As January comes to and end, I have noticed how the evenings are slowly starting to draw out, taking us in the direction of spring, and the start of new life. As I progrees along my journey with photography, I have noticed vast improvements to my own images, over the last 12 months, moreso on how I use my settings, manual everything, rather than auto/semi-auto, in particular to how I use manual focus now, over autofocus. As a result of this the images have become clearer, and sharper. I am learning to use Lightroom over Photohop, as this seems to be the preferred program to many photogrphers and is one that I will be taught fully with by the OU later in March. I am also finding that I critique my own images even harder, looking for ways to perfect them.
I went to Swanage on the 25th January, to take some more photos, this time in calmer weather. Apart from a short sharp hailstorm, that lasted around 20 mins or so, the weather was lovely. I walked along the beach, gatthering my thoughts and generally loking around at how I could take photos. There were a few people walking their dogs, and generally chilling out nicely. The picture below I caught and particulary like as it is a reflection of my own journey at the moment, one of looking to the horizon, and walking towards what I want to achieve this year.
As February arrives, and the days get longer, I'm looking forward to more photography days out, visiting different places to get my take on the area, and then on to the course at the beginning of March. Each day that I am taking photographs, gives me a renewd energy and focus for life, and moving forward.