Year Two – January

I am going to keep taking photos… but instead of blogging, I am going to share a photo from everyday I have managed to capture one or edited one throughout the month … add them to this blog whilst I can and share them on the last day of the month!

Limiting myself to just sharing one photo a day is much harder than I thought – I have to choose the best one for that day and although limiting myself gives me more time to edit, and allows me to develop a theme – it makes me think a lot more about the photo I want to share. Very much a new challenge! Continue reading

October Highlights

October – ten months of blogging, and what a blast I have had … if someone said to me 10 months ago would I like to photograph a wedding – I would have run a mile, I can now say that I was “the wedding photographer”, I have discovered the style of wedding photos I would like to produce and through the experience I can totally appreciate why wedding photography is expensive and how with the changing light you really need to live and breathe your camera.

If at the beginning of the year I would never have thought I could take an amazing set of photos with gels, smoke and an adorable baby in my own kitchen I would have thought they were having a laugh…. I am beginning to realise anything is possible! Continue reading

September Highlights

September ninth month of blogging, and this month I got published on Day 254 – not something that was in the plan at the start of the year, but something that helps me feel that the journey was worth while. I am delighted to see my photo in print. I captured a solar eclipse in detail, and I pushed myself further than I thought possible.

I have also agreed to join the committee of my local camera club, taking on the role of publicity officer – and look forward to finding out more about that role. Continue reading

August Highlights

August, the eighth month of blogging, experimenting and trying new skills and practicing old ones.

Thought for the month:

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
― Ansel Adams

July Highlights

July, the seventh month of blogging, experimenting and trying new skills and practicing old ones.

I have also brought a new lens – the Canon 28-300mm (my first white lens) and I love it and a new camera body – I am now using a canon 7D mark ii and I love it!

I have researched and experimented with some different bits of equipment, I have experimented on photoshop and Lightroom, I have been looking at lots of other people’s images and I am slowly working my way through a book all about my new camera … I have so much to learn and I am so glad that I choose to undertake this project … I feel I am learning so much about the world I live in, and about photography…

June Highlights

Still here… 6 months into my Photo Challenge and I am delighted to still be taking pictures, trying new things, experimenting, repeating ideas and finding out what I like … but I also feel I am finding out where my gapping holes are … I need to

  • Think about my ISO, shutter and aperture triangle more…
  • Think about exposure and the white balance more and use my grey card properly.
  • Think about Light and Understand it more.
  • Continue learning Lightroom

Hopefully some of the ideas will be reflected in the forth coming images … and although I am going to read up more… I am going to do more practical experiments as after all….

Photography is not about having the most cameras, that only shows you’ve got plenty to spend. Photography is not about collecting photobooks, that only shows you appreciate art. Photography is about making photographs, that’s when you are a photographer.

May Highlights

Wow 5 months! 151 days and I am still taking photos and now loving every moment of doing my blog, discovering new opportunities and being creative with my camera. I can’t believe how quickly this year is passing – my youngest children turned 16, my eldest passed his driving test, and I personally have learnt so much about my camera and now I can’t wait to see what the next month brings … I have got so many ideas that I now want to capture…

Anyway here are some of my highlights from May!

April Highlights

April – the fourth month of the year is now over and who would have guessed that I would still be taking photos and writing about it … I have now blogged for 120 days and I have discovered so much:

  • I like to photograph things I like – landscapes, nature, plants
  • I like to capture things that have meaning to me – my dinner, my knitting, my flowers…
  • I like to experiment and try new things
  • I like sunset photos and long exposures
  • I love talking to new mums and photographing babies… I am going to continue with this….
  • I love visiting properties and taken interior shots
  • I am amazed at how quickly seasons and children change… moments are captured and then disappear, I see so much now I think with my camera, and there is just not enough time to capture every moment.
  • I have no plan in the direction of this blog but I am influenced by the photos of others on the various facebook feeds and blogs I follow and they inspire me to keep capturing my year.

I would love to say thank you if you have signed up to follow my blog, it makes such a difference knowing someone is reading (although my spelling & grammar is awful), your comments & likes are appreciated and I hope you enjoy seeing how I develop. I feel I have already improved since January and I know now I want to continue creating pictures.

Highlights from March

The third month of the year – to look back over the last three months, means looking back over 90 days … That is an amazing 90 blogs, 90 photo experiments and learning experiences.

I have enjoyed experimenting with long exposures, getting out and about taking landscape shots, trying new things – solar eclipse, photographing a sphere and having my first look at shutter speeds… next month who knows – but I like the spontaneity of trying new things!