As you will know from the galleries on my site , it's a habit of mine to wander around the streets of Railton, Sheffield and other Kentish towns with my camera, taking pictures of the building and anything else that takes my fancy.
Last week while doing just that outside the Sheffield Uniting Church a lovely lady named Norma asked if I would like to go inside, of course I said Yes. I had a delight full few minutes drinking in the lovely light that streamed through the stained glass windows.
One of my favourite ways to spend a day is "traveling the countryside taking photos", wow that sounds like a normal day at work for me, but yesterday was different.
Spending the day cruising the countryside of the central coast of Tasmania with a fellow photographer is a far cry from a normal day at work for a regional press photographer.
The biggest difference was we had time to wander around and get distracted by the little details, and then there was no deadline - what a luxury.
A Rainbow is pretty much irresistible to the camera, I don't know if it comes from the childhood stories of the rainbow being God's promise or the photographers love of light and the spectrum.
Either way I find I pretty much have to photograph them when I see them weather it's just a hint or a full arc.
1. I don't care if my beanie looks dopey, it keeps my head warm and hair out of my eyes in the wind, this being particularly handy when taking photos.
2. Very happy with my 2nd hand 70 - 200 mm L series lens, it's not in perfect condition, it has a couple of scratches here and there but shoots nicely, considering the outlay even for 2nd hand I'm very relieved.
I went for a wonder around the tasmanian arboretum this morning to give the new lens a work out, the beanie was just about my most important piece of kit with the blustery winter winds we've got here in Tasmania at the moment.
And most importantly how do I recognise it?
"Photography is not like painting," Cartier-Bresson told the Washington Post in 1957. "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative," he said. "Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever."
Even more frustrating and down-heartening is being under pressure to create a decisive moment and failing.
Now how do I learn something that is intuitive, learn to see past the literal and find an element of composition and connection that will convey more, than the physical facts.
Seriously People any ideas will be greatly appreciated!
Well it's the start of the new financial year, and as good a place as any to begin a blog.
This website is a portfolio of my personal photographic work, but as you will know this is only a small part of the photography that I currently create, most of it is archived in The Advocate's servers with only a small portion of it ever being published in print or online.
My plan is for this blog to supplement the image galleries published here, give me an avenue to link up with some of my other work and develop some writing ability.
Tasmanian based, New Zealand born