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2014 Highlights

2014 has been a busy year for me, I try to go out most weekends, usually to nature reserves around Norfolk. Simply because they are easy to travel to and there is plenty within a 30 minute drive. 

This year I have been using social media more and sharing my work in an attempt to promote my work. I'm currently still working on increasing my following on Twitter and Facebook not an easy task.

One way which is having an effect is sharing my work with the organisations that own and manage the places that I visit. In the case of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust (@SupportNWT) they used one of my images taken in Wayland Wood for their nature reserve handbook and more of my images have been printed in their "Tern" a newspaper sent out to the members a few time a year.

What I find interesting is how people see my images differently to how I see them. Some people say they have a mood, story to them or a feeling. I am not an emotional person and I don't connect on that level. Most of the time I just see the technical aspect to an image. I can easily dismiss an image because of a flaw that no one else would even think to look for. Maybe I am too critical of my images. 

The above gallery are images that I consider to be my best images taken during 2014, Tried to keep it to a few but I do like quite a few of them and could have easily included more.

2015 ... What do I want to achieve this year? I think building on 2014 would be a good start by exploring other nature reserves that I have yet to visit. The only downside is that it would require more travel which is why I have yet to visit these or only been to once such as Foxley Wood and Lower Wood Ashwellthorpe.  

Portraiture is an area that I would like to build on, what has been limiting me on this type of photography is not knowing enough people or more to the point, not having to confidence to ask for their time to build up my skill in taking portraits. Building up my social skills is the biggest challenge and character flaw to overcome.

Since joining the Facebook group Norfolk Countryside Photos a few locations in Norfolk are quite popular like Cromer Pier and Thurne where their is a windmill that I will visit this year along with exploring more of the Norfolk Broads.

With my acquisition of the Fuji X-E1 street photography and general urban exploring is more attractive with the smaller and lighter camera that makes it easier to be more mobile and less obvious. 

Currently my photography is just an activity that I enjoy doing that does not provide an income stream, This year I intend to put myself into a position where I can sell my work, not sure how I will achieve this goal.

Happy New Year !

Dersingham Bog Fungi

Dersingham bog, for me is one of the best places in Norfolk to visit. There is a vantage point that overlooks the nature reserve that is stunning, I took a sunrise a couple of months ago. The only downside is the lack of parking. I bumped into another local camera club on a workshop, with the amount of cars I had to park on the verge. 

Just before the sunrises from behind the hill, Using HDR to achieve a good exposure.

Fungi is still very much in mind with it still being autumn. When I first visited Dersingham Bog last year with the camera club there was a wide variety of fungi fruiting. This time I was unable to find as many specimens, can only presume that there has been less rain so far making the environment damp enough. 

Over the last few fungi forays I have been using focus stacking technique to get the fungi and foreground in focus which is impossible to achieve with a single image. Although this method requires heavily editing to fix the defects caused by the focus stacking, the results I have been achieving easily justifies the time and effort. A single image can take 30 minutes to find, prepare and photograph the "stack" and then up to a further two hours in post production. 

I shall return to Dersingham Bog before the autumn finishes to find more fungi to photograph. One image that I have in my head is a puffball fungi releasing its spores, black and white. I need to figure out how to release the spores and then photograph without getting a stick in the shot, a flash would most likely be required.