I spent the weekend over on the east coast of Yorkshire with a whole bunch of photographers in places like Whitby, Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay. My friend Ade got to know them from a photography site and they periodically meet up to take photos, talk about photography and kit and drink alcohol! It’s the first time I’ve done something like that and it was a bit strange being in a group of 13 people standing on a beach with tripods, expensive cameras and all the paraphernalia.
It was really good fun though. As well as meeting some real characters it’s interesting to see what shots other people take, how they look at things, what they do with a camera, what’s going through their minds and so on. There were some very talented photographers there and it’s not often you get to pick the brains of that many of them at once!
I took this picture in Staithes and it’s the first one where my girlfriend actually said “wow” when I showed it to her! (Her exact words were: “that’s as close to a wow photo as I’ve seen from you” – these Yorkshire folk don’t give out compliments easily you know). I think I’m going to get it blown up to a decent size and hang it on one of my walls at home.
Anyway, I took more than 300 shots over the weekend which is a lot to go through! It’s going to take me a while to sort through them, decide which ones I like enough to work on and upload them. You can see the set here. Enjoy!
Oh, and note to self: I really need to stop buying more camera kit from ebay and other people – this is going to be an expensive month!
Your photos are getting seriously good, John. It’s obvious that you’ve been putting the effort in to make the leap from interested amateur to someone who is a lot more passionate and dedicated about their photography. Got any simple tips ‘n’ tricks that you could blog about for us hopeless snappers?
Thanks John! That’s a great idea – I’ll try and write about what goes through my head when I’m composing a shot and the sort of things I’m looking for that I point my camera at.
Whos the long haired hippie posing with his back to the camera on your new page header 🙂
Ha ha, that would be me Mr Seagal! 🙂