As the pandemic drags on and defies our efforts to control it, as lives and livelihoods and families are affected by it, it's easy to become morbid and despondent. I know I have.
Now though, we can still be out there in the hills with our cameras, national boundaries respected, but still, it's a test of will to grab the camera bag on the way out. It has taken me until this month to manage it, even more to kick-start my inspiration.
I needed a clear out first. Too much kit and too many bags to carry it all was in itself an obstacle. So I decided what was vital and which lenses were seldom used and sold them, using the funds to upgrade my camera, and that lightened the load in more ways than one. So my first day out for a long, long time. First, the usual photographers' gripe - 'should have done this yesterday!'. Because the light was better the day before, not the grey dawn and overcast day I had chosen. Still, no such thing as bad light, just the wrong subject.
I scouted a location I had first spotted a couple of years ago from the other side of the valley. The light wasn't right, as you can see, but it has potential on a better day, so it's tucked away for another day. I spent the rest of the day by the River Derwent and in the woods searching for fungi, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. My new (to me) camera performed well and I was happy with my honed down gear and the need to make do with what I have left. It feels good to be back.
On-Line Tutoring - Send me 3 or 4 of your landscape images beforehand for critique. We'll discuss composition, structure, depth of the image and how to process to bring out and enhance light, colour and sharpness. An on-line session lasts usually around 90 minutes. We use ZOOM to share our meet, I will send you a link and all you need to do is click to start the session.
One-to-One training with Graham
Now available but with a few changes to meet the current restrictions and for the well-being of all involved! Book an OPEN DATE: A tailor-made one to one photography day covering any aspect of outdoor photography with Graham. With the current social distancing rules and depending on the topic you would like to cover, I may suggest we split the time between a longer face to face session and a remote review session of your chosen images.
New website up and running
New beginnings, new ventures, so a new website with more and larger images to tweak your interest. I enjoy sharing my passion and knowledge for all forms of outdoor photography, places to visit, new horizons to explore. So now this task is finally out of the way and things are beginning to get back to some kind of normality, I'd best get back out there and get on with it!