Photography

My philosophy is to spend money on adventures which present amazing photographic opportunities rather than spend time and money indoors playing with a flashy Digital SLR. Besides, I am not going to carry a couple of kilos of expensive equipment around that can easily be damaged by the elements.

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Nexus 4 – Y-Golfa, Glyndwr’s Way, Panoramic

The SWCP was my first step into Digital Photography using a Sony Ericsson K750i phone and Flickr.  Each photo was uploaded daily as an email, whose subject line became the title of the photo and the email message became the description.  I was very pleased with the results www.flickr.com/photos/swcp630.  That phone only had a 2MP camera and weighed 99g.

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K750i – Gannon Head, SWCP

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K750i – Beer, SWCP

I now use a Google Nexus 5 Phone, which has a 8MP camera, which can take panoramas, spherical compositions and very acceptable landscape and people photographs.  In particular, I have found the HDR mode produces great results as it balances the exposure between the bright sky and landscape. It takes great close ups too.  Quite a few shots on this website have been taken with a Nexus S, Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 phone.  Only a few have been post processed or subjected to Google’s Auto Awesomeness.

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Nexus 5 – North Downs Way

Steel Rigg, Hadrian's Wall, 2014

Nexus 5 – Steel Rigg, Hadrian’s Wall, 2014

Nexus 5, and two clicks of post processing

Nexus 5, and two clicks of post processing

More importantly, I am begin to understand that photography is not about technology, post processing or equipment, but about the message you want to convey to the audience.  I am just at the begining of this artistic journey and a book that has helped me a great deal is The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnham and also an excellent article by Ken Rockwell at http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/not-about-your-camera.htm.

I’m no Ansel Adams, but I try my best.

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