When I was 8, my father gave me my first camera – a simple little box that took black and white pictures on a roll of film. I was delighted and started taking photos of my friends and countryside straight away.
Various cheap cameras followed and were mainly used to take holiday pictures.
Many years later, when I turned 21, I got my first ‘proper’ camera: an SLR with tele lense, wide angle and loads of other equipment. Now I was really hooked!
With my father’s advice and support and a course in photography, I started experimenting and finding my own style.
When I met my husband, who had been interested in chemistry and developing pictures in the past, we set up a darkroom (honestly, not what you think, we really developed photographs!). Then I developed an interest in studio photography and lighting, and we even ran our own portrait studio for a short time.
The appearance of digital cameras really fanned my flame of passion. Suddenly it had become more affordable to take as many pictures as I liked and the instant gratification of seeing them on my computer screen minutes later, was this photographer’s sheer bliss.
I have a special interest in nature photography, landscapes and looking at the world from very close up.
With my pictures I am trying to capture and convey moods, emotions and the beauty of nature.
Now, 50 years later (really?), I have just started investing more time (and money!) into this passion. I joined a local camera club and enrolled in an online course to get myself off Automatic and learn to use my Canon G5X more fully. A few weeks ago I also bought a Canon M5 with 18-150mm zoom lens to extend my skills and take my photography to the next level.
From now on I will share my learning, successes and mistakes in this blog and do hope you will enjoy reading about my excursions, experiments and excitements and be able to avoid some of the mistakes I made in my photography. I also hope that my images will lift and inspire you.
I love taking pictures, particularly of nature, flowers, landscapes, close-ups and architecture. I enjoy travelling and exploring and finding creative ways to capture the world as I see it. Combining my pictures with my inspirational articles gives the reader, I feel, a more holistic experience.
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