Photography – the pilgrim’s progress

Much of my blogging is about photography. I try not to get too technical but inevitably I stray into jargon occasionally.

My first camera was a Brownie Cresta 3. Today the cabinet is full of cameras but there are a few I use frequently:

My Canon 1Dx for birds
My Canon 5D3 for close ups
My Fujifilm XT-1 for travel
My Fujifilm X100s for street photography
My Leica M9 for street photography

This list reveals the genres I enjoy. It is an eclectic mix. I shoot digital but retain an old M3 for occasional film forays.

I have no formal training. I have done a couple of workshops but mostly I am self-taught. I would like to improve my processing. I use Lightroom (currently v5.5) and sometimes CS6. I also like the NIK (now Google) suite, especially Silver Efex Pro. SEP satisfies my love of monochrome.

Over the years I have gradually improved the technical side of my photography but only now do I find a growing restlessness that my images lack any artistic merit. Too much is derivative, generic and unoriginal. So I read, study and admire the work of others in an attempt to develop my creative eye. I have started to understand colour better. I am less willing now to snap for the sake of snapping.

My lenses run from the shoulder crushing Canon 800mm IS lens I use a lot for birds to the 10-24mm Fujifilm lens that adds a completely different option to my photography. I do less heavy lifting nowadays as I age and kit weight becomes a factor. The Fujifilm XT-1 is my most recent love affair. Light, powerful, exceptional image quality and sensibly priced, it is starting to relegate my Canon gear to the dry cabinet for longer periods of time.

I find photography therapeutic. Frustrating at times too but generally wandering alone or with maybe a single partner I enjoy searching out something new to write with light. I hope you find something of interest here.


One thought on “Photography – the pilgrim’s progress

  1. I haven’t had a real camera for 45 years and even then it wasn’t mine. I wiuld love it if you went back to my blog and searched “the photographer”

I'd be delighted to hear what you think

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s