Another Tuesday, and again, not a lot to talk about. Well, not work wise. I have been doing some things, planning stuff, and working out things about my work.
I have started getting ready for Term 4, I think I said that last week. I have lots of great excursions planned, though I still suspect that people think they need to be really good or have a DSLR or something like that to be able to do the excursions. I don’t know how to stress to people that it doesn’t matter. I know I have told you how I went out with a friend the other day to take photos and she was using her phone. It didn’t diminish the experience for either of us.
The other thing I have done is start a new website for the Social Snappers, I got the domain socialsnappers.com and made a blog for it. Here is the link:
I also realise that there are many photography groups around, where you don’t have to pay to attend, but there are differences. I don’t want these to be about me teaching, but that doesn’t mean if you want to learn to do something that I won’t show you how. If you have trouble working out something on your camera then I will help you. I am there to assist.
The other aspect is that the numbers will be kept down, so there is no more than 10 in a group, with the idea being that everyone gets a chance to take photos. I also know that many of the free groups can have a lot of people attending, so it is a competition to try and get images at times. Small is good and isn’t overwhelming, especially for new people. I also know that I can get around 10 people and make sure they are fine.
I am still trying to work this one out. I love the idea of doing this, but when I look up what it is I keep getting definitions for nature photography or landscape photography. So now I am confused. I know that what I want to do is more than nature photography. I also don’t want to be limited with the amount of post processing I do.
I want my images to evoke emotions, to make people want to care about the environment and what we have left. I want to help people build a connection with it. I know photos can do that. We have seen it happen before, we are visual beings, and it is a good way to do it. So, I think I am slowly starting to understand the direction I want to go.
It should be an interesting journey. No idea where it will take me, or what I will end up doing, but if I can help people make that connection and make them want to save our environment, especially from unnecessary development, then it is a direction I definitely want to go in.
I have another trip planned for the Mallee and will be going up next week. I will be staying for almost a week this time. I have some trips planned and hopefully will be going back to some places and seeing some new ones. I am going up on my own this time, and so my mum is going to get annoyed with me having to come out with me a lot. I am hoping to do some star trails this time. I have a place worked out, I just hope it works okay.
I am also going to be teaching a Landscape and Photography Workshop in Swan Hill, well, out at Nyah West, which should be great. We will be going to some salt lakes or pans, not sure what they are called. I am so excited about going there. Should be great. Hopefully we won’t get the bad weather that spoiled the trip last time.
I think that is about it for this week. The photos in this post were taken on a Social Snappers outing when we went to the zoo. The butterfly house is a great place to get photos, well if you can put up with the kids trying to catch them, and their stupid parents for not stopping them. It amazed me how no one thought it was a bad idea to catch the butterflies.