I come from a family that loves to travel. When I was a child we went on the most wonderful holidays – some to familiar British summer holiday favourites in Cornwall, Devon and Norfolk and others exploring the great cities of Europe, visiting relatives in India and the USA, going on safaris in Africa, touring great swathes of North and South America…
It wasn’t until I was about 10 or 11 that I became interested in photography but I really got into it in a big way. I asked for a proper SLR camera for a birthday and taught myself by reading books and practising everything from the effects of aperture and depth of field on the plane of focus to shutter speed and its ability to freeze motion or blur it in a longer exposure. I learned about composition, colour balance and different photographic styles. The costs of buying film and having it processed and printed taught me to consider first, shoot second. I developed my own black and white films and printed images in an old-fashioned dark room. It was an endlessly versatile hobby and of course, travel photography was a big part of that.
These days, it’s so much easier – digital cameras allow me to capture as many images as I feel like without worries about running out of film or the expense of developing and printing it. It gives me greater freedom to experiment and try multiple variations on an image in terms of composition, zoom, depth of field and other settings. And the quality of mobile phone cameras in recent years means I can take photographs even when it’s not convenient to have my full size camera with me, opening up the world of opportunistic captures.
Having a blog gives me more opportunity to share some of my favourites, but I plan to have a few enlargements printed and framed, and maybe to self-publish some memory books to allow me to enjoy some of my photographs in physical format too.
How do you share and enjoy your travel photos?
Iceland has so many incredible landscapes, you could easily take a thousand images in a day and not have any that are too similar. I didn’t take quite so many but I did find the landscapes of Iceland visually inspiring!
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