A great question from a young photography

Another great question come in from a young up coming photography via my website at www.neilgrahamphotography.com

Below is the question.

As a young photographer just starting out how did you find out what you like to photograph?


As you can imagine it's not going to be a short answer so I've written a brief history about my photography life and what inspired me into wildlife, sports and aviation photography.

I have been taking photos from the film days, using 35mm and 110mm. My introduction into photography was through my mum as she loved to record our family holidays.

When my mum became bored with the camera I would take over. This lead to me taking more and more holiday photos, I was hooked.

I think another reason for my photography interest, is that I have a terrible memory, coupled with dyslexia which made my photography a great visual artefact. In the film days every click cost money which made you conserve your film, so I only took family, landscapes, wildlife and pictures of vehicles.

I had a keen interested in wildlife and all kinds of transport from a young age, so it has become a staple diet for my photography. With this in mind I practice and continue practicing ,with the event of digital, overnight the cost came down so you take as many photos as you want. One quote I use now is, 'you miss 100% of the shots you don't take' so get out there and enjoy photography.

In recent years I have been able to travel to motor racing events and to visit zoos, that makes you add to your skills plus it gives you a fresh and interesting subject.

Along with my sports, wildlife and aviation photography, I also enjoy street photography. Some people find this form of photography creepy, but taking photographs of interesting people with wonderful gestures, fascinates me and sometimes you can produce a great image. Take a look at a wonderful New York photography called Jay Maisel http://www.jaymaisel.com

You can also view some my street photography over on my website.


As for your photography, follow what interests you and practise that. Like everything else in life, if your not interested in what you do, it becomes a chore. Do not get tied down in buying equipment, yes it can produce a better quality photo but it will not help you with learning your skill. I use my camera phone a lot and that produces some great images. Remember it's not the camera that makes the photo, it is you.

I hope this goes some way to answer your question and if you want help or advice in the future I'm only an email away.

Look forward to hearing you

Neil Graham

Can I say thank you for the great question. Please leave a comment below if you have anything to add.

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Hawk Conservancy Trust

My family and I planned our first visit to the Hawk Conservancy Trust in England. The trust have several large birds of prey, plus flying displays, so I packed my camera bag and set off. 

After arriving at the wonderful facilities we set out for our first flying display. The sun was in and out of the clouds, plus the 100-400mm goes from F4.5 at 100mm to F5.6 at 400mm, so I set the camera to Shutter Priority at 1/1000th to freeze the action. The 100-400mm lens on my Canon 60d was the best combination for the great distance between me and the birds. The 70-200mm would of been better for the portrait shots but this was out on loan. The draw back of this lens was the slow focusing speed for the fast Hawks and sharpness at 400mm. Below are actions shots from the Golden Eagle, Fish Eagles and Kites.   


After the hectic flying display it was time for a few portrait shots of the huge birds of prey , so with no 70-200mm with me, I continued using my 100-400mm. The magnificent Bald Eagle stood around 75cm tall and the giant bird of prey was in stunning condition as he donned his modelling hat on.


The Snowy Owl 


Tawny Owl

You can view more photographs from the day by clicking on the Tawny Owl photo.

As a parent I urge you to go with your family and as a photographer its a must visit. 

Next time I'll take the 70-200mm for the portrait shots.

Happy Shooting..

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