No more ex­cuses

Amateur Photographer - - Your Letters -

Tracy Calder’s Against All Odds ar­ti­cle (AP 30 June) could not have come at a bet­ter time. My cam­eras have been gath­er­ing dust re­cently, as I seem to be very good at find­ing rea­sons not to go out and shoot. Lots of things seem to get in the way, but none of them as bad as the chal­lenges Chris Now­ell, Paul Steven­son and Tesni Ward have had to face. Paul’s shot of waves break­ing on a light­house was par­tic­u­larly stun­ning, and Chris has shot some lovely images of the beau­ti­ful scenery where he lives, not let­ting his vis­ual im­pair­ment get in the way.

It’s made me de­cide that I’ve made enough ex­cuses, and it’s time to just get out there and create some beau­ti­ful images. I’m for­tu­nate enough to live near some spec­tac­u­lar land­scapes, and some won­der­fully at­mo­spheric ru­ins and aban­doned build­ings (my favourite sub­jects!) and at this time of year, it barely gets dark in Scot­land. So yes – next time the nag­ging voice of doubt strikes, I’ll be ready to ig­nore it and go out and shoot. It’s the per­fect way to lift my spir­its af­ter star­ing at spread­sheets in the of­fice all day, and if th­ese brave peo­ple can get out there when it’s eas­ier to give up and stay in the house, I’ve got no ex­cuse. Thanks for shar­ing th­ese great sto­ries and images – I hope I’ll have some good images to show off to you soon. Lee Os­borne Thanks, Lee. Don’t beat your­self up, as find­ing the mo­ti­va­tion to get out with your cam­era is not al­ways easy af­ter a long day at work or per­form­ing fam­ily du­ties, so we are glad Tracy’s fea­ture helped – Ge­off Har­ris, deputy ed­i­tor

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