Episode 1 – Where it all began

In December of 2017, I had an overwhelming urge to buy myself a digital camera. I’ve bought them over the years, starting from the 90s when I wasn’t even getting 1 Megapixel. Over the years, I’d get a new one but seldom use it to its potential; I’d usually shoot in auto or have the dial on one of the scene settings.

One Christmas, maybe 9 or 10 years ago, my brother lent me his Nikon D5000 and Tamron 55-300 lens. It felt such an adventure to go out in the snow to see what I could capture. Even though I only captured a robin and a squirrel, the sense of adventure and discovery was immense.

Fast forward to 2017 and the camera arrived just before the snow vanished, so I visited Growing People, where I volunteer and started snapping – in auto!

There were quite a lot of footprints in the snow already, even though I was the first person to arrive quite early. Some weeks later I’d discover that a fox did prowl the site and also a male pheasant.

F9 – ISO 100 – 1/200

Some of the robins weren’t so easily spooked and during this wintry phrase seemed quite happy to pose for the camera. Fortunately I’d bought myself a cheap 55-300 lens since the only other one I had was the stock 18-55mm lens.

F11 – ISO 100 – 1/200
f5.6 – ISO 250 – 1/500
F13 – ISO 100 – 1/200
F11 – ISO 100 – 1/200

It was quite a joy to return home and fire up Lightroom to see how my photographs had come out. The next day, the snow had melted and my short but sweet snowy delve into photography had set the wheels in motion.

To learn more about Growing People charity, visit Growing People website.



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