It is amazing that only a few weeks ago I was preparing myself for the onset of the Cherry Blossom season here in Korea and all to soon I find that these delicate little flowers have almost diminished for another year. Continue reading Cherry Blossom and Spring Flowers
As photographers we tend to stick with what we know and feel comfortable with, however today I found myself squarely sat outside of my usual comfort zone. A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine asked whether I would take the time to speak with her daughters about photography; now talking photography is something I do well, I can sit for hours and discuss images, shooting situations and what I feel is the best light, but this is usually within a situation where I feel comfortable, amongst my peers or with people who know me really well, however being faced with speaking to strangers, teenage strangers to make things worse, brought me out in a very cold sweat.
“What are you doing tomorrow?” my husband asked me, “taking a few girls out on a photography tutorial” I replied sheepishly; “REALLY!?!?!” came the response, “you hate doing things like that!” Oh how he knows me and more importantly knows my fears.
I like to photograph beautiful and interesting things, but sometimes there are not enough hours in the day to fit in road trip, so photographing in the proximity of where you live is often the only option.
Even though today rose a bit dull, a mist hung over Ulsan that I thought may be interesting to investigate and having recently read Up for Discussion: Photographing Your Backyard by photographer Leanne Cole, I decided to throw camera over shoulder and incorporate a photo outing with my morning walk.
Early morning walks are sacred for me, it is a chance to energise my body, ponder on the day ahead and catch up with some of my podcasts that do not involve photography. This small jaunt usually takes in a section of the Taehwa River (the life line of Ulsan) and although not the most picturesque place on the plant, I often kick myself that the Nikon was left at home.
The Internet could go into melt down over the coming weeks as spring begins to sweep its way across the Northern Hemisphere.
As one of the many who go in hunt of those delicate little flowers that herald the transition from the slumber and thoughtfulness of winter to the hope of new beginnings that spring has to offer, I found myself out early with camera in tow this morning, hoping for more luck than my earlier outing this week to find new life in the dormant surroundings of Ulsan.
“Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.”
A.E. Housman (from A Shropshire Lad, 1896)