Dawn Cot­terell

Takes ad­van­tage of the nat­u­ral beauty of Dorset sur­round­ing her…

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I’ve owned a com­pact cam­era since my early teens, but it wasn’t un­til about two years ago that I se­ri­ously con­sid­ered get­ting my first D-SLR. Last Au­gust I took the plunge and brought the Nikon D3300 [1] with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II kit lens [2], a per­fect en­trylevel D-SLR thanks to the Guide func­tion. Due to the nu­mer­ous photography mag­a­zines and books I’ve read, I feel more con­fi­dent and am ready to progress up to a D610, which I am cur­rently sav­ing for.

I re­ally en­joy macro photography, es­pe­cially flow­ers. I love the sim­plic­ity and de­tail that can be cap­tured to cre­ate stunning pho­to­graphs. I am cur­rently us­ing a Nikon AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8G Macro [3]. I also have a Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR [4] to cap­ture pets and wildlife, and living close to the New For­est Na­tional Park pro­vides me with many pho­to­graphic op­por­tu­ni­ties through­out the year.

Re­cently I at­tended a Bird of Prey photography work­shop with Cap­tive Light. Hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to be up close with the birds was truly amaz­ing. As with pho­tograph­ing any an­i­mal the chal­lenge is press­ing the shut­ter re­lease at the right time to cap­ture any move­ment or, in the case of birds, flap­ping of the wings. I learnt how to use my his­togram to en­sure my pho­tos were ex­posed cor­rectly, so that I could change my set­tings to achieve the best re­sults.

This year I’m hop­ing to de­velop my un­der­stand­ing of por­trait photography, both hu­man and pet.

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