Just a very quick post to upload a couple of photos that I’ve taken and edited on my iPad using Snapseed. One from Tenerife and one of Durham Cathedral.
This is just a short post, to point out that I’ve added some more of my instagram shots to the gallery, which can be viewed here).
Also, I’ve linked the website to my flickr. This website will always have more content on that flickr, but I know some people are fans of it, so you can view my photo stream and add me from this link.
Recently I’ve started to use Instagram, which I find really useful for just capturing and sharing quick shots whilst I’m out and about. Now, to those who don’t know, Instagram remains an iPhone only service, you can’t even view photos from users on their website, so anyone who doesn’t have an iPhone can’t see my pictures. Therefore, what I’ve done is added a new page under the Gallery heading here, where you can see all my Instagram photos. This page will get continually updated, so keep checking for newer photos.
I take photos for Instagram purely with my iPhone, so they aren’t necessarily as high quality as my normal shots, but the filters are nice.
So this weekend I went a little social network crazy, adding a whole host of other ways in which to either support my photography (which I hope you will), or simply contact me with ideas/requests/thoughts, anything and everything.
Facebook: Oliver Banks Photography (or click the like box on the right of this page)
Google+: Oliver Banks
It never ceases to amaze me as well, the ways in which people manage to find my website. For example, site stats yesterday (31st July 2011) showed that my website was found through Google Russia by someone searching for Liverpool city centre.
Thanks also to my first ever email subscriber, really means a lot to have someone who is that interested. I obviously won’t reveal their details on here, but if you’re reading this from an email link, it’s most probably you.
Finally, I’m looking a getting a logo designed for my photos to use as a watermark. I have some current designs, but it really isn’t my strong suit, so anyone who can, please give me a shout.
So, seeing as my blog has hit 1000 views, I thought now would be an appropriate time as any to write a kind of “state of the nation” blog post. When I started this blog (quite unbelievably) some 5 months ago, I wasn’t too sure what I expected from it, or what I’d thought it would become. The idea came about one afternoon when I was at university and realised that I really wanted to do something with the spa time I had. From a young age, I’d always had an interest in journalism, which led to me writing for www.nukoda.com for a while, writing game reviews. I knew I wanted to start writing again, leading to the idea of a blog, but then what about its content? I’ve always been fascinated with photography, without ever really having too much knowledge of the subject area. In my opinion, a fantastic photo can be amongst the greatest art the eye can behold. Nothing can capture the moment quite like a photograph, and under the right photographer, with the right eye and equipment, the results can be phenomenal, whether it’s just a beautiful night shot of a famous skyline, or a photo taken at a perfect time such as incredible wildlife photographs. A photo is almost unique in being able to convey any and every human emotion through a static image, it’s almost magical. At the time, I had (and still have), a mediocre bridge camera, nothing special, but certainly not as poor as a standard point and shoot. And so, this blog was born.
Since then, my passion for photographer has grown more than I could have imagined, from trips to London, Durham and Tenerife, to night time shoots in Liverpool, there’s something wonderful about just capturing that one perfect photo that makes the trip worthwhile. I absolutely love going out and taking photos, and exploring areas off the beaten track to search for the elusive photo that someone else hasn’t taken/considered. I’ve learnt on these trips, especially the London one, that the photo you take and may think is the best, may be bettered by another, more unexpected one. For example, I thought at the time, that my best ones taken in London were of Tower Bridge, however when I had a look at them on my iPad, I quickly discovered that actually my best one (in my opinion) that I took was actually one of Westminster Pier, which is the cover photo for the album.
I’ve also learnt that I should be writing more here. Rather than only updating when I have new photos, I should be updating with my thoughts on photography in general, whether it’s photos or photographers that have caught my eye, or just general ideas about things.
In a sort of celebration for my site reaching 1000 views, I’ve given it quite a major upgrade, with a new, hopefully cleaner design, the ability to link and share with more services, rate each post and page, as well as a facility to sign up for an email subscription to the site, which I encourage you all to do, and would hugely appreciate.
Now, where next? I’m hoping to make a purchase of a more serious DSLR soon, currently deciding between the Canon 550D and 600D, depending on what I can get for what price. After that, I can properly begin to pursue my goal of selling my first photo. So far, istockphoto.com have rejected my applications to publish my photos on there to sell, but hopefully a decent camera rig will provide photos of the quality they expect. That is ultimately where I’d like this to all end up, selling photos to people who appreciate what a good photograph is.
So really, having rambled on for almost 700 words, I suppose this is the start of Oliver Banks Photography 2.0, a better, bigger blog.
So our family holiday this was to Tenerife. We stayed at the Bahia Principe Tenerife, which is close to Costa Adeje, some 20 mins drive from Las Americas. The photos I took are of the hotel and its surrounding area, as well as Las Americas. I found that Tenerife has quite a strange beauty to it. Being close to the Equator, as well as Africa, its landscape is quite different from that of mainland Spain, there’s no real greenery, its more scrubland.
Click here to see all the photos.
Last week I went up to Durham to visit a friend at the University, and ended up taking some photos. There’s some from Durham town centre, (taken on the 13th and 14th June), some from Cow Green Reservoir in the Pennines, and finally some from a poppy field close to Grey College on the edge of Durham (all taken on 16th June).
The town centre photos and some of the reservoir photos were taken with my standard kit, a Fujifim FinePix S2000HD, whereas the poppy field photos, and the rest of the reservoir ones were taken with a Canon 550D, using either an 18-55mm Kit lens, or 70-300mm Tamron Lens.
The link to the page with the photos are here, please take a look. Also, please remember to vote in the Your Britain competition for me.
So I’ve entered the Your Britain competition, where you submit your own photos (according to specific categories), and if they get approved, you can then go on to win the competition.
The first round relies solely on votes from anyone and everyone. You can vote on up to five photos per day, every day (they just reset over night). The competition ends on the 30th June, and I’d hugely appreciate if people could vote as many times as possible until then.
So I went out last night and took some shots throughout Liverpool city centre, and down by the Docks. You’ll find them here, or just click on Gallery and they are there.
I’ll be taking some more next week I think, so keep your eyes open.
Just a quick apology and explanation for the lack of updates to the site recently. Since coming back from London, I’ve been a bit bogged down with work and essays for University, and the northern weather hasn’t done me any favours on my days off. We had four beautiful days of weather this week, and Friday, my day off, it rained all day.
I’m hoping to get out and do some more shooting this week, so hopefully there’ll be some updates towards the end of the week, we shall see.
Cheers as always,