For my first post on my photography page it seemed appropriate to use my first ever landscape photograph.
Back in 2009, at the age of 14, I signed up to a school trip to Iceland. The land of ice and fire, the land shaped by unstoppable forces of nature and and largely untainted by the hand of man. I was shown incredible photos of the place and was inspired to go and see it for myself.
As part of my group training for the expedition, we hiked up Pen-Y-Fan. The tallest mountain in the Brecon Beacons. It was my first time up a mountain and, equipped with my newly-obtained hand-me-down Nokia camera phone, my first time taking photos. Unless you count cluelessly wasting film on my parents disposable Kodak cameras as a kid, of course.
Following the trip and with unnecessary nervousness, created my first ever Facebook photo album. Amongst all the poorly-composed snapshots of the day I took this lucky shot which even received a comment, making me far happier than it should have done. Whilst it's not great, it wasn't bad for my first ever attempt.
Upon creating the photo album I realised two significant things, the first was how I naturally gravitated towards photographing the landscape that day instead of the other people. The second was the fact that if I was to capture the best possible photos in Iceland (like those in the brochures, of course), I would need to take photos on something other than a colour-casting potato (see image 2). So started my first steps into the world of photography.
This account will be a place for me to make a public record of my photos - past, present and future, without flooding the newsfeeds of people following my personal account. Otherwise, the vast majority of semi-interesting or personally-important photos I have taken will sit, unlooked at, in a dusty HDD buried deep in a spare draw forever more. It's also a place for me to write unnecessarily long descriptions and just get generally nerdy about photography.
Thanks to @Brotographyco
and his effective persuasive techniques, I will attempt to post a minimum of one photo per week. We'll see.