Well this is the first post in my blog series, so it’s probably going to be a brief one in order to help me setup and style my page for future ramblings.

So why are you here?

Are you on a photography journey, a reborn photographer or just interested in improving your images? Well what you will find with me is that as I write this, I am no expert or professional. I have been keen on photography for many years on and off, even attending night school in my teens. Wow! That was a long while ago in the days of 35mm! This time around however I have the time to read, understand and practise the hobby in the beautiful country I now call home, Southern Spain.

You will hopefully see me grow and with knowledge my images will improve, each blog will have an “image of the week” well my best one, and I will let you in to what I have been up to, current equipment and techniques used and links to any articles or videos I have found helpful. It would be good to do a YouTube video, but I can’t get my head around that just yet, I tried rambling in front of a camera and it didn’t work too well!

What do I shoot?

The last year, and what kickstarted me back into the hobby, was photographing my son and his basketball team. This lead to capturing images of other club teams and basketball events and presentations. When the season finished it left a void so I turned to trying landscape photography. My first impressions are that its all about the mood, you can shoot what you think is a great image, get it home and no matter what you do it looks boring!

One difficulty in Spain is the clear blue skies and warm days, landscape photography seems to benefit greatly from moody skies, the hours after a downpour when everything is wet and sunrises and sunsets with dramatic skies. I’ll get them, I’ll drive, walk and hike to the best local spots I can find.

Current equipment

Nothing amazing to report here I have, and started with a Nikon D7200.

Indoor basketball I shoot with a Sigma 50-100 f1.8 which I love, this was a recommendation after much internet research and I do love the images, I am sure there will be future blogs that will focus on this lens.

Landscapes I have been using the Sigma 18-35 f1.8, Sigma 17-50 f2.8 and a Sigma 10-20 f3.5. I couldn’t tell you what I prefer out of this bunch as you will see quite a bit of overlap in the focal lengths. The 18-35 should blow the cheaper “standard” lenses out of the water but it doesn’t, I am going to have to think about the long task of calibrating this with the Sigma dock and then see if we have any improvement.

Oh I have a Nikon 35mm DX prime as well, but have hardly used it except for some group basketball shots.

Anyway that’s enough for this one, it was going to be a short start to my camera and photography online blogging career and its gone on too long,.

Enjoy & shoot more…

(Main image shot using Nikon D7200 and Sigma 17-50 f2.8, EXIF 1/250 at f11 – 17mm, ISO 100)