Snap Happy

I have a new passion in my life. It’s not a new man – gawd knows one is more than enough; I have three dogs so I can assure you that I have no desire for more of those.
No, my new passion is photography. Since my darling husband treated me to a new camera (a Nikon D5000) I have discovered a new form of creativity that is satisfying a need I previously never knew existed.
I have been a ‘snapper’ for as long as I can remember. I would return from foreign trips with roll upon roll of film, desperate to have them developed so I could relive my happy holiday memories. I was, invariably, disappointed with the results: the composition was off, the lighting either too harsh or insufficient, the people too posed or with their eyes half closed. And with the cost of the film stock AND developing, these were expensive mistakes to make.
So, I plodded on, taking photos at every occasion I could, trying not to replicate the mistakes and being frustrated by the low level of equipment I used.
Then came the digital revolution.
My first digital camera had a resolution of less than 1 meg and, unsurprisingly, the results were, if anything, worse than my film cameras. But because I didn’t have to have each and every photo developed and printed, I could snap more, try out different angles and play around with the compostion.
At this stage I didn’t use any software to manipulate the images so the pictures were still no better than the duff lens and poor resolution of the camera.
Over time technology improved the ‘bang for your buck’ and I was able to buy cameras with higher resolutions and slightly better lenses. My new camera is an entry level Digital SLR, but I couldn’t be happier with it and the lenses I have. I am also getting to grips with Photoshop and am now producing the kind of photographs I always dreamed of.
I have loads to learn. I am still at the beginning of my journey, but I will get better. Right now, I am happy photographing the world around me and I hope you don’t mind me sharing them with you now and then.

My photographs can be viewed on my facebook page and at my Redbubble site.

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  1. Jo
    Aug 22, 2010

    Your photos are stunning Nettie….. You could do a whole series for sale! They’d look great blown up on canvass. x

  2. Kath
    Aug 22, 2010

    Beautiful pics, Nettie. These are stunning. I definitely think you’ve graduated from the humble ranks of ‘snapper’.

  3. Rachel
    Aug 22, 2010

    Really lovely!
    Agree would look fab blown up on canvas.
    I particularly like butterfly pic and would happily hang it at home.


  4. Karen Sanders
    Aug 23, 2010

    Beautiful photos!

  5. Rebecca Brown
    Aug 23, 2010

    You are so talented. Though I’m sure having decent equipment is a massive help, it’s also having the eye for the photo opportunity in the first place.

    Really well done x

  6. Bangalow Accommodation
    Aug 23, 2010

    gorgeous photography nettie – especially love the blue shale underneath the balls …

  7. cathbore
    Aug 23, 2010

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful, it’s obvious you have an eye! I haven’t had a hobby for yonks – probably because me being me I’d use it as an excuse to procrastinate. I’m not strong willed enough!!!

  8. Debs Carr
    Aug 23, 2010

    Beautiful photos. I really need to splash out and buy a decent camera, mine is like carting around a brick.

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