Photography is one of my hobbies and it is something that I would continue to pursue even if it were not a part of my current profession as a freelance writer and journalist. Indeed, many of the pictures I take are “for fun” and for the sake of experimentation (and enjoyment). The photo above, for instance, comes from a rather interesting picnic table in Byron Bay, Australia. Instead of just taking a straight-on photo of the graphic, I went for a more obtuse angle. I also applied a pinhole filter and dialed up the saturation. The net result, I think, is more intriguing than a more standard photo of the same object.
To some people, “PhotoShop” is a dirty word. I don’t think it is, so long as you’re not really misrepresenting your subject. I don’t “adjust” or “correct” all of my photos, to be sure, but I do try to have fun with it. Most of my photos of Australian wild animals weren’t so dramatically altered, since I wanted the subjects to speak for themselves.
In any case, here are a few highlights from my Flickr photostream from the last couple of months. I’m always open to feedback, since I’m always open to learning and evolving!