What I think about when taking pictures

Sail Boat at Morston Quay

Photography is such a personal thing.  We all have our own view on what makes a good or bad picture, we all have a unique perspective on the world around us.  So when I go out to take photographs, it's my interpretation of the world I see. When I publish or print those images, it's like offering a window into my own world.  


Someone else will view exactly the same scenery or person, or object and create a completely different image.


Sometimes I alter the image to a more artistic interpretation of what I've seen.  I love technology and all that it has to offer and I believe it is there to be used.  Not always, sometimes nature is so perfect it doesn't warrant adjustment but on other occasions I want to bend the image to my own desire of what I'd like it to show or represent.


So what do I think about when I go out to take photographs?

Well it depends.  Sometimes I go out to take photographs purely for my own pleasure.  The thing I like best is photographing people so street photography holds a particular fascination for me.  Look up @ZingleEye on instagram, this is the only place I publish my street photography.

On the rare occasions I don't have my Canon or Lumix with me, I simply use my camera phone if I see a street scene I can't resist.  I don't particularly care about the sharpness or the resolution, I just want to get that singular moment in time, that expression, stance or atmosphere and freeze it, hug it to myself and share it with the world.

People are always fascinating.


Everytime I get in the car to drive somewhere, my eyes I have to confess, are not purely on the road.

The most annoying thing to me and I'm sure to many photographers is when you spot a perfect treescape or an abandoned building or interesting vista and you are on a dual carriageway or road where it is pretty much impossible to stop safely.

For some time now I've been passing an abandoned derelict farmhouse with the roof rafters exposed, the bricks crumbling and the weeds growing through it.  It's visible from a dual carriage way and it is impossible to get the same view of it via any other road.  I've tried to find how to reach it but the roads around it are impassable.  It frustrates the hell out of me as I pass it almost everyday and look at it longingly.

It's the one that got away.  I enjoy looking at it anyway and fantasising about how it would look if I could capture it.


Aside from the abandoned farmhouse, I often get the same problem with trees.  My eyes rove the countryside continuously as I drive, looking out for trees that have interesting shapes, are situated in eye catching landscapes, have twisted branches, weird shape trunks or have the simplicity to make for attractive wall art.  In truth, apart from reflections in water, trees are my overall obsession.


Having said that, take me to the coast and then seascapes, crashing waves, the intricate shapes sea foam make, all this has me transfixed.  You will find me on my belly in the sand, nearly getting drowned by the tide, trying to capture the perfect splash.


After a day by the sea, I will tell you that all I want to ever do, is photograph the sea!


Norfolk is well known for its big skies.


There is a good reason I often suffer with a stiff neck.  Yep, those massive Norfolk skies create compelling and quite frankly awesome backdrop to the stunning scenery.

Cloud reflections on a calm sea at Wells-next-the-Sea are something I love to photograph on a regular basis.  It's particularly addictive as the cloudscape changes with every second and therefore creates the possibility of multiple stunning images as each moment passes.  


So what do I think about when I go out to take photographs?

I try not to think.  I try not to have expectations or plans because you can guarantee that if you go out to photograph one particular subject, you are bound to find something completely different that distracts you.  And I am easily distracted.


What should you think when you go out to take photographs?

That's not for me to tell you perhaps, but I would say, keep an open mind.  You never know what might capture your imagination.  Don't set yourself too rigid rules, the world is there to be explored.