Capturing light and land
Tracey Whitefoot quit her job to pursue her passion full-time, and today she runs a thriving freelance photography business
I’ve been interested in photography since I was young, but it wasn’t until I quit my sales job in 2006 that I took it up fulltime. It’s been hard work, and a very steep learning curve, but I’ve built up a thriving business as a commercial freelance photographer in Nottinghamshire, in the UK.
In 2010, once the pressures of launching my own business had eased off slightly, I started to take landscape photography seriously. Until then I had been shooting on an Olympus, but I decided to take the plunge and change systems. I did a lot of research and went with Nikon, because the cameras felt more rugged, and I thought they would suit both sides of my photography work. Many of the people I was inspired by at the time also seemed to own Nikon kit. It’s a decision I’ve never regretted, and I can’t imagine not shooting with a Nikon camera now.
It’s fair to say that photography in all forms is a massive part of my life, and wherever I go my camera is never far away. I love capturing special moments of light and sharing them through Flickr, Facebook and Twitter.
Beyond the technical
For me photography is more of an emotional journey than a technical one, although I have also had to go on a technical journey to achieve the results
I’ve always been particularly drawn to sunrise photography, as I love that feeling of having the world to myself
I wanted. I’ve always been particularly drawn to sunrise photography , as I love that feeling of having the world to myself as I witness the start of a new day. Friends say I jump up and down like a big kid when the moment is right, and that’s a fair description, as that’s how landscape photography makes me feel!
I get as much satisfaction from places on my doorstep as I do locations on the other side of the world. I believe that as long as the conditions, lighting and atmosphere are right, you can take a good landscape image anywhere. A lot of my earlier landscape work was captured within 10 miles of my home.
I don’t think anyone can ever say that they know everything in photography, and I find that my work is constantly evolving, and that’s the way it should be. Over the last couple of years I’ve been increasingly interested in capturing the extremes of winter weather, and have had very successful trips to Iceland and Norway. I’d always wanted to see and capture the aurora borealis, and am happy to say that last year I got the chance, on a trip to Norway. Amazingly, I saw the northern lights every single night during my weeklong trip; it was an amazing experience in every respect, and although they’re challenging to capture, it’s something that I would urge any photographer to try – with the right research and experimentation beforehand.
Moving forward in my own photographic journey, I would like to do more aerial photography, as the way that the landscape looks from the air has always fascinated me. To this end I have booked a bespoke ‘doors-off’ helicopter flight in New York later this month. I have also planned winter trips to Glencoe and Skye, and a motorhome trip around the north coast of Scotland in April. I look forward to whatever these trips have to offer.
01 tea in the clou ds Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, 1/200 sec, f/9, ISO200
05 Eilean Donan Dawn
Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, 30 secs, f/4, ISO400
04 eilean donan sunset
Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, 1/40 sec, f/13, ISO200
03 reflections Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, 1/500 sec, f/6.3, ISO500
02 morning light Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, 1/500 sec, f/9, ISO250