It’s 2015’s World Photography Day today and I’m using it as an
excuse reason to post some of my favourite photos I’ve taken this year.
Photography is something I enjoy. A lot. I can get lost in it. Working forever to get that perfect shot of whatever it is I’m trying to capture. I’m by no means anything but a very amateur hobbyist with the will to grow my knowledge by just taking photos.
This post is a reminder. A reminder to myself to just keep taking photos. Photos of the every day. No matter what it is. Even if it’s not deemed shareable. I’ve fallen back on the excuse of just being home all the time to not take photos. Because they won’t be interesting. But the only way I’m going to keep on learning is to keep taking photos. Keep practicing. Keep learning.
A few years ago (Maybe as many as TEN), I took the plunge and bought my first DSLR. The Nikon D5000.
My Nikon D5000 has been with me everywhere since then. But towards the early part of this year I was hankering for something new. Well, either a new lens or camera body. I opted for a new lens (the Tokina 11-16mm wide angle), satisfied in the knowledge that I’ll carry on learning with a new lens, while saving for that new camera body I’d been lusting after – the Nikon D7200.
So, my parents are kind of awesome. They were generous enough to buy me the D7200 for my birthday. A move I totally wasn’t expecting. When my mum asked me for a birthday wish list I casually shoved the D7200 on at the end, labelling it as a dream gift. Meanwhile most of the list was a list of Kindle books, things I need for work, because … that’s more birthday gift-like for someone in their early 30s, right?
Once I got the camera in my hands, I was a little overwhelmed. While not a massive step up from the D5000, the D7200 has so many more dials and buttons and features that I was feeling a little lost and wondered if I should not have pushed more for some Kindle books!
Pushed that thought aside and took some steps to get myself familiar with the camera, and here they are. I thought they were worth sharing if you’re moving up to a new camera or getting your first DSLR.
Mentioning to anyone that my parents live in Portugal confuses the heck out of whomever decided to ask. They’ll look at me and, if they’ve just met me, wonder whether I’m from Portugal. But my name’s not really European. So what gives? (Things get really confusing when they ask where my parents are from and I say East Africa…)
The long and short of it, my parents have (semi) retired in Portugal. For as long as I can remember, every year, we’d be in Portugal at least twice a year for holidays. Usually the same place by the sea. After years or living and working in London, who wouldn’t want to live where there’s infinitely more sunshine?
Not long ago I spent a good hour standing in my balcony desperately trying to take a photo of some lightning. Not just some lightning, but an epic lightning and thunderstorm that was going on above my head.
It didn’t go so well. The best I could do was, well, this:
One of those blurry could be almost anything shots. Heck, I could have faked that better in Photoshop.
Snapping away at the farmers market the other Saturday I took this very accidental shot.
Going through the photos in Lightroom a couple of days later I came across this photo. This woman staring right back at me through the lens. I had no idea.
Street photography is one type of photography I’d like to do more of. But I’m not yet over that feeling of being that person randomly on the street with a camera, taking photos of random stuff.