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    Posted: 24 June 2014 at 19:07
One of Us #56: bigsi




Dyxum member bigsi writes...

First off, thank you for inviting me to contribute to the One Of Us series. I was both surprised and delighted to be given this opportunity to say a few things about myself and my photography.

I live in a small village in Cornwall, UK, with my understanding, tolerant and beautiful wife Lou and our talented and amazing daughter Freyja.

I’m a self employed gardener, I look after customers throughout the southwest, ranging from “little old ladies” to larger commercial contracts with schools, residential homes and the like. Invariably I have no free time for 9 months of the year and too much for 3 which I tend to fill with photography.

I have been interested in photography throughout my life but it has only become a passion (ie expensive) in the last 6 years. It was the birth of our daughter Freyja that made me think “cameras” again and I started firing away determined not to miss a moment. She soon got bored with my undying attention so I started looking for other subjects to photograph.

Cornwall is the best location in the world to live in (I would say that), with wide ranging opportunities for photography. Most of my stuff has been shot within an hour or so of home so I can return easily to learn to make the most of each location.

Dyxum is a great community. I've learnt as much here as I have when out using my camera, from working my way through the assignments (thanks to Pieter and Brian), to the feedback from everyone here and the team that make this site so enjoyable to be part of. I actually finished the April Foolishness this year, talk about getting out of your comfort zone! Thoroughly recommend you have a go at one.

Enough about me, here are some of my favourite shots from over past few years:


Landscapes


As I mentioned before, the southwest has some pretty stunning locations for landscape photography-

#1 Brentor, Dartmoor.
Bit of a cliché round these parts, but hey! This location always gives me a feeling of being on top of the world and I think the fish-eye accentuates that.

A77, Samyang 8mm fisheye, f5.6, 1/250, iso 100


#2 Trevose Head, Cornwall.
I took this whilst we were all staying with my grandad in his caravan at Mother Ivy’s bay. It was our last visit, sadly he passed on not long after. This photo will always have a special memory for myself and my family. A autumn storm had just passed over and the warm light from the setting sun lit up the landscape in front of me. Very little pp on this, one of my all time favourites.

A300, sigma 17-70, f8, 1 sec, iso 100


#3 Sharrow Point, Cornwall.
A great spot for me, half an hours drive away, so if the conditions are right I'm there quite quickly. However in my rush to get out before a storm came in, I managed to forget my wellies , I was soaked up past my knees. Gear ok though!

A77, tokina 11-16, f9, 2 sec, iso 400


#4 Windy Post Cross, Dartmoor.
Autumn can bring very changeable weather on the moors, this was a day of heavy showers which brought these impressive clouds.

A77, sony 16-50, f11, 1/30, iso 100


#5 Cornish Field
Taken for April Foolishness this year. I'm generally reliant on the weather for landscape photography. With these "detail" photos, showing patterns and shapes in the landscape opens up a whole new angle and you don't need the "perfect" conditions.

A77, Samyang 85mm, f5.6, 1/250, iso 400

Brittany


The next couple are from our holidays in Brittany, a place not dissimilar to Cornwall, just a little wilder!

#6 Audierne, Brittany.
I’ve got a thing for lighthouses, especially if there is a good sunset. I put off an evening of drinking for this shot!

A77, sony 16-50, f11, 1/3 sec, iso 100


#7 Wreck at La magouer, Brittany.
This is one of my most successful photos to date, it got POTW here (whoop!) and the colour version has sold well as stock.

A77, tokina 11-16, f8, 1/500, iso 100


Sports


With plenty of local events to practice at, this was another outlet for my photography. A completely different genre which needed a different approach, which in turn would help me to better understand photography in general. The most important thing I learnt was the ability to use my camera without thinking twice, so I could concentrate on the shot in front of me without worrying about settings etc.

I really enjoy horse racing, you can get very close at the local events. I generally go for either a very fast shutter speed (1/2000) to see "veiny" detail or a slow speed to capture movement.

#8 Great Trethew, 2013.

A77, sigma 70-200 os, f3.2, 1/2000, iso 400


#9 Buckfastleigh 2012.
Panning with horses proved to be a real challenge, They go up and down a lot as well apparently, not many keepers from this session.
A65, tamron 70-300 usd, f22, 1/20, iso 50


Motocross too, its a shame you cannot capture the noise at these events, an exhilarating experience!

