I shot RAW….then stalled

i_shoot_raw-290x160 That seems a very unusual title for a blog post doesn’t it. As the author of the said title I have to admit that I am not quite sure of the full meaning behind it. As a whole statement it is not true. I didn’t stall because I shoot RAW.  I do however shoot in RAW format and yes I firmly believe that the relationship between my photography and I have stalled. The last couple of weeks have been very dry when it comes to taking images which in turn has allowed the queue in the editing department to dry up too. I will end this paragraph with a one word statement, a statement that includes those responsible for the lack of shutter action…. WEATHER

Now, I know I shouldnt moan about this as Britain in Winter is often wet, windy and cold and opportunities are few and far between. There have been opportunities this year….just not as many that happen to fall in line with my ability to get out and seize the moment. I have managed it, about twenty times in one hundred days. That’s a 1:5 ratio……and that compared to last year’s effort..are you ready 1:4. Now it just took me all of 6 minutes to work out those statistics, quiet pointless really.

So, Tuesday was sunny, windy, sunny and still very windy. Another day in which photography was to take a back seat and a wander around the dam ensued. The wander was great, breathtaking in a different way.. the wind was gusting and aircraft were making dynamic approaches to the airport. Wandering along and a flying can of ex-pop came careering towards Elaine and in a whoosh that would have done the blockbuster movie Twister credit it divided us in the street. The words “Did you see that” in unison echoed out…..had it hit one of us on the bonce this would have been a different story.

Back to the photography and I have now realised that I took more images for the January Instagram challenge than at any other time this year. Maybe I should set myself another monthly challenge…Am I lacking inspiration? ..Yes I am. This is not like me, It is also not like me to admit it too…I have taught students not to do this, I have told members of camera clubs not to do this and here I am doing it myself. The most I have done with my camera in the last week is place a sticker on the lens hood that states in large white letters I SHOOT RAW! Yes I do, I know I do, and now everyone who sees me will know too….that I shoot RAW and not JPEG. So bloody what……

I have to thank my great friend Colin Pitt and his wife Gaynor for their time and patience, there isn’t a day goes by that I don’t have either a Skype conversation or a message from my good friends. Colin very kindly cut me some stickers with the logo for “I shoot RAW” and I called him just now to confirm the actually fit the lens hood for the Canon 100-400. Yes they do Colin, thank you so much. Postage costs will be refunded one day, and I know they are accumulating. Colin’s website can be viewed here http://www.cppimagery.co.uk/ … a great pal, photographer and flight simmer.

Going back to the inspiration….or lack of it in this case; another good mate Dan McIntyre  posted this on his Facebook page this afternoon, and its a point worth noting in my plight to take more photos.


He does have a point doesn’t he? So that’s my next step forward. Maybe I just need to get out more, maybe I need to stop thinking of things to take and just go back to what I used to do. Put the camera in the car and shoot from the mind! Do what comes naturally. So that’s my next goal.

On a day that has shaken the world with the events in the United States of America, our thoughts are with those affected and their families. You have my heartfelt prayers and thoughts.


About Mark Winterbourne

A little about me … well, what can I say. I started photography back in 1979 when I was just 11 years old. I was given a 35mm SLR Camera by my late Grandfather as a birthday present. The camera was a Russian built Zenit EM and built like a house brick. Many of my slides on here are taken with the very same camera. My passion stemmed from my Grandfathers love of photography and in particular his fondness of the English Lake District. I will showcase his work on here in the coming months, but there are over 10,000 slides and I have quite a task ahead of me scanning them in. In the late eighties and early nineties I moved on to autofocus SLR’s and began to accumulate quite a stash of equipment. In between my full time employment and sleeping I started doing small photographic assignments for freinds, family and small businesses. In the early 2000′s I started using a digital camera and traed all my traditional film cameras in for more equipment. My Camera Equipment Canon EOS 20D Body BGE2N Battery Grip Canon EOS 50D Body BGE2N Battery Grip Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 EF-S Lens Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Sigma 28-105 F2.8-4 DG Lens Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Canon 580EX Speedlite Flashgun Canon CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack for 580EX I took an avid interest in aviation photography at the start of the 2000′s when digital cameras became more accessible. My enjoyment was taken up a level when I discovered I could mix my love of light & colour with aviation photography by taking photographs. In 1983 I suffered a head injury which was diagnosed as a brain tumour. LIfe soon returned to normal in 1984 but in the early part of 2002 things turned nasty and headaches and sickness returned. To date I dont have a surgeon willing to operate on me and struggle by day to day. You will find more about this in my blogs……. Nothing will stop my photography, not even this head injury….this blog reflects my day to day life as a person with an interest in photography….with a headache to match Hope you enjoy….please feel free to contact me, anytime

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