I have had less available time and never again managed to see out an entire year. In the last 6 months I have had the pleasure of being the photographer at a couple of weddings, and have had a holiday around California that has reignited my passion for photography.
I took this photo recently at Point Loma in California and it is the photo I have chosen to kick off this blog with. Why have I picked this one? Well this is not the kind of photo you would expect to see when you are taking photos of California. Of course, I have photos of the Golden Gate Bridge and the amazing coastline, but sometimes the best photos are found in unexpected opportunities. I wanted this photo to look like I was far away from civilisation, but what you don’t know is that I was standing on a road, only 100 yards from a car park. And if I was take a photo facing the opposite direction you would have a very foggy ocean.
So Hello World, I am back! I'll be back in September with my first challenge which is...
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