Let the journey begin!

So! This photographic journey begins. I love words, I love pictures...which probably explains why I chose a career in marketing - it's all ultimately about telling a story.

I love exploring the world, and capturing images of the weird and wonderful; the good, the bad and the ugly.

I'm not a technical shooter. I learn by experimenting, reading, doing workshops, talking with other photographers, but mainly, by taking pictures. Hundreds of em. Any chance I get! Thank God for digital cameras!

In the mid-90's, I was slowly bankrupting myself, as I had roll after roll of film developed from my Pentax SLR. I fancied myself as a bit of a still-life photographer, and took bwzillions of photos of pasta shells on ceramic plates, and my then boyfriend's Ford Escort through all manner of Cokin filters. I took to digital photography like a duck to water, starting with a Canon Ixus. What an awesome little Point & Shoot it was! It travelled the world with me and never missed a beat.

In 2008, I progressed to my first DLSR, the Canon EOS 400D. I fell in love with it the second I took the first photos of some lillies in my tiny little London apartment on a freezing winter's morning. I couldn't believe the images coming out of the camera - in fact one of the pictures I took that morning now hangs as a canvas print in my apartment.

In May 2009, I did my first digital photography workshop with Blue Dog Photography and discovered life after Automatic. That workshop was pivotal. From there, I hooked up with a thriving community of photographers in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. I started to venture out with them on model shoots, despite having no clue what I was doing. I started to talk and think more about photography. Earlier this year, I did more workshops with the awesome crew at Creative Photo Workshops, started entering photos in competitions, and then started a 365 challenge, where I took a photo every day. I'm now up to about Day #205.

Somewhere between Days #1 and #50, my interest in photography turned a bit obsessive, and I bought my first Canon L-series lens. Once again, I was blown away with the quality of images this technology makes possible. Facebooking daily with other photographers seemed to fuel the obsession - and excitement of it all. My non-photographer friends just don't seem to get my excitement over a new piece of glass as my photography buddies do!

Several thousand photos later, and a random visit to Photo Continental combined with a temporary lapse of reason, I became the very proud owner of a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. I love this camera! Couldn't wipe the grin off my face as I took it out shooting at Roma Street Parklands the day after I bought it. 3 weeks ago, I took it on an 8-day roadtrip round the Great Ocean Road, where we saw some of the most amazing, dramatic scenery Australia has to offer - and I got a real feel for what this awesome camera is capable of. I can't wait to get out and use it more.

The photo below (Credit to Steve Fels) is of one very cold, wind-beaten, salt-sprayed, sand-blasted amateur photographer and her much coveted 5D II on the wild south coast of Victoria - having an awesome time doing what I love.

This blog is about how my photographic journey continues :)

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