3 days ago
When I was at school, I would read through National Geographics dreaming of someday becoming a photojournalist capturing the everyday life's of rural people across the world, learning their history and traditions, writing about their cultures. A few years down the track I'm still reading NG's, and although the dream seems a bit further away now than what it was then,
I'm going to share with you some I sight into my camera. If you thought I used a big and expensive DSLR camera to capture my photographs, think again 😅
For the last 6 years, I haved been using my trusted Olympus Pen E-PL5 to capture my life, events and happenings around me. The E-PL5 is a digital mirrorless camera that is compact enough to for in my handbag or farm coat pocket (just!) and I have mastered it's settings for manual mode. It's a little bruised in places from almost daily use, and the battery door has to be held on with masking tape, but it still works as well today as it did the day I bought it.
I've photographed tens if thousands of moments, with my camera, that's one of the advantages of digital photography. I do not consider myself an expert either, everyday I am learning. Amongst my favourite subjects are rural activities, people, animals and raw nature. Speaking of raw, I always shoot in manual mode raw, which allows me to capture higher quality images I can edit later if I chose.
In the last few years I've experimented with freelance photograph when I was an employee of a town company and my full time work hours were cut. Although the photo comissions fun and financially helped, nothing satisfies my soul to the extent of simply having my camera to hand ready to capture a moment authentically when it presents itself.
This year I have started a blog to document our farming activities and life in the country. I haven't given up on the dream of documenting rural communities, but for now I will continue to practise writing and photography in my spare time.
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