My name, in case you haven’t guessed from the domain, is Stephen Tierney, and I am an aspiring Landscape photographer.
Ok, I can already sense you reaching for the the little ‘x’ in the corner of your browser, but wait one cotton picking minute there Muskie (yes that is an obscure reference to legendary sixties cartoon character Deputy Dawg and his sidekick Muskie the Muskrat). I might be able to help you, or more importantly we might be able to help each other. You see, my use of the word ‘aspiring’ in this write-up is particularly apt, and while I will shy away from the word ‘noob’ I am still very much learning my trade as a photographer.
I was never really into film photography, and in fact only really started to take an interest in the art form when the digital revolution was still in its infancy. I was probably ahead of the curve when it came to embracing such things back in the early noughties, but after researching the subject even I was reluctant to invest in a shiny new DSLR back in the day when the bang for your buck was probably about the equivalent of your average smartphone camera today. However I did blow almost £500 on a Canon Powershot S40 (bought with Christmas money If I recall), a solidly built 4MP, cuboid wonder with a 3x optical ZOOM lens. I was the talk of the town for all of 48 hours, until I dropped it in a puddle and that was the end of that.
It’s taken me over 10 years to get back into the saddle, and I have done so a little more cautiously. I bought a nearly new Canon EOS 1100D from ebay for £170 and and I spent the next 2-3 months of my life immersed in library books and watching Youtube videos, teaching myself everything I need to know about ISO settings, Shutter Speed & Aperture Size; depth of field and Bokeh. I have been extolled the virtues of getting it right ‘In Camera’ and I have lapped up the output of Trey Ratcliff, HDR landscape photographer extraordinaire. Finally I emerged a changed man. I have an itch in my feet that wont let up. I find myself studying the light and the clouds in the sky whenever I venture outside. I have Lens Envy and that’s not a good thing! A swanky new 10-22mm Lens is out of my range at the moment; but I am constantly working towards being able to afford one without the wife giving me that look which speaks of disappointment and few nights in the spare bedroom. I’ve managed with the trial copies of Photoshop and Lightroom, but find I missed them greatly when they expired. So much so that I have managed to install a trial on each of the three computers we have in the house meaning I had 90 days of free adobe goodness before all avenues became exhausted.
In short, like many out there, I am an enthusiastic amateur. And I’m proud.
If you have come to this blog expecting meticulous photography greatness along the lines of Joe Cornish or David Bailey then you will most likely leave sorely disappointed. But know that every single photograph taken with my entry level EOS 1100D (with kit lens by the way) has been a labour of love and that I have poured into each picture as much passion and enthusiasm as I can muster and hopefully that will go some way towards making up for the lack of expensive equipment and technical genius. I do what I do and I intend to keep doing it, and if its not right in camera then I will use every means I have at my disposal to make it right out of camera. I have fun. I’m making pictures I like; and hopefully some of you will like them too. And perhaps one day I might make a truly great picture that will change the world. But I wouldn’t
hold my breath.
Enjoy your stay.
Stephen Tierney (October 2013)