When I started this blog, I never would have guessed how much pleasure I would get from my camera. Nowadays I take my camera wherever I go. There is always something that catches my eye or sparks my interest. I snap snap snap away at Olly doing his thing. I would Sam and Alfie too, but alas they have grown camera shy. I love taking close ups of nature, and can often be found lying on my stomach in a lane somewhere in St Ives to get the perfect shot. As I go on my daily walks, my eye is constantly scanning for something of interest to record.
I am more confident with the camera when I am outdoors. I love looking at pictures of food (as my many cookery books will attest), but find I am not so good at capturing a good image myself. I admire Gillian and Jennifer for their ability to take a snap of an evening meal or some ingredients and make it look so inviting. And their images are always so sharp! I love Jane's self portraits and her funky close ups of clothing and materials. I look forward to seeing the beautiful images that appear here, here and here. There are so many more, and I find all of them so inspiring. I'm sure you have favourites of your own.
I love the story that a photograph can tell, or the way it can make something mundane look abstract and fabulous. I love the intimate close up of a butterfly or a child's face. I relish actions shots - slightly blurred off centre images that perfectly capture a moment in time. I am always excited when I download my images to see what has worked and what has not. Sometimes I surprise myself with a particular picture.
Indulge me while I show you
This is Nigella taken in my garden last summer. It's obviously a flower, but it has an abstract quality to it that I find pleasing. It is sharp and has depth.
I took this snap of Alfie adjusting his skinnies on the beach. It was snapped in a moment, an afterthought really, because I was chuckling to myself at the care and attention he was giving to getting them just right. This picture sums Alfie up to a tee.
The sea was so calm and beautiful on the day that I took this picture, and the yellow boat accentuated the blue and added interest to an otherwise bland shot.
I have a fascination with boats and their accessories. Lucky me living by the sea. I can often be seen homing in on bits of frayed rope and the like. This reminds me of tentacles, and the colours are good too.
Another shot taken in my garden. This time a Large White feeding from Verbena Boriensis. I used the soft focus function on my camera to get this image. I had to be patient - she kept flitting.
Smeatons Pier, St Ives. I just like the composition, and the seagull top right gives it a harmonious feel.
Alfie again. I like the depth of this picture. It gives you a sense of space. And obviously my son looks very handsome too!
This was another off the cuff snap, but I love, love, love this. I can't really put my finger on why it pleases me, other than it just works!
A Gatekeeper (I think) on a bramble. I like the sharpness of the photo juxtaposed with the blurred background. Nature is difficult to photograph, and for every one I am pleased with there are stacks that get deleted.
Breacon 2013. The mountain is in sun and the boys are in shade looking up at it. You can tell that they are looking up at the mountain, even though they have their backs to the camera. I like the sense of scale and drama.
This has a lovely sense of balance, and it's another of those off the cuff shots that came good.
Ripples left by the sea in the sand. This has a sense of movement, and I like the clarity and light.
So the reason for all this is simply that I had a book for Christmas entitled 'The Photographer's Eye.' I have been slowly reading through it, but feel that I need to work through it practically too. And what better way than here on my blog! A weekly post, chapter by chapter with some homework thrown in for good measure.
The first chapter is entitled 'The Image Frame.' I don't intend to copy and paste chunks of the book, but I will attribute when appropriate. Rather it will be my understanding (or not) of what each chapter has to say, and applying it to some of my photographs.
Oh and I think it might be a fun project for me to do and share with you too!!
My my my this old blog is starting to go in different directions....................