Why do I enjoy photography so much?
Since childhood I have always lost myself in something creative, whether art or music based or experimenting with some pretty shocking hair colours
My journey into outdoor photography satisfies my creative itch alongside my love for animals, birds and pretty flying things (including my annual dragonfly obsession). It combines creativity with fieldcraft, discipline, learning, some techy know-how and appreciation of the subjects - and gets me outdoors.
It is a complete experience - even when the shutter finger is not used (I have learned to concquer my disappointment
!). There are times when an image cannot be caught, so I have learned when to look up from the viewfinder and just enjoy the moment - maybe an exchange of glances with a wild creature. I have also become quite attached to certain favourite locations. Being outdoors with my kit makes me listen and see much more and become more aware of my environment.
I read a book by Niall Benvie, in which he discussed that what is perceived as the patience involved in nature photography, could actually be better attributed to stubbornness and, when an image is captured, produce an adrenaline rush. I have to agree. The final rush when you get the shot after sitting about for 6 hours in a bag hide or in -4 degrees drinking dodgy luke warm flask tea is worth it
. Of course, there are times when after 3 hours of nothing, the temptation to read that niggling text message takes over and my subject appears as if by magic, dances a can-can and and all I get to see are tail feathers disappearing out of the frame. I can only laugh at myself
I just find it an all encompassing experience from doing the research, preparing the kit, getting out, seeing my subject and seeing the final image. Of course, somewhere in all of this I hope I apply something artistic.
We never finish learning and sharing knowledge. The eclectic mix of styles and subjects within the club keeps it fresh and interesting and chatting with fellow photographers is always enjoyable.