Well that’s it done. No going back. Ok granted, I left it until the last minute before actually narrowing my selection down to my 15 entries, but nothing focusses the mind more than a deadline! What are you talking about you ask? Ok, on Sunday night at around 10.30pm I completed met entry to the www.take-a-view.co.uk Landscape Photographer of the year 2016 competition. The deadline was midnight. It was almost like transfer deadline day!
I suppose the reason I’m writing this blog isn't to say I’m a rubbish time manager - far from it. It’s more a looking back over the last 12-24 months worth of landscape photography. Looking at what I’ve done, where I’ve been, how my photography has improved. I’m a great believer in all that you do, you must strive to improve and embrace change. This applies to my design work as well. Having to adapt to new technologies for the digital or website UX design graphic design work that I do. Or even how a photograph could be used in either print or in digital.
Adapting to differing light condition’s or even different landscapes if always a challenge. Something I love to tackle head on. From arriving at New Brighton in the Wirral to shoot a gorgeous sunset and be met with a freak storm has given me one of my favourite shots (shown above). Working between periods strong gusts of wind and torrential rain made it one of the more unpredictable of trips out. But experiences like this really help all aspects of my creativity.
For example, I recently did the weddingphotography for a lovely your couple in Manchester, and the forecast was sunshine and heavy showers. Being able to think of your feet and still get great photographs is only possible the more and varied the work and challenges you face.
Canon 5DmkII / Canon 17-40mm lens
Cokin XPro ND Medium Grad Filter
Focal length: 17mm