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Trumpet Imitation

The other day I told you that it would be my birthday today, and it still is, so I decided that todays post might be a bit different.  I had planned on starting with the tutorials today, but I couldn’t think of what to do.  I don’t really know what people want to see.  Then I decided to do a post on what photography is to me.  I hope you can handle it.

Trumpet ImitationSome time ago I did a post asking what type of photographer are you, and I decided that I wasn’t a technical photographer.  I have thought about that question many times since then.  Recently I was asked what does it mean to be a photographer.  I also said in a post a couple of days ago that I see images everywhere.  I really do, I dream them, I see them walking around, when I am watching TV I see photos on the TV and in my head.  I never stop seeing them.  My head is full of things I want to photograph and what I want to do to them.

So being a photographer, what is it?

To everyone it is going to be different.  As I said, the image is everything.  What the final photograph will be.  It used to be about the moment the shutter release button was pressed and the image was taken, but now there are so many more options.

An image starts as an idea.  I have an idea that I think could make a good image.  Then comes the planning.  How am I going to take the image, can I get access, when is the best time to take it.  I have a notebook that I have with me always so I can write down my plans.  Then comes the planning of the actual trip.  When will I go, will I go by myself or take a friend.  It is good when I have company, but sometimes it is way better to go by myself.

The images are taken and then put on the computer.  More planning starts, what can I do to them?  Have I got what I hoped for?  Did I get something better?  Will I need to go out and do them again?

It never stops.  My brain is full of photography.  So much thought goes into my work.

Etched GlassNot everything works, and today on my birthday I have to wonder if I have given it all too much, but I won’t wallow.  It has been an interesting few years.

So what type of photographer are you?  How do you plan what you do?

Again, it is my birthday and I wanted to thank everyone for the birthday wishes.  It has been a nice day and not as hot as we thought it would be.

If you wanted to give me a present, haha, well I am looking for donations so I can get the software to let me do the video tutorials for you.  It isn’t compulsory and you really don’t have to, but if you want to help, the software is going to cost me $300, so if would like to contribute, then please just click on the donate button on the side.

The first image today is another Lily, I hope that is okay.  I really love them, and I quite liked the composition on this one.  It has been processed the same as yesterdays.  The second image, I think may have gone out too dark, but I wanted to show the etched glass.  I hope you like it.

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  1. Happy birthday (one day later), Leanne — I love your description of being a photographer and seeing photos all the time and your brain being full of photography — I believe you described passion as well! Cheers and I hope you enjoyed your day. Steph

    January 8, 2013
  2. excellent as always

    January 8, 2013
  3. Hope you had a lovely birthday! Like Stephglaser said, you describe your passion well. I am many things and one of those is a (amateur) photographer. I’ll see something beautiful or interesting and want to capture it as best I can.

    January 8, 2013
  4. Happy Birthday Leanne :) I love how you see photos! That’s so amazing, but you are a creative person so when you were explaining that it really didn’t surprise me, I already knew you were unique and different and I love that :)

    January 9, 2013
  5. Happy belated Birthday!

    January 9, 2013
  6. Happy birthday…a couple of days late. Nice thoughts on how photography is different to individuals. :)

    January 9, 2013
  7. Happiest birthday (belated!!!)

    January 9, 2013
  8. Happy belated birthday, hope it was a good one. Your photos are excellent, very imaginative. I only class myself as a real beginner, so am happy to learn whatever I can. Thanks for sharing your photos with me.

    January 11, 2013
    • That is how we all start, as a beginner. I can still remember the first roll of film and the images I took when I got my first SLR, the images were crap, but I had a lot of fun, still am.

      January 11, 2013
  9. Maryann Barnes #

    Happy belated birthday Leanne! Thank you very much for sharing your magical photos! Your creativity shines like a beacon.

    January 11, 2013
  10. Lou #

    Hey thanks for visiting my blog! Loving your pictures, they are great! Happy (belated) Birthday!! Hope you had a great day xoxox

    January 13, 2013

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