One of the things we suggest to people on our photographic training courses is that they should always carry a camera. It’s much easier nowadays, as there are some very high quality compact digital cameras around, that hardly weigh anything.
I’m often asked what the best camera is and my answer is, “The one you have with you.” Here’s a series of images that illustrate why you should always carry a camera…
We were out walking at Rhossili, on the Gower Peninsular near Swansea, and we saw this female wheatear on top of a drystone wall. It was very confident and wasn’t bothered about having its portrait taken with my Panasonic Lumix Fz-50 camera.
You could even say that it had posed for me! It was a very different story when a kestrel flew over.
The wheatear saw the characteristic falcon wing shape and pushed itself into the drystone wall in order to hide.
Once the bird of prey had passed, the wheatear resumed its confident perching on the wall. If I hadn’t had my camera with me then I would still have seen this all happen, but wouldn’t have been able to capture a lovely little sequence of images.
It was obviously a day for interesting flying things. A bit further round the coast we saw this plane flying very low, and as my camera was out and ready I took a shot as it flew over us.
It was a Lockheed C130-J “Super Hercules” transport, operated by the Royal Air Force, and probably based just up the road from us at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.
So, these images sum up how important it is to always carry your camera (at the ready), know how to use it, and that you should try and get a series of images, so you can put them together to tell a story.
You can learn more on one of our training courses, or Photo Treks. Check www.lifestylephotos.co.uk for details.