Jonathan Griffiths [MrShutterbug]
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Photography begins not in the camera but in the mind or so they say. The real work is one of noticing and appreciating what’s around you and trying to encapture that in the lense, when you see things clearly and differently, this is when you start sharing that vision with others. How did you come to photography? My Father first introduced me to photography at a very young age. He took several nature photographs, printed them and displayed them on my bedroom wall and taught me to appreciate what Mother Nature and what the world has to offer… It was only later when given a Digital SLR for my 31st birthday in 2008 that my interest reignited in photography. Since then I have been inspired by the technical and creative possibilities that photography offers. I have been exploring and photographing nature, landscapes, buildings, architecture and people. Hiking through forests and cities; lugging camera gear through rain, mud and snow; seeking out that special shot that reveals the hidden beauty in each object. What's Your Favourite image? A photograph taken by wildlife and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore a polar bear scavenges a bowhead whale carcass. To me it captures the essence of what a wildlife photograph is all about, pure unadulterated raw power. A white polar bear covered in blood stains as it feeds from a dead whale carcass. It took one man an epic journey into the frozen Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to capture this powerful image of Mother Nature at its best. What is your message to all photographers? As an aspiring photographer there are many books, videos and web links that all give advice on how to take that better photo. For the beginner however the jargon can be mind numbing and confusing with long subjects on exposure, composition and shutter stops. I would offer 3 simple things. Always bring your camera -the number one reason why people miss good pictures is because they don't have a camera simple really fellow shutterbugs. Make it a habit to always carry a camera with you, because you never know what you could miss as I have learnt on to many occasions.Know your camera, simple really -you don't need to memorize every feature right away, but over time you should be comfortable enough so that operating your camera becomes second nature. It's like learning to ride a bicycle - only when the machine becomes transparent are you really driving. Take more photos-if you think you shoot enough, you don't its that simple shutterbugs. When I go to shoot big cats I generally take over 1000 photos and will be happy if I have 10 images that are top quality. If you have a digital camera, because there is no added cost to taking more photographs, why take just one picture if you can take several? You may be in a place you may never visit again? Take a picture, because even the most boring day to day scenes can become priceless in just a few years of time.