It’s been a while since I posted about my photography. A couple of months in fact. Which, by this current schedule, is about 5 posts. I remember a time when I was posting 3-4 times a week, sometimes every day.

As I said in my last post, web content has diversified. Blogs are no longer the be all and end all. That’s also why I recently had another cull, bringing the post count to about 400. If I’d never deleted any, I think I’d have nearly 2,000 posts.

Anyway, photography. Yes. Some developments have occurred while the blog has been on quiet time. First off: I said I would (when I had enough images for it to be worth it) open a dedicated website so people can buy prints. After spending weeks looking at options and searching for the right site, I went with SmugMug.

I have 80 images up at the moment with more to come as and when I upload. Broken down into the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, landscapes and so on. Each major category has several subcategories. If big cat photos are your thing, go to animal kingdom and look at that subfolder. Easy!

While mastery over my camera and understanding the technical aspects of photography have both improved my work, there are other reasons too. I’ve been slowly investing in equipment for better photos. In autumn 2018, I bought a telephoto lens (300mm) which made photographing zoo animals easier.

In March, I bought a tripod to make longer exposures possible. It also meant I could switch off image stabilisation for more crisp photos.

There is something else I see as a necessity for coastal photography and most bright sunny days – polarising filters. A nasty glare reflects on water on a sunny day. I took this image with a polarising filter. The difference is striking.

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth. Copyright MG Mason 2019

I hope, in time, to add some other genres too as I continue to develop like astrophotography. Feeling a bit daunted at that, it actually seems painfully simple so long as you have a tripod (check), somewhere dark enough to go to (check) and a standard lens. A kit lens is usually suitable but a fish eye lens is better.

Which brings me to the next bit of kit. Earlier today, I decided to buy another lens. A fish eye lens. It will arrive next week. The kit lens is fine for some types of landscapes (again, see Smug Mug for some of my best examples) but sometimes lacking as I found trying to take long shots on Dartmoor in the spring.

A fish eye lens distorts objects closer to the subject, exaggerating the perspective for greater depth. Fish eyes are ideal for creating those “wow” landscapes. They’re also used in some product photography, at car shows, interiors and great for close ups.

I’m looking forward to trying astrophotography as the nights start to get shorter and you don’t have to be out gone 10pm to see some darkness. Watch this space and the social media.

My final bit of news is that earlier this month, I sold my first digital rights to use a photograph. Although I have more images at Alamy, it was this image on Twenty20 that I sold the usage rights.

Published by MG Mason Creative

I'm Matt, a freelance writer, writing mostly about education, early career recruitment, tech, B2B and professional services. Dabbling with landscape and nature photography too. For this content , please look at my main site linked below. I'm also a self-published author, creator of the quirky crime comedy book series Salmonweird. If that's what you're looking for, then good news! The village has its own website listed below.

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