The best place to take pictures is – where you are

The best place to take pictures is where you are, the best camera to use is the one you have with you.

That might sound a little fatuous but the grass or the light won’t necessarily be greener 1000 miles away, you get my drift? It’s so easy to think great pictures are only made with ultra-expensive equipment on the other side of the world. I am just as guilty of familiarity breeding contempt as anyone.

A few wise words

The more one looks,
the more one sees.
And the more one sees,
the better one knows where to look.
Tielhard de Chardin

It has been queried why a person with few observational and abstraction skills to make a significant visual design will suddenly gain them after travelling a long way from home, if they did not already have them before they left home.

This picture “Wooscoombe Wood Lane” is a 15 minute bicycle ride from home. It combines Infrared capture with Selenium and Gold Toning on a foggy day.

Being a photographer is about understanding the light and conditions and how to use them to your advantage.

A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog, be brave and leave a comment or two. It won’t hurt I promise, you might even enjoy it.

(C) Andy Beel FRPS

17 responses to The best place to take pictures is – where you are

  1. miltonjohns says:

    How so very true. I always used to save the camera for holiday exactly as you describe, but now I can’t go out without one. I take twice as many shots at home now.


  2. Paula says:

    Andy, you are so right…your words so wise, saving lots of dough in the process!!
    See you next week.


    • andybeel says:

      Hi Paula – I’m not sure if you get replies as you are not on wordpress – yet. We can discuss the pros and cons of the DPIC on Sunday. Andy


    • andybeel says:

      Hi Karen the shot was taken nearly five years ago when I first had my 20D converted to IR. Thanks for the kind comments as ever. Andy


    • andybeel says:

      Hi Helen thanks for the appreciation. I was hoping to do some misty pictures tomorrow but the mist has evapourated. Andy


  3. Jack Brewis says:

    Hi Andy, this is a beautiful and inspiring article, as well as the photo of course. Not sure how I missed this one. Beautiful as always.


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