Note about the title: I always like puns and wordplay and this was the best I could think of. This is not an endorsement of Train, Patrick Monahan or his bizarre choice of song lyrics.
I’ve always believed in the importance of projects for a photographer. They give you something to work for and challenge you in ways that allow you to grow both in your creativity and technical aptitude.
I’ve set myself 2 major projects for the next year, both based on particular specialities I’ve dabbled with over the years but I’m looking to take to the next level. I’ll be updating the blog with progress photos, behind the scenes tips and answers to questions raised by my audience.
Deep Sky Astrophotography
I’ve been interested in astrophotography for years, to the extent I’ve run many courses and lectures on the subject, however my interest has always been limited by a lack of access to the essential equipment for deep sky photography: a telescope. After doing some research (with thanks to the Glasgow Astronomical Society) I was able to acquire a basic telescope capable of astrophotography.
Basic is perhaps the right word, as the telescope has none of the electronic tools designed to make modern astronomy easy, which means I’m learning astronomy the same way I learned photography: having to learn the theory before I can make it work.
Water Droplet Macro Photography
This is another thing I’ve dabbled in many a time, getting some pretty decent results out of fairly low tech equipment. However I was never able to achieve the one thing I wanted: consistency. So another reckless purchase of a water droplet kit and I’m ready to begin my journey in to this niche area.