Am I a serious photographer?

I’m away on vacation for a few days and sitting here with just the Fujifilm X100V for company.

I made the determined effort to just bring the little Fuji for a number of reasons amongst them being I haven’t really spent that much time shooting with it.

It did get me thinking again whether for the majority of what I shoot am I a serious photographer and if I really need all the gear I have.

In my head I feel like I’m a serious photographer but the real dilemma is I don’t believe I am. I don’t make plans to go out and shoot at the best times of the day, I don’t plan days out and explore places to go.

I simply use my camera almost all of the time I’m out – not necessarily concentrating on ‘my thing’, more like shooting what’s in front of me.

But the strange thing is, I do have a thing.

There are certain photographs I take I do think are ‘my thing’.

I like open spaces & big skies and am definitely drawn towards this sort of photography, particularly in black and white.

I guess once again I’m trying to justify what gear I have and why I feel the need to have several different systems for what I shoot.

Coming full circle, I’m enjoying shooting with the X100v there are plenty of plus points about it, however there are things that drive me nuts about it as well – some of them my own doing and some the camera operation…but that’s for a different post on another day though.

It has made me think more, but I’m not ready to commit to a long term relationship with the X100v just yet.

Indeed the more time I spend with it makes me think my only logical choice going forward for my less than serious photography is to think more minimal and shoot only what is my thing.

Gentle Colour

A couple of weeks back, we had a little bit of mist in my part of the world along with some pretty cold conditions.

I wandered a small woodland area for a couple of hours or so along with a common I’d been eyeing up, which proved to be rather beautiful with the sun and haze just adding in a little atmosphere to go with the cold, icy ground.

Here’s a few photos from the morning, which inspite of me wanting to convert into monochrome, seemed to look better in colour with a gentle edit.

All photos shot on Leica M10-P & Summicron 35mm ASPH v2.

Sunday Strolling

Hanging the Leica M10-P over the shoulder along with the small but excellent Leica Summicron C 40mm f2 makes for a very compact, easy to use set up.

What better way to spend a sunny Sunday morning than wandering along the local canal towpaths looking for compositions with a flat white coffee as mid walk refreshment.

Starting to Feel The Black and White Pull

I’ve been shooting and editing to black and white almost exclusively since before Christmas and since the beginning of the New Year I’ve been shooting with a monochrome view through the live view of my camera.

I convert those images to a black and white preset when importing the files in to Lightroom, in order that I don’t get distracted by the colour RAW image at any point of taking a photograph.

It starting to feel like I’m starting to get somewhere slowly with how I want my woodland images to look and feel and this has come about from trial and error, either through the viewfinder or once imported into LR.

It’s a strange thing, but when I’m out with the camera now, I’m looking for those tones and trying to envisage how I will process the image, before pressing the shutter button.

I definitely prefer the darker, moodier look of black and white and that’s how I want to portray what I’m seeing when I’m out and about.

I’m trying to shoot more under exposed to be able to work with the shadows and highlights as I want, to give me the look I’m after.

So far, so good. For the first time in a while I’ve started to feel as if I’m shooting and editing how I want my photographs to look… and that can’t be a bad thing can it?!

All Good in the Wood

The best part of wanting to shoot more ‘outdoor’ photography is that where I live we have plenty of woodland around us and it’s the perfect way to get out and about – and to lose yourself for an hour or two.

I’m a newbie landscape and outdoor photographer.

I have no real past experience of shooting landscapes and it’s something I’ve come to quite late in my photography life. The best part of wanting to shoot more ‘outdoor’ photography is that where I live we have plenty of woodland around us and it’s the perfect way to get out and about – and to lose yourself for an hour or two.

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Mad Few Days

It’s been a few mad days…

Well, it’s been a mad few days hasn’t it – and that goes for the whole world, not just for us here in the UK.

I’m not going to say it doesn’t scare the shit out of me and my loved ones, especially when you take a look at the supermarkets and see the lack of supplies to hand available.

However, it’s not going to stop me – I will be careful with my ‘social distancing’ but it’s given me a great idea to finally get off my backside and start a little project.

Quite closeby, certainly in walking distance we have a wood and so to get out of the house whilst trying to avoid people as best I can, I’m going to dust off my trusty tripod and head over there maybe a couple of days a week to document it.

Now, for sure I am no landscape kind of guy, I really have no real clue when it comes to that sort of photography, but it will force me to learn a bit and think outside the box.

I’m going to shoot it all in black and white which should be interesting, but as I see better in black and white it makes sense. I’m going to stick primarily to a prime lens and I’m goi g to try and shoot it all at different times of the day.

So let’s see how we go with this little challenge

Stay safe out there people and be nice to each other, I’m sure we’ll get through this – we just need to have some patience and compassion with each other.