For the last few weeks, I’ve been posting a daily dog walk photo to the stories section on Instagram. I cover around 26 miles a week with Luna and me traversing the many walking routes near my home. I’ve found it to be just as therapeutic for the head as it is for the body.
The three photos here come from a new route we’ve found down near the river Derwent last week. Out in the woods, the Coronavirus pandemic and restrictions seems so far away – until you meet someone coming towards you. It’s a sudden, almost jarring, return to reality. Most people are very friendly, move aside and give plenty of space. Sadly though not everyone seems to want to follow the social distancing advice.
The river marks the border between County Durham and Northumberland and has some really excellent if slightly underdeveloped walking routes. No doubt there will be more walking and chances for Luna to explore in the coming weeks and months.
With the COVID-19 restrictions, I’ve been doing some experimentation with photos using a variety of photo apps. A couple of photos of the lighthouse were posted onto Instagram but there were a few leftovers so I’ve decided to show them here.
Some work well and others maybe not so much but I do like the tones created in all the photos. Experimentation is all part of the photography process though I must admit that I don’t do nearly as much experimentation as i should.
Back when i was first starting to take photos it was nothing but experimentation. Exciting times.
Ten years ago today, the Darker Skies photoblog was launched.
A few changes have taken place over the years since that first post went live. Darker Skies was originally just going to feature my black and white landscape work. Gradually I came to the realisation that the blog could do so much more. Little did I know how true that was.
First of Many
Darker Skies was the first blog I set up using WordPress – in this case, wordpress.com. At first, I wasn’t very sure about the content management system. Was WordPress the CMS I was looking for? Did I even need another website? I wasn’t very sure at all that i did!
Ten years and numerous WordPress powered websites later (my own and clients) the answer appears to have been a big yes. Those early steps started a change in my ideas about what a website could do that was desperately needed. A website for a photographer is essential and WordPress is about as good as it gets for creating and running a site. I’ve grown to love WordPress.
Yes, I think so. The Darker Skies site provides some important services for my main website via the Jetpack plugin linkup. Moreover, in the last few years, it’s taken on other roles including helping out with the podcast. It’s an important part of my website family.
I have a Nikon F3 HP that I regard as ‘my’ camera. It’s not a ‘work’ camera like the others I have. The F3 is for my photography. For me. The Darker Skies blog serves a similar function. I should blog more often but maybe quality over quantity is best. Maybe I just need to try harder.
The blog has covered all kinds of topics from travel through to family trauma. Some of the posts have been painful and taken a lot of writing. Others have been a joy. Websites, like life, contain all kinds of moments.
Picking favourite posts isn’t easy so I’m not even going to try. What I would recommend is having a look through the archives list located in the sidebar. I recently looked through and found images I’d completely forgotten about!
Photo Zine Released I’m pleased to announce that the photo zine ‘Caught by the Tide’ has been released and can now be purchased from Blurb for £5.29 + P&P. This is the first book released since Sea, Sky, Sand and Street in 2011. Purchase ‘Caught by the Tide’ Click here to go to the Blurb purchase page Zine Details The twenty-four-page magazine has a total of nineteen images taken in Norfolk in 2016. The photographs were taken during a final family holiday with my mother that year. The images conclude a trilogy of mobile-based photography shot in the English county over a number of years starting in 2009. The Zine Website Page The web page giving some background details about the photography plus links to purchase the zine can be found HERE. Related