#10 Landrake 2012.

A65, tamron 70-300 usd, f5.6, 1/500, iso 200


#11 Kingsteignton 2014

A77, sony 16-50, f4, 1/2000, iso 400


#12 And some more panning-

A65, tamron 70-300 usd, f20, 1/40, iso 100


#13 These land rover trial drivers are bonkers, this guy was the only finisher of 10 that started-

A77, sony 16-50, f11, 1/60, iso 100


Freyja


Some photos of our daughter Freyja, I have many snaps of her, but not many I'd call "photos".

#14 First pair of "lace-ups" She was absolutely determined to do it herself, despite being only 3!

A300, sigma 17-70, f8, 1/320, iso 400


#15 Learning to play. In this backlit photo I used her music book as a reflector.

A77, Samyang 85mm, f2, 1/200, iso 400


#16 One from April Foolishness, "Country Girl"

A77, Samyang 85mm, f2, 1/250, iso 320



Still life


I quite enjoy still-life, great for a rainy day or if you cannot get out for whatever reason.

#17 Minimal Egg

A77, Samyang 85mm, f2, 2 sec, iso 100


#18 One of my first posts on dyxum-

A300, sony 50 1.8, f5, 1/20, iso 100, off camera flash


Miscellaneous stuff


I tend to point my camera at anything I find remotely interesting. I have many unfinished projects as I'm easily distracted and that's probably why this article is a bit "all over the place". These last few shots are some which I like, but don't really fit in anywhere else!

#19 An attempt at macro- Pollen Beetle

A77, tamron 90mm, f9, 1/200


#20 Road Layer (just love fish-eye!)

A65, Samyang 8mm, f8, 1/20, iso 200


#21 Triangles. A short lived project of mine to find shapes, something I’ll have to return to.

A65, sony 16-50, f7.1, 1/50, iso 200


#22 Oxford Circus. Just to prove I do take photos of people occasionally.

A65, tokina 11-16, f5, 1/13, iso 400


I feel that I’m just getting started with my photography, with so much to learn. I still get that buzz when I’m heading out and I hope that never goes! I’m a firm believer in “the efforts yield their own rewards” and that’s what keeps me going.

Thanks for looking!
Simon
 



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Congrats on a fine set of photos - just a taste of what you have shown us here at Dyxum. Some I recognise, some I have not seen until now.

You are indeed a versatile and talented photographer!     I just love that pollen beetle photo. It's one of those "I wish I had taken that one" sort of photos. Then again, many pics in this set give me the same feeling.    Keep those horse race photos coming please! And maybe a few more landscapes, if you like
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Well done bigsi ! Keep'em coming !
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 June 2014 at 22:38
Wonderful series Simon, many I recognise though only some I knew to be your work. I have to agree that you live in a wonderful place, I am very jealous of the landscape on your doorstep! But that's not to take anything away from the wonderful talent you have for beautiful photography, 16 and 17 being perfect examples. Question is though, what comes after a 'One of us' appearance? Is there anything left to achieve?! Don't stop posting
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Congrats! I really enjoyed all your selections, and they certainly showcase your talent! Love your landscapes, but I am also especially partial to your sports shots. Fabulous.
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Congratulations, great photos! I would also say "a very versatile photographer" instead of "all over the place" ;-)
Well deserved. Keep on going like that!
 



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Congratulations
A very fine display of your talent
I recognize many of them, but it's a pleasure to see them again
The local landscape shots make me wanna go there again
I love #16

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Congratulations on a well deserved selection & for a terrific set of shots - keep up the good work !
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Congratulations, Bigsi!   
I recognize many of these and love them all, so it's hard to pick a favorite. Maybe #11, it is so dynamic and exciting!
I like that you are able to cover such a range of subject so well. Your love of the medium really shines through all these.
Thanks for being an inspiration,

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Very nice and Congratulations!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 June 2014 at 20:15
I'm extremely flattered by your kind comments everyone, much appreciated!
Of course I'll continue posting, this is an inspiring site and I'm always looking to improve, where better to do it?

You win or you learn....
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All the shots here makes me open up my eyes on the many subjects I need to explore!
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Such a fantastic and wide variety of pictures.

Truly inspiring.
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A great and varied set, and always nice to 'get to know' a photographer through this forum.
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