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Happy 2nd Birthday to my Photo Blog!

Happy 2nd Birthday MiniF1 Photo!

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Being currently home on shore leave from my job as a Cruise Ship photographer, and with a bit of time on my hands, I decided it was high time I updated the About Me section of this website.  My circumstances have somewhat changed since I set this site up and I wanted to reflect this on the site.  So yesterday I took the opportunity to indulge in a little self-reflection and look back at how both my life and my photography have developed in the two years since its inception. It was then that I realised it was two years ago this month that I created this Photo Blog!

This photo blog site was born at a time in my life when I came to realise how important photography was to me and decided I wanted it to play a bigger role in my life.  But at the time I didn’t know how to realise that newfound ambition.  So I created this site as an experiment in self-expression, to showcase my favourite photos and to chart my journey of self-learning.

I had no idea what direction it would take… would I enjoy writing about photography, or the places I visited to take the photos, or just let the photos speak for themselves? Would it become the basis of a business, or a marketing tool? Or just a place to show off my newfound skills?

Even two years on, I’m still not entirely sure!

The ongoing journey

The tagline I set the site up with two years ago was ‘walk with me on my journey of photographic discovery’ and what a journey it has been.  From amateur hobbyist, to unemployed job seeker looking to turn my life upside down, to professional photographer on Cruise Ships, it’s fair to say both my life and my photographic journey have taken some twists and turns, which you can read all about in Chapters 1-3 in the About Me section:

Chapter 1: How I started
Chapter 2: Great Life Change
Chapter 3: The High Seas

The biggest development was becoming a cruise ship photographer, a job in which I have learned so much about different aspects of portrait photography, post-processing, printing and even filming.

And rest assured the journey is far from over.  Every day I am learning something new.

Moving to the Dark Side

Just this week, after months (or probably years) of cogitating I finally bit the bullet and bought a new camera.  Being a die-hard Canon user for over 20 years I have moved over to what my Dad refers to as the ‘Dark Side’ and bought a Nikon! The D750 DSLR is my first full-frame camera… and is by far the most expensive I have ever bought!

I could write a whole article on the reasons for this decision, and I may well do.  Suffice for now to say this is not a decision I took lightly, but so far I am pleased with the results 🙂

Where will I be two years from now?

I am still happy in my job as a photographer at sea, but I don’t think that will last forever.  I am always on the look-out for ideas as to how I can transition from life at sea to whatever comes next.  I think I would like to become a freelance photographer of some sort, with aspects of travel and possibly motorsport mixed in.  But the picture in my head is too fuzzy at the moment, which means I’m not quite ready for the next step yet.

So watch this space and let’s see where this photo blog and I find ourselves in two years’ time!

On the wing

A trip to the Cotswold Falconry Centre introduced me to these beauties.  A mix of owls and birds of prey, they each have their own unique characteristics.

Cornwall at Christmas

Highlights from my post-Christmas trip to the southern tip of Cornwall.  Thank you to Anya & her family for inviting me to join you for a few days!

I’d also like to say a special thank you to my brother Steven, who bought me a year’s subscription to Adobe Photography suite for Christmas.  I’ve enjoyed editing these photos using Adobe Lightroom rather than the freebie editing software I’ve been using to date.  A whole new world has opened up to me!

Walk with me on my journey of photographic exploration