Four years ago I bought my wife an entry level DSLR camera. She wanted to use it to take photos of our kids, events, holidays and the like. After a year or so of using the automatic settings she decided she wanted to know more about photography and how to use the camera. So for he birthday I bought her a voucher for a one on one lesson with a renown landscape photographer. As it so happened he was also happy for me to tag along for the session and learn what I could.
I have always liked being in nature and enjoy its beauty and grace. I particularly enjoy the natural contrasts between colours, shapes and shades that different landscapes exhibit. Learning how to emphasize these in photographs during our three hour session really stimulated my creativity side……….well the little that I have anyway…….and I wanted to explore this world a little bit more.
For a week or so after the lesson I did go out of my way to keep up with the landscape photography, but after a while my motivation slowly dissolved. While I did stop activity going out of my way to take photos with my wife’s nice DSLR, I did keep on taking photos when moments presented themselves using my phone. Obviously this was a function of convenience (insert laziness) more than anything else.
I found that most of the moments I really wanted to capture were in the middle of a bike ride or just before going for an early morning dive. Who wants to lug a big DSLR around on a bike or with their dive kit just on the off chance you find an amazing moment that you want to capture in a photo. Your phone however, you always have with you.
Some of the shots come up really well (such as the one below I took just before a morning dive)