I take a lot of photographs, although I don’t think of myself as a ‘proper’ photographer as I could never be disciplined enough to make outings specifically to take technically perfect pictures. I’m far too ‘grasshopper-minded’ to stick to a specific task and rarely make plans, especially if I’m visiting a place that is new to me. I want to learn as much about a place, its make-up, the habitat it provides, its inhabitants and anything else that glitters, moves, grows, has colour, texture or makes a noise as I can. Anything and often everything can attract my attention and I don’t have the patience, or often the time to adjust camera settings. I love to meander, wander and follow butterflies ready to grab a photo opportunity if and when I am offered one. My friends may warn you never to agree to go out with me if all you want is a good long walk, unless you don’t mind meeting me on your way back!
The blog images
My aim for the blogs is to present a general impression of a place at the particular time I visit it so others may see it as it was; then I add in any details within it that space that catch my eye, which may otherwise be overlooked. No matter how many times I visit a place it rarely looks exactly the same as the last time I was there, something will have changed if only the time of day or the weather. I use the photographs I take as a visual notebook and memory aid, adding words later on. I usually take far too many, but looking through them when I get home, even the not-so good images that I wouldn’t necessarily publish (unless it’s to provide a record of a sighting or I was desperate to illustrate something) add data to my memory bank and provide me with a photographic journal of my outings or hours spent in an interesting place.
For myself, I keep an edited, uncompressed copy of the photographs taken on particular outings, in the sequence I took them in. I find that looking back through them, even ones from a good few years ago, need no words to bring back such clear memories that I’m immediately transported back there.
When it comes to taking images of something I want to identify myself or to present in the blog, I always make every effort to obtain a well-focussed and angled shot, preferably more than one if it’s a moving subject such as an insect. In my experience there is nothing more frustrating than being unable to see detail and not quite able make something out; I’m sure I’m not on my own there. I also date sightings and their locations so anyone else visiting there around the same time has some idea of what they may see.
The copyright for all of my work and photographs is legally mine by default, as is everyone else’s. I am happy to share images and allow re-publishing of work, but would ask that it is attributed to me at http//theresagreen.wordpress.com and is not used commercially or for financial profit in any way without my permission.