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Bucket list? What’s one of those?

Well it’s the list of things to do before you kick the bucket, shuffle off this mortal coil, die. Hence Bucket List. And I completed something off this list of mine yesterday morning.

Very early yesterday morning!

As some of you may have seen on facebook, I decided that I would get up at 3:30am and go hunt the sunrise, with a camera of course!

And this is what I captured…

 

Haar incoming

This is what it looked like the night before with the haar just hanging on the fringes of the city.

 

I got up at 3:30am, and left the house to head to Broad Hill by the beach to see what I could get. Pretty much had the city to myself apart from the noisy seagulls and a couple of lads who were singing their way up King Street.

When I finally climbed the hill, this was the view I got (complete with rubbish left strewn across the top of the hill, grrr)

Here comes the sun

 

Before Sunrise

 

The mist was sitting low on the Links and the haar was as usual following the rivers of the Dee and the Don, hiding the city centre and the harbour.

Didn’t have to wait long for what I had come to see.

Sunrise

 

Once the sun had come up a bit, I headed to the beach where I got the following shots before heading home back to bed by 6am!

 

At the Beach1

 

At the Beach2

 

At the Beach3

 

It’s been a busy weekend with photos (taking them and still editing the ones from the wedding last week. If you are waiting to see them, I’m almost there!) Back to the day job tomorrow.

 

 

 

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When you see people with cameras, do you make the assumption that the quality of their photos aren’t great because they don’t have the “correct gear”?

I read the following article this morning and felt that I had to share it.

http://oopoomoo.com/2012/08/on-camera-gear-assumptions-can-get-you-in-trouble/

Yes, I have a DSLR but according to flickr, the most interesting photos on my stream were taken with my Canon Powershot Point & Shoot (though it does have a lot of manual options like a DSLR and to be fair I have been shooting with the Powershot longer than the DSLR too)

In fact, there’s a shot that I took on my phone that’s currently above the first DSLR shot that’s in that list.


Yes, I have a DSLR and I am still learning how to use it properly but I still get the odd moment of genius (even if I do say so myself) and come out with a stunner of a photo!

I don’t have proper editing software, just the Digital Photo Professional programme that came with the Canon 11ood (the Rebel T3 for those not in the UK) and just use http://www.ribbet.com for tweaking colours, adding text/watermark and effects.

One of the reasons I got the DSLR was that it can give you more gravitas, people are likely to believe that you are more professional, but I still can take decent, thought provoking, WOW photo’s with the P&S and the camera phone. It’s not all about professional equipment, it’s not all about the most up-to-date software and equipment. Yes, shoddy equipment doesn’t produce a good job but still the person wielding it has to have the eye, and the knowledge how to use it to it’s best potential!

I have seen people say “Oh, I can do that, I’ve got a good camera” when they’ve seen pictures in a gallery, but I have never seen their results. I have challenged them on it and still waiting on the results. I have seen some awful pictures in my time from people who have very good cameras but a) they don’t know how to use them outside of point and shoot on Auto, and b) they just don’t have the “eye” for the shot.

What do I mean by “eye”? Well, it’s seeing the shot before you shoot it. Landscape shots are easier as you don’t have to worry about immediate changes (unless someone walks into your shot) whereas sporty type shots are harder to anticipate as there is always something changing? Not sure what I mean? Well I like to take photos of landscapes and still life as they don’t move.

Whereas trying to take pictures of my Goddaughter and her sisters is so much trickier as they are always on the go, though to be fair, I have got some really great photos of them when they aren’t paying attention to me.

I don’t have the assertiveness (yet) to be a decent portrait photographer, though some people may disagree. I prefer reportage style photography where the subject isn’t aware of me actually taking the photo, so that they appear more relaxed and look natural and not in forced poses.

I do try to go out of my comfort zone and try new things (Part of rocking my frock in Edinburgh and Belfast was me pushing my boundaries) but I seem to come back to what I know and really love. Talking of which, it’s not raining at the moment, and I’d better go out and take more photos!

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