For Dear Life

I have decided to have a go at photographing a tree for round one of a photographic magazine’s contest. Truthfully I have always commented on how hard I think trees are to photograph. Getting good contrast between green and brown trees and green and brown backgrounds can be challenging. I have had a few successes, but the fact that I can pretty much remember them all tells its own story!

I took a walk today to the West Highland Way around Carbeth with a view of Dumgoyne and Dumfoyne on the end of the Campsies. I was reminded of my friend Martin’s comments that “using your feet” is a critical part of photography. I strolled around for about an hour trying different angles to try to fit the tree and Dumgoyne peak and get a leading line from the crag edge to the tree. (Actually, I wanted to be 1 metre to the right, with the lens a little wider, but found I couldn’t float mid-air). Anyway, I had my tripod, but couldn’t erect it here, as I was balancing on a precarious edge.

That makes two postings in a row with my Sigma 10-20 lens; anyone would think I liked landscapes.

If anyone out there would like a portrait done, please contact me. My Sigma 28 and I need to get back to doing our thing. Seriously, I need to do some portraits!


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  • How much do you charge for portraits? I’m American, and I probably won’t get over your way for another two years or so, but my best friend is English and ever since I discovered your art I’ve had in my head that next time I visit her I’m gonna to drag her to Scotland so you can photograph us together. I’d like to calculate the cost of the portrait into my savings, so please do let me know.

    Thanks! Love your work.

  • L

    the Bears are still eager :0)

  • If you make all the effort to get to Scotland, the least I can do is a free portrait Rachel Ann