about the photographs

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. 

Identification images

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.

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “about the photographs”

  1. Where is the Ginkgo Leaf Sculpture? I would love to have that for our garden. Thank you for sharing the picture and I look forward to your reply

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  2. I’d like to use some of your excellent photographs on my blog Science on the Land. Would that be all right? As you know, I use photographs with permission from our fellow blogger Finn Holding at the Naturephile, and also from individual scientists I’ve contacted after reading their papers. And I use the not-for-profit Centre for Bioscience Imagebank which I’m sure would love to receive pictures from you.

    Going now to look for your email address. Mine’s sammason6@hotmail.com

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  3. Graham jenner said:

    Hi Theresa, Just stumbled across your website, which I found very interesting. Is it possible to use a few of your images in a talk I’m putting together? The images are – Burnet Rose, Sea plantain, Old man’s beard. The talk is about plant names. I do a few talks for local groups [gardening clubs, WI etc], many of which are struggling to survive, with small memberships but speakers costing upwards of £80. So I do my talks for free, and I don’t charge for travel either [not that I go far – just locally]. I do sometimes get a donation for charity [in my case it is The Children’s Society] which is nice. Looking forward to hearing from you. Regards, Graham Jenner

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    • Hi Graham,
      Thank you for the interest in the blog. I hope I’m not too late to say go ahead and use the images for your talk, thanks for asking first. I find the naming of plants fascinating too, which you’ll probably notice if you read more of the blog! Good luck with the talks, best wishes, Theresa

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  4. Hi,

    I am working on The Seven O Clock Show on TV3 & we’ll be talking about three nature topics on tomorrow’s show with our expert Éanna Ní Lamhna.

    We would like to get permission to use some of your photographs for editorial use on the show if possible. We would use a courtesy strap to direct people to your site if you’d like.

    We will be covering:
    1) The cuckoo spit
    2) The swift
    3) The elder tree

    Let us know as soon as you can.

    Thank you,
    Helena Mullins

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    • I apologise for missing your email re. photographs, which I would have given permission to use. I hope the show went well and if I can help in the future please contact me- I may need a little more notice though! Best wishes

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