The need to disconnect from the world continues to grow, slowly becoming fed up with all the noise coming from all angles of life, always demanding but never giving.
Days like these on a remote beach help to forget about all the demands and provides an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones, and to sit and watch the waves knowing no one can reach you because there is no phone reception.
Sculpture by the Sea event returned to my local beach after a long break due to, well you know why it got cancelled/delayed, and the crowds returned as well. The crowds can be frustrating at times as people will inadvertently be in your frame, and I found to achieve the best results by focusing on a particular area of the sculpture or angling the camera up away from the crowds. This technique sort of worked most of the time however there we occasions that it was unavoidable.
It was enjoyable experience getting out and photographing my local area as the sun set on another sweltering day and I was reminded I needed to photograph more of my local area in the future.
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My phone was flooded with messages about Kite Surfers getting big air at my local beach and photographic opportunities were being missed. I grabbed my gear and headed to the beach, found a good spot to capture some action shots however the camera had other ideas.
Its hard to explain what was happening but I’ve put it down to the batteries being really low and the camera couldn’t decide between where to provide power, to the lens or the body. As kite surfers are fast moving I was shooting in Mode S (Shutter-Priority Auto) to capture the action. This leaves the camera to decide the Aperture for the best results but all but one of the shots was either over or underexposed and the camera wouldn’t focus nor allow me to press the shutter button.
I persevered (what I really mean is that I wrestled with the camera whilst muttering under my breath WTF is wrong this camera) for over an hour before I headed back to the car knowing one photo might be salvageable however but the rest would end up in the trash as they were useless.
At some stage in our careers as photographers, pro or amateur we will experience equipment failing and nothing we try to do to rectify the issue doesn’t work, and it seemed it was my turn. Some times its best to pack it in and come back tomorrow for another go.
Really enjoying the 52-week smartphone challenge as it has forced me to consider how to approach each week’s theme and this week had me searching for leading lines everywhere I looked.
This photo was taken using a Samsung Note 10 and processed (whilst sitting on the beach) using Snapseed.
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Looking for a composition whilst walking the coastline at sunset had me thinking about how to apply this weeks theme, rule of thirds. I had a composition in mind even before I left the house however I found it didn’t work due to a number of factors including people in the foreground and not able to capture the composition I wanted.
Wandering further, I discovered a couple taking photographs of the sunset and capturing silhouettes of people standing on the rock wall.
Plucking up the courage to approach to ask if they minded if they would pose for me was a little scary however after explaining about the smartphone challenge they were happy to oblige.
We all carry smartphones with us everywhere we go and I am always looking for inspiration to continue to learn and improve my skills as a photographer, especially using a smartphone. A good way to improve is to participate in photography challenges as they cause you to think about the theme and they do what the title says, they challenge you. And what a great way to kick off the new year and a new decade by participating in smartphone challenge curated by Khürt from Island in the Net.
The challenge is called the 52 week smartphone challenge which provides plenty of inspiration and has some thought provoking themes to keep you thinking and improve on all those rubbish awesome photos stored in your phone. If you would like to join in, click on the link above.
I also highly recommend you don’t do what I did by jumping the gun and submitting my first image last Friday. So I’m feeling like a bit of a goose but at the very least I have some good ideas and some photos for the first couple of weeks and can concentrate on the other photography challenge, the Tuesday Photography Challenge curated by Frank Jansen from Dutch Goes the Photo.
Frank provides some really interesting themes ensuring you think about how you will tackle it to produce a result and this weeks theme, Common, is no different.
The above photo was not what I set out to take however I was drawn to a large number of people standing on a rock wall silhouetting themselves against the sunset but I noticed this man sitting on his own watching the sun go down on another day.
To all of you who celebrate Christmas, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and for those who don’t celebrate it, I hope you have an enjoyable time with family and friends over the break.
After my last effort trying to capture a sunrise, I decided to stay away from lighthouses and try something a little less difficult.
Deciding to start the day with a walk along the beach with camera ready in hand (How romantic). No tripod and no extra gear. Just keeping it simple to try and enjoy my photography and rembering why I make photographs…… and to enjoy the sunrise.