Facebook or Google+ ?

It's been a long time coming and I'm glad that I've finally made up my mind. This is something I actually lost sleep over. I would mull over it for ages, take it to bed with me and stay up still thinking about it. The decision to move into social media was always an obvious one but I personally wasn't too sure if I could commit the time required to keep it going. The only reason I was able to do this was because of the great family and friends that I'm surrounded by. I was constantly encouraged that this was a step in the right direction, and if anything I should be grasping for it with both hands. Just when I thought it was over I faced another dilemma, but this time only because I got over zealous.
I have seen and read many good things that photographers have learnt by being a part of Google + and I wanted in on the exposure. I spoke to many like minded people and got some pretty great input, which helped me eventually reach a decision. The best way forward was to be part of both social media sites, i.e Facebook and Google +. However, between all the photography, blogging, proof reading and building up my website there is only so much time at hand. Hence for now, I've decided to commit wholeheartedly to a Facebook page and of course this blog.
As always the content will be updated frequently and better yet you will get to have a sneak peek into all my new upcoming projects via my FB page.
If you're on Facebook, which you most likely are, then you can find me here.
Once again, thanks ever so much for simplifying my decision. I hope you like what you see ( no pun intended)

Let down by colour! - Part 2

Welcome to part 2. Now if you cheated and looked at the image before you read this, my guess is that you were left pleasantly surprised. Surely this isn't something I would shoot on an ordinary day. You know what? You're right!
Seldom do I find myself bored out of my mind. But when I do, I hate it. This was shot while waiting for a client inside a hotel lobby. I had to do something to keep myself busy while I waited, so I decided to shoot the lilies sitting on the table in front of me. If you know your flowers, then you're no stranger to that lilies are simply gorgeous. This bunch was no different

My primary idea was to isolate one flower and make it fill the frame as much as possible. However, right from the first shot I knew there was something wrong. As satisfied as I was with the composition I wasn't sensing anything from the image. There really was too much going on with all the colour. Basically, it was too busy an image. Since I didn't have the time to post process in black and white I set the camera to capture minus the colour and shot again. The difference was worlds apart. I personally feel that it dramatizes the image just enough to keep the audience focused. Really nothing more that I could have asked for.
I'd love to hear what you think.

Just do it!

You've seen it countless times, plastered across billboards and double decked buses. In all probability you even own something on which it's boldly scrawled. The good folks at the Oregon based sports wear giant have for as long as we can remember bombarded us with these three words. Three key words, which in my opinion do not necessarily have to be used only in a sports related context.
This here is a statement that rings true for anyone with a camera, who ultimately resorts to calling them self a photographer, which brings me to why I wrote this in the first place.

There is this one thing as a photographer that constantly bothers me, much like an annoying rash. I've noticed that people nowadays spend more time talking about photography than actually taking pictures.
You're probably wondering how this works. Let me explain.
Firstly, if you frequent forums, websites and social media as much I do, then you're most likely to have stumbled upon an elite set of people, who've made it their life's work to tell everybody how they should be doing things. Now at first glance this may not seem so negative but if you hang around a little longer you will begin to notice how every conversation finally narrows down to photographic gear, and what you 'should' use if you want an image to appear a certain way. I beg to disagree. Quite honestly, who cares? At the end of the day you are the one ultimately responsible for creating an image. As far as I'm concerned, whether you used a DSLR or a point and shoot camera shouldn't matter.

Ideally, what we should be doing is spending more time, out there, with the camera. It doesn't matter what you shoot. What matters, is that you shoot at all. We need to be exploring the limitless possibilities that capturing an image holds. We need to stop making excuses and keep doing what we do, more regularly. So what if it is raining? Hold an umbrella and keep shooting. Life doesn't stop, why should you? Go out of your comfort zone and unleash everything you have learned. Keep shooting, day and night. As is the case with many things in life there are no short cuts to success. You and I are both photographers. Taking pictures is what we do.

Just do it!