How one hobby took over my life


NOV, 2017

Over the years I have spent untold hours either taking photographs, editing them or looking at them. I got my first proper camera aged just 10 (though I had a disposable camera aged 8) and since then I have continued to take photographs. It would be an understatement when I say that photography has been the habit of a lifetime.

My very first camera was a Halina Paulette Electric and I used it to shoot lots of photographs, mainly on Kodachrome but also black and white film. As my interest grew in my hobby so did my kit bag. Over the years I owned several cameras including Yashica FRII, Contax 139, EOS 620, Mamiya C220, Samsung NX11, Sony a6000 and now my Fuji X-T2.

Over the years I have tried to improve as a photographer and I am grateful in particular for the guidance given (and lots of encouragement) from a fellow photographer, John Malcolm. Many an hour I spent in the cellar at his and Nicky’s home, developing rolls of film and making large prints!

I have also given a lot of thought to the art of photography and thought about how we take photos and the thought processes behind such an act. I have learnt that the best photographs come as a result of what goes on in your mind before you press the shutter. To that end I have written a short blog post on my general blog here.

There are also numerous books I would recommend and there are links below to some them on Amazon. If you use the link and buy anything, I will earn a tiny fee from Amazon, which will help me continue this blog. You, on the other hand will not pay a penny extra.

Abberton Nature Reserve, Colchester, Essex

Photograph by Steven Dale © 2017

It’s very easy these days with all the technology available to us in our cameras (including our smartphone ones) to just fire off a load of shots without thinking about what it is we are photographing.

When I was younger (oh so much younger than today…) our cameras were very much mechanical and we had to wait until our roll of film (or sheet if using a large-format camera such as 5x4 inch) was developed before we could see the fruit of labours.

As a result we tended to take a lot of time thinking about our shots as film and it’s processing were expensive. in taking the image above I did use a digital camera but I also thought about what I wanted to achieve with my image. I took several shots from different angles and focal lengths in pursuit of ‘the perfect’ shot.

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
— Ansel Adams

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