We have taken a leap these last few weeks and have entered one of our favourite photo competitions (I won’t say which so as not to tempt fate!). It’s daunting to think that our pictures could ever potentially be seen alongside those of our photo heroes, but we figured it was worth a go.
We have submitted some of our favourites, some that we feel are technically excellent, and then have taken a gamble with some of our more abstract shots, in the hope that they show the judges something a little different. It’s really difficult to choose which images to submit. When looking back over competition archives, so many of the places we’ve visited have been frequented by professional photographers and there are so many of the same images around these days. It’s getting harder and harder to get a unique shot. Some of the best, in my opinion, are often those taken by amateurs who have taken inspiration from their own back yard, those who have found beauty when looking in places others overlook. This inspires me to think differently about my own photography and the opportunities I can create with my own camera. There are so many wildlife photography opportunities in the UK…you just have to know when and where to look. Which brings me nicely onto the fact that spring has sprung (at last!) and we’re already starting to see ducklings and goslings on the local waterways. We have our eye on one particular goose who has made a nest out of rubbish on the canal bank, and has not moved for weeks because she is tending to her eggs. I check n her every morning and evening, and I will be rushing out with my camera as soon as she hatches her eggs…watch this space.