DAY 3033


A Blog About Becoming A Professional Photographer...Again

The Times I Wish I Had A Camera With Me


Another Thursday, another #TBT post this week and it's got to be a quick one. I'm swamped with work unfortunately but I still wanted to give you dear friendly reader something interesting to look at. 

Get On With It

Anyway this week I'm showcasing a small selection of shots all from a time I didn't have my professional camera with me. These where all shot on my current camera phone, One Plus 2 for reference.

Looking at these shots really make me wish I had my professional Canon camera to shoot because the detail I would of been able to capture would of been phenomenal. Hindsight is 20/20 as they say, these shots are still amazing if you don't mind me tooting my own horn. 

If you're viewing this post on desktop and they're a little degraded, sadly they're just not big files to begin with. I would suggest view on mobile to get the gravitas of the photos. 


That's It For This Thursday

All the above images are clickable so you can see them larger. The photos were shot over the last nine months or so whilst going about my day. I won't be giving any more context because that's not the point of this post. Sit back, take a break from your day and stay in the images for a few minutes. One thing I will say is you would never guess I really like clouds and the skyline right? If you're a photographer and you've been in the same position as myself, I implore you try and remember your camera on the daily. I know I won't but I can always keep trying. Just a little note I plan to have more posts like this in the future so let me know if you liked this kind of post. 


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#TBT Old Steam Train Journey


On Thursdays We Reminisce

The first #TBT (Throwback Thursday) post is a little train journey on an old steam train I took back in the summer while in Cornwall. I'll be posting these throwback posts most Thursdays, just when I'm going through my archive and I find something worthy of your attention. 

The Trip

It was our first full day in Cornwