Thursday, 29 March 2012

So What's All This About Then?

This blog marks the start of my transition to full-time photographer - I work full-time at the moment and can't devote enough time to the things I love doing - climbing hills and taking photographs. At the same time I've built up a wealth of experience and it would be churlish - especially when I stop working for somebody else - not to share that.

Ultimately the idea is to make a living from three things: Landscape photography, product photography, and instructional media. Explanations follow...

1) Landscape photography: Probably the same dream as a lot of photographers. Very difficult to make it your bread-and-butter but very rewarding to do.

2) Product photography: It always helps to have a foot in the door - my partner is a jewellerymaker, so initially I'll be  photographing her creations.

3) Instructional media: In other words, DVDs and web videos on how the average person can improve their everyday photography and step up from snapper to hobbyist.

Obviously these three areas will be served by web presences other than this blog in due course, but this is where I'll be charting my progress on a more personal level.

A Quick Note On Copyright

All photographs and videos that appear on this blog are the sole copyright of Ed Cole unless otherwise noted. Any use outside of this blog is strictly forbidden without the written permission of the copyright holder. Any violations will be pursued and prosecuted to the fullest extent of applicable law.

Sorry to get heavy, but this is the internet and many individuals and organisations seem to be an ethical vacuum once they get online. The short version is don't profit, financially or otherwise, from my hard work. If you want to use any of my photographs, get in touch - I don't bite!

Gallery: B&W as of March 2012

So as this is a photography blog, I thought I'd start out with some pictures. As my tastes stand at the moment, I'm leaning towards black and white - this really works for landscape photography because b&w really accentuates form and tone. I'm heavily influenced by Group f64 in general and Ansel Adams in particular so I suppose it's a natural progression (regression?) to be aiming towards shooting large format b&w film eventually.

Anyway, this is a pick of my current portfolio.

Couple, Sennen Beach

Stump and Breakers, Spurn Point

Ilam Rock, Dovedale

Cromford Mill Pond


Scarthin Books, Cromford

Trees and Mist, Tissington Trail

Furrows and Snow, Newark

Eel Crags

Grisedale Pike

The Central Fells

Tree Stump, Bradford Dale, Youlgreave

Cow Shed, Youlgreave

Ribblehead Viaduct and Blea Moss

Lanyon Quoit

Red Tarn, Striding Edge, Helvellyn and Catstye Cam

Red Tarn From Swirral Edge

Ribblehead Viaduct and the Yorkshire Three Peaks

As with all posts on this blog please respect and observe the photographer's copyright.