Chapter 1 - Where it all began
As a boy or when I was growing up I was interested in photography, the mechanics of it, and basically how it worked. I took a keen interest in the development of photos and also the equipment available at the time, I made my own pinhole camera and developed the photos using equipment at school.
The Severn Bridges from Porskewett to Beechley have been an invaluable training ground offering a local site where I can enjoy the peace and quite whilst exploring the varied scenery depending on the weather, time of day and year.
Whilst people jest about the bridges and the time I spend there taking pictures, which has been a lot!!! the bridges have allowed me to develop a lot of skills from using filters all adding impact to dramatic seas, night exposures and not forgetting long exposures expanding my knowledge and experience in a massive way, in turn giving me the confidence to go out and taken on more challenging opportunities.
The next step in my development was introducing light into the scene with portable flash guns, after all photography is about light and I realised the sun added great effect with filters, colours and character but it is so powerful it takes over everything and I lost the colour and detail in other parts of the shot so I had to control it and bring balance to the scene, to do this I throttled the sun using ND grad filters and then I brought light to the dark areas using mobile flash units with remote triggers.
I can do a lot in Lightroom and Photoshop and even recover some bad scenes but using the flash units allow me to enhance the whole scene without compromising quality and detail providing a better balance.
Nothing more than a tweak in Lightroom!
A collection of my photos can be viewed here on Flickr, a quick and free way to not only display your images but a good storage backup for 1 terabyte
A 10 Stop ND filter and Lightroom to finish the darker areas.
The one thing I have learnt above all else, all photography requires effort, the only way to get the magical shot is go out and get it, search, explore and keep trying because you will get it, you have to be patient and it will come.
Roy Tucker 2015