ME AND MY PHOTOGRAPHY
How did i get interested in Landscape Photography?
It all started for me really after the birth of my Daughter in 1999 when I
decided to buy my first digital camera to capture those early precious
memories of her growing up.
I snapped away for a few years like most proud fathers would I guess but
eventually the novelty started to wear off and the camcorder took over.
Instead of letting the camera go to waste i started taking it with me when i
walked the dog around the countryside and onto the Quantock Hills near to
where i live in Taunton.
I enjoyed photographing the countryside and views realising that I was
much better at Landscape Photography as apposed to photographing family
I then started following well known Landscape Photographers through the
internet and book realising that i wanted to be like them.
I found myself wanting to get out more and more to photograph Landscape,
trying out various techniques such as using the rule of thirds and finding
interesting lead-in lines for
I eventually decided to join a local photographic club even though I was a
tad scared at the time but i had some encouraging remarks about my work
which gave me even the confidence to continue pushing myself more and
I am currently in a transition period between my full time Electrical
Engineer's role and my Landscape Photography business which has been
building over time with the final goal of becoming a full time pro.
"It started as a hobby, which eventually turned into a passion, but has now become a way of life".
Why do i do it and what fuels my passion for Landscape Photography?
Often i get asked these two questions.
People say to me that i must be nuts setting my alarm for 3 or 4 am in the morning and then travelling for sometimes hours to a location for Sunrise.
For most people this is a crazy thing to do but Landscape photographers are a strange breed being awake when most people are asleep and then often sleeping during the day when the majority of people are awake.
I do it because i absolutely love being awake before first light and seeing those beautiful transitions of colour from the cool blue tones of 5000 Kelvin and over which gradually become warmer as the Kelvins drop and the sun gets closer to the horizon.
Eventually nature greets you with that warmer light as the golden hour kicks in, this moment is what the majority of Landscape Photographers crave for.
The sun finally starts to appear breaking over the horizon and filling the Landscape with splashes of warm golden light illuminating the land giving texture and shadow to the Landscape.
It's these short periods of time that gives me such a buzz and has become such an addiction to me.
Its a big challenge trying your utmost to work with the light to capture that single moment in time especially in sometimes difficult weather conditions.
These fleeting moments can literally be seconds which makes the whole process so addictive to me and makes me want to continue photographing over and over again.
What fuels my passion regarding Landscape Photography really is the whole process from capturing that one moment to printing the image to paper.
Only then am i happy looking at the print knowing that the whole process had been achieved by myself which I find very rewarding.
I'm inspired by the equipment too as Sigma especially look for new innovations in their sensor and camera designs which are often unique and renders a different look to images compared to the conventional Bayer sensor.
This i find interesting as new sensor designs often means tweaks to my processing workflow to attempt to get the very best out of the Foveon sensor.
All of these things continuously keeps me looking for better ways of doing things wether it's new locations to visit, better ways to process images or working with clients wanting tuition there's always something that keeps me interested.