Snap Happy

With all the bad weather we have been having lately, it would have been quite easy for me to want to hibernate and not venture out to shoot. In truth; the reality has been the complete opposite. The photography muses must have been with me this week.

In between the downpours and the worst of the blustery winds, I have been out in the garden with the camera. Displays of vivid greens and resilient blooms have inspired the majority of my pictures.

Around the feeders, the hedgerow has been a hive of activity. Like myself, the birds have been making the most of the breaks in the weather. Fights over territory and food have been commonplace. I have been quite surprised to see how bolshy Blue Tits can be, they are not phased in taking on the bigger birds.

Moving away from the garden, I took a trip to Kinver Edge and Rock houses at the weekend. I must admit I was completely unaware of this location beforehand, it’s an absolute gem.

Scrolling through the National Trust site I knew I wanted to stay local. Stumbling upon this location it looked very intriguing and offered something different to the standard stately homes or parks.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kinver-edge-and-the-rock-houses

There is plenty of interest as you walk around, from the striking red sandstone to the views from the Edge, the pretty gorse flowering on the hillside and of course the Rock houses themselves.

I feel bad for not knowing about this site sooner, it is a definite recommendation from me; not only for photography opportunities. The surrounding area offers lots of different walks and I look forward to returning and taking different routes.

As I write this post the bad weather, for the time being, has subsided and there are even sunny spells. I’m feeling positive moving into the new week and hopeful my photography motivation holds fast.

Happy New Year!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

Looking ahead, a few goals for my 2020 are; to hopefully to travel to new locations, to try new photography genres and to blog regularly. I am very excited to see where this year takes me. Has anyone else made any resolutions or goals?

Below are my first photos of the year, going back to where the blog began; nature photography, a fitting start for 2020.

The Weekly

Another week and again there has been a lack of photography, for which I can only apologise for.

I don’t want to label it as a slump but with time restraints and responsibilities, I just haven’t been able to give photography the time it deserves, which is absolutely devastating to me. It is definitely something I need to remedy immediately.

Looking to the future for positives, regarding my photography; I am now able to continue with camera club, which I had to take a break from due to work training. I am looking forward to being inspired by other like minded people and it hopefully is going to light a fire under my bum to get me out more to shoot!!

Nature shots are definitely my comfort zone, I feel confident in what I want to shoot and how best to achieve my vision (depending on what is available to shoot, that is). I am hoping that with the camera club and with more time available I am going to push my comfort zone out, little by little.

I know that not every photography genre is going to suit me but the very least I can do is give it a good go and have a new found appreciation for those that do shoot those genres.

The two shots I did manage to achieve this week, I am very proud of. It was nice to get back to shooting nature after Bath. An observation regarding Blue Tits, does anyone else think they look slightly punky? Is that just me?

I hope you like what I have to offer this week.