In this photographic portfolio I hope to demonstrate a variety of my photographic and editing techniques skills. The reason I decided to conduct a photographic portfolio with the topic of wildlife and landscape photography is because I have a passion for this type of photography and would love to do this as a career in the future. The portfolio consists of 40 images displaying a variety of wildlife and landscape images. I have also included some images that have been published or are going to be published in National or International magazines. Undertaking this project has allowed me to progress with my photography and editing skills, which I will take to university this coming September, where I will be studying Marine and Natural History Photography.
I really enjoyed taking this photograph. In order for me to get a clear shot I had to stand on a bench to get a shot over the fence. I love the framing of the image, allowing an intimate look on the fox.
After I took this photograph I was lucky
enough for it to be chosen as photograph of the month for BBC Countryfile Magazine May 2022.
I really wanted this photograph to be beneficial to the British Wildlife Centre so sent them the image to put on their social media sites to advertise the centre.
It was an absolute pleasure photographing these puffins, on The Farne Islands.
They have such a personable temperament and will remain one of my wildlife photography moments.
Whilst out photographing on The Farne Islands, photographing the Puffins and the European Shag a species of cormorant
I used the technique of a fast shutter speed as they were continuously moving around so this was the only way I was going to get a clear picture.
I also manually moved my auto focus point to where the bird was sitting, this then enabled me to blur out the background making the subject pop out.
Whilst out on the islands I also took some landscape photographs, it was incredible to see the prehistoric landscape of the islands and to see where centuries of birds have come to the island to nest.
Free range chicken
I took this photograph whilst out on a walk in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. I am really pleased with the look of the image. I took this photograph at a low angle giving the allusion of the chicken being bigger than really it is.
With the trees in the background as a frame and the chicken posing for me it really makes a memorable image.
I entered this photograph into The 2022" Pink Lady, Student Food Photographer of the Year supported by the Royal Photographic Society." I was lucky enough to come 2nd in this category of the competition. This photograph will be displayed in the gallery of "The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol." I have also been asked to write an article for The Better Photography Magazine for their June issue, it is the leading photographic magazine for India and South Asia for over 26 years (see article submission below). I was so pleased when I found this out as I really want share my images with as wide of an audience as possible.
Pink lady Food Photographer of the year winners images website screenshot
Article for the Better Photography Magazine
For me photography is trying to tell a story, I always want to try to achieve something different in my images to capture a new angle on life. Like many artists, photography for me is a way of expressing myself, being able to use photography to tell a prominent story is something I feel is really important. My normal subject of photography is wildlife photography, although you have probably gathered that from the image that I have taken. For me wildlife photography allows me to give nature a voice in an ever-increasing human population we are pushing wildlife aside for our own industrial food production. In the long run especially in small rural communities across the world with the lack of nature and biodiversity these communities will be the ones who will have the most devastating impact.
I captured this chicken whilst in rural Hertfordshire on a walk, whilst lying on the ground. I really liked the composition of the image, the low angle framing and how the trees in the background draw you into the main subject. I felt it was something a bit different and almost like the Chicken was posing for me!
When I entered this competition, I really wasn’t sure how my photograph would be received as I don’t really see myself as a food photographer and the photograph is not the traditional entry for a competition like this. Unintentionally, around this time of entering the competition currently in the UK we have a bird flu outbreak, meaning that commercial chickens that are normally free range must have their eggs classed as “Barn eggs” due to the length of time they have been kept inside.
I feel that calling my image “Free Range Chicken” tells an important story of what is currently going on in the Poultry industry in the UK and I hope that my photograph is a picture for the future where we can allow our chickens can be Free Range again.