Monday morning and I am preparing my post for you today, and for today’s introduction we are going to look at the work of Noeline Smith. I have been following Noeline for a long time as well. I follow a lot of people and try to look at as many blogs as I can. Unfortunately that number has risen and I must apologise to many of you for only being able to look, sometimes like and rarely comment. I will explain later in the week, but suddenly life has got very, very hectic, in a very good way, but there just aren’t enough hours anymore, so I hope you will forgive me. As I said, I am looking, but commenting is not happening so much anymore.
Anyway, back to Noeline, this post is about her work. One of the things I have always enjoyed about her work is the variety, and you never quite know what to expect when she does a post. When you look through her blog you find an assortment of landscapes, travel images, close ups, sports, architecture, so many and all done well.
I cannot lie, I find the English countryside, or any side that is in the UK so beautiful. There is a lusciousness about it that is so appealing, well it is to me. Perhaps also because it isn’t something we really see a lot of here in Australia. I am in the right state for it, but it really only happens after a lot of rain.
I also sent my questions to Noeline who admitted to me that they were harder to answer than I thought they would be. I have to admit when I actually thought about them, I am not sure how I would go at answering them either. So here is what she had to say about why she takes photos.
I spent some time thinking about this. I thought the answer was obvious but the more I thought about it the less obvious it became! My photographic subjects are wide and varied as are the motives behind them. In the end, when all the reasons are distilled, the answer has to be that I simply want to preserve moments in time and I enjoy the process of doing so. I get enormous pleasure in ‘making’ the photograph; visualizing how I want to portray something and seeing that through to fruition. I find myself totally immersed in the moment, in what I’m doing, something akin to a form of meditation perhaps (?!) that is both incredibly relaxing and rewarding. In short, photography soothes my soul.
The next question was about inspiration.
It sounds glib, but the world is such a fascinating place that I find inspiration in pretty much everything. I like to challenge myself and will photograph anything given the opportunity to do so. I guess you could say ‘variety’ is my inspiration!
I am not at all surprised to see Motorbike racing on Noeline’s blog. She does a fair bit of travelling that involves motorbike riding, and I can understand the passion here. This is a great shot Noeline.
The next question was about how she works, and if there was anything special at it.
Nothing particularly. I work alone and, depending on what I’m photographing, I generally work slowly. I take time to study details, absorb my environment and try to understand how I feel about what I’m photographing, what caught my eye in the first place, before putting my eye to the viewfinder. When photographing outside I will wait for long periods of time for the moment to be ‘right’; at these times I love to watch the changing light, feel the closeness to nature and the encounters with wildlife. I always work in RAW and generally aim to get the image right in camera in order to minimise processing time.
The last question was about her gear, something all of us photographers want to know about.
I now have a Nikon D700 DSLR – a wonderful camera that feels as though it were made for me. I have worked my way up through a couple of other Nikons over the years and opted for this particular model as, at the time, it was pretty much pro spec workings in a smaller body size. The physical size is important to me as I take my camera on my travels into Europe and space is limited on a motorcycle!
So many wonderful images, and you can find many of them on her blog, but she also has a website and you can see that here Noeline Smith Photography. I do hope you will go and visit her pages, check out the About pages, she has lots of interesting things about herself there.
Now I am going to include the above images and a whole lot more in a gallery for you to enjoy.