Monday, 5 May 2014

First Post

This blog is about my journey through photography. I am not a professional photographer nor am I ever likely to be one. My only hope is that one day I can be considered a competent one.

This blog is a recording of my journey along that road, so that others can trace my path.

I have a couple of rules/restrictions however which makes my journey more challenging than some.

Rule 1

The money I earn in my day to day job is there to keep a house over my family's head and food in their stomachs(I have a teenage daughter so this is considerable). Even once all the bills have been paid, only a small proportion can be allocated to what after all is only a hobby. So no £5000 lenses or multiple camera bodies. Even £100 for a big stopper filter seems extravagant when there are so many other demands on my cash. So this is photography on a budget. It is finding out how to do the best within limited means. And while I would love to have the cash to buy whatever I want, in some ways I like the restriction because it forces me to be more imaginative with what I have.

Rule 2 

I have a growing family. One day they will flee the nest, but up to that point I want to spend as much time  as I can with them. So no exotic trips to the most photogenic locations in the world or safari's to the worlds best wildlife haunts. Most of my photography will need to be restrained to where I live and the surrounding areas. Not only that, but the time I can spend on my hobby is also limited by the demands of the very same family. While some can spend hours waiting for that shot or setting up there kit, my time available is measured in minutes(if I'm lucky). The fact I have a day job limits me more. But again like money, I don't see this as a restriction, but a challenge that will make me a better photographer.

The truth is my challenges is not so very different to many others out there. This blog is a salute to others like me who strive to get the best despite the challenges heaped upon them.

It will also once in a while allow me to rant a bit. Let me apologize in advance for that.

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