I can’t believe that I have now been writing this blog on a regular basis for almost 3 months and that people are still visiting. Many thanks… Maybe this is the time to take stock of what I have achieved (if anything) during this short period of time. Firstly, I would like to thank all of you who have taken the time to give me encouragement and feedback. It really is appreciated.
So as well as being cheered up by all the feedback what else have I achieved? I do feel that I have improved as a photographer, certainly in terms of which lens to use when, the importance of using a tripod, shooting at night, etc. Not sure if the improvement is visible from post to post but I certainly feel it. Since May I have seen one image published on a greetings card, have won a local photography competition and come second in the Guardian’s garden wildlife poll. So all in all I am pretty pleased with progress thus far. I have had a couple of rejections from greetings card companies but both were complimentary and promised to keep me on file (and expressed that I should keep in touch).
From the comments and feedback I have received it seems that many of you feel that my talent (?) might lie in macro/landscape photography and I must admit this is what interests me the most. Although, that said I haven’t really done enough portraits as it’s a bit of a legal mine field (or at least seems to be). Self portraits are all well and good but you would soon get tired of my face staring out at you. I think pictures taken of people at events are OK to post but the sort of close-up intimate portrait that I need practice in really needs willing victims … sorry models… who don’t mind their faces posted on t’internet. That said I have take some pictures of friends children that have been well received and another portrait of a friend that has joined a band (in moody black and white) also went down well (for making him look cool and not the middle-aged old giffer that he really is).
So all in all, probably a B+ sp far. But could do better… Future plans? Well I have entered more competitions and it has also been suggested that I should self-publish some of my flower pictures as greetings cards – this I will need to look into as cost is going to be a primary concern and I’m a wee bit skint at the moment.
And today’s picture? Well, it’s Friday isn’t it. I took this at Glastonbury with the trusty 50mm prime lens referred to in previous posts. These guys were standing on top of one of the stones in the stone circle ‘raving’ for want of a better word (apologies for the 80s language). As it was night time the shutter stayed open for a second or two – to let as much light as possible in – which means I got this great effect of light trails from the glowsticks they were waving.
All comments are welcome as always.