Take A Deep Breath and… Blow!

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So, here I am, just heading into year three of my photography journey and it’s been rewarding, frustrating, beautiful and humbling. I’ve exhibited once and have a second in the pipe line. I’ve raised over £1400.00 for charity and have my work hanging on over 200 walls across the world in 2018….

And relax, right, that the trumpet blowing done. I really don’t know how to put into words how proud of myself I feel but believe me, this journey is only just getting started.

If you’re just starting out on your own journey then the little snippets of advice I would offer is look harder, ignore the criticism (arseholes), listen to the critique (beautiful, generous people on the same journey, just a few stations further along), learn and don’t beat yourself up too much. I’m only catching everyday moments, the trick is to see past the everyday bit.

P.S. The sun sets tomorrow too.

xx

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I need a challenge….

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I’ve just got to work out what the hell it’s going to be. I can’t believe that it’s fast approaching the anniversary of the final manual 365 post and, while I’ve been complacent in my blog posts, I’ve still been pushing myself with my camera. I’m still learning, still improving and yes, it’s for you. But first and foremost, it’s for me.  Shall we see where this is going to take us?

35 by 35…

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So, a new challenge methinks, I have the tools at my disposal and those tools are not extensive, there will be my trusty D3300, now feeling a little worn but still delivering the goods. And my 35mm, f/1.8 prime lens (I love it sooo much!) the rest will just be gravy.

So, here we go, 35 shots over 35 days using only my 35mm lens and it might involve maths (did you know that 35×35=1225 and that 1225 is a Angel Number? Nope, nor did I and to be honest…. I don’t think so… But I will be sure to let you know if I experience any unexpected “energy” ((I won’t)) during my challenge.)

So, to my first shot, a fully charged hover fly on a daisy, I love these insects. They mimic the bad boys (wasps) they drink nectar rather than blood (horseflies) and they can beat their wings quicker than anything else in the animal kingdom.

Boom, there it is, a half decent blog post after the dismal attempts of the last 9 months…

And I’m going to include some techie bits too. f/1.8, 1/3200th sec, the shutter speed was so quick because it was the middle of the day and 1.8 is wide open so even at ISO 100 the amount of light in the exposure was extensive. I wanted to shoot at 1.8 to get a shallow depth of field so the focus was on the fly and the flower and throw the rest of the frame out of focus (Bokeh) so a compromise had to be made.

See you tomorrow! x

Neglect…

It’s a hard word and I have no excuses so I won’t bother trying.

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Sorry I haven’t been about folks. I do have every intention of including my blog more in my everyday life which I’ll admit has been fairly busy recently (see, the excuses had to start) But, there have been some developments.

I am now one of the founding members of the Mere Photography Collective (aka Meretogs) A small local collection of photographers who will being meeting in the pub and sharing their knowledge, experience and tips over a couple of beers!

I am also honoured to be featured on The Ink Pot Online Gallery a great little charity that enables disadvantaged and upcoming artists to get their work out there. Feel free to fill your carts Peeps! ;o)

And also, still taking photos… And that’s the important bit! ;O0

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Peace you beautiful people! xxx

Done…

404 people, 9 days, lots of cider, lots of praise, lots of laughter, a little bit of boredom, 1 fight and some really wonderful, genuine people. And that Ladies and Gentlemen was my first ever exhibition.

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But on the other hand I’ve sold 18 of the prints that were. Costs have been covered with a little bit of gravy so all in all, a success.

Now, I’m dog tired but very, very happy… And scared of what the hell I’m going to do now!

And my little bit of advice if you’re thinking about exhibiting your work, do it, you have nothing to lose and, believe me, so so much to gain!

Thanks again to Glen and Michelle and to Sandie and my kids for their support!

It’s been great!

*drops mike*

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DSC_4181-Pano-Edit-Edit.jpgAs you can see I’m really working on my soon to be (really) here exhibition…

This was the view from my office this lunchtime while I was doing my real job, pesky real job, putting me in all these wonderful locations around Wiltshire and distracting me so much that I need to get a 4 photo panorama of Roundway Down near Calne. A neolithic hill fort with commanding views across Devizes and a large swathe of the Wiltshire countryside. The light was hard, hence the B&W edit but I like! ;o)