Wow what a year…
2011 has been a massive year of photography for me, I’ve been out on a beach for sunrise most weekends since April when i met Gareth Kelly while in Cairns and became addicted to early morning seascapes.
During 2011 I have broken cameras (salt air is not too friendly to electronics), been drenched in icy cold downpours with no wet weather gear and been soaked in salt water too many times, broken tripods, taken some terrible photos, taken some fantastic photos, seen the most magical sunrises and sunsets, missed some amazing sunrises, met some fantastic generous inspiring photographers, completed projects and achieved goals.
All in all it’s been one of the best years of my life, so what did I learn?
Always be prepared
Wet weather gear, windproof jackets and warm clothing is worth more than a few more lenses or another camera when you are on location, comfort is key to being able to think on an icy cold windy night on the NSW south coast (learnt that the hard way), keeping fresh clothes in the car is also a good idea.
Scouting and googling the location is a must, knowing where you are going, what the tides, sun and weather is doing for a morning shoot is so important when you’re arriving somewhere new in the dark.
Find other photographers to talk to, bounce ideas off and critique you’re work, online or face to face.
Photo books are sometimes a better investment than new gear.
Inspiration also comes from everywhere, movies, tv, books, people, it all stimulates your creativity.
Have multiple goals and projects going all the time so there is always something to do or think about. Give yourself deadlines.
Wake up Early
The earlier you arrive at the location the more time you get to setup and find a composition rather then scrambling for any shot you can make before that perfect light disappears.
Don’t wuss out
Going back to bed when its raining etc is always a regret as the sunrises are usually better, and if not, just being up early on an empty beach (or forest, or at a waterfall etc) is the best part of the day.
And the most important thing ive learnt this year is to take more photos, doesn’t matter where or when, just keep at it and enjoy.
Here are the highlights of my 2011 photographically.