My Vocation….Photography vs The Great British Summer

It might be time to head indoors and try the studio for some photography. I am a wee bit miffed at the number of opportunities that havent presented themselves of recent days. But then again, why would they, it hasn’t stopped raining for days. Having said that, as I sit here typing this blog the sun is out, just not in a way that would justify a camera-road-trip. No way Jose.

After getting bored I dreamed up a WordPress site called Streetographies which in all fairness has kept me busy for the last week or so. I’ve been trawling through images on my hard drives that may of otherwise being confined to the archives. Images that one decade earlier would have hit the cutting room floor. I even lowered myself by resurrecting flatbed scans of prints, monochrome ones at that.

Streetographies has done quite well; with only a dozen or so posts so far the new “column” approach looks quite appealing and the words that follow the pictures appear to be readable. Yes, I can quite categorically say that I am happy with whats going on over there. Like I just said, I have been trawling the old hard drives for applicable images and I found some too, seventy-nine of them so far which is a great start. I currently have sixteen of my favourite street portraits up there and the comments and viewing statistics have proved worthwhile. On the back of that I scanned my Flickr photo stream and my Lightroom catalogues and discovered another eighty candidates.

As for the paragraphs that accompany the images, well…. writing is another way of expressing my ideas just not with an image. I still have no idea whether it works or not and I am waiting for a few more comments with feedback to decide whether I should carry on. I already did a little research with regard to buying the domain name for the site and hosting it with 123-reg. That was a mistake, I don’t think I can really justify £120.00 to do this just yet. Afterall, its in its infancy and very fresh and wet behind the ears.

I think I maybe sitting back when it comes to grabbing more images. The knowledge that I have eighty to do kind of puts the idea of getting more a little less tempting. Maybe I should, that would keep a constant supply going. It definitely has had an impact on the number of posts here at “no more dead pixels” as I have spent more time thinking about images than I have writing.

I understand the weather forecast for the weekend is quite good. I will believe it when I see it.

Thanks for reading my moaning…..


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

Posted on July 1, 2013, in Blogging & Wordpress and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Novicephot.

    Keep it up mate you’re doing well.

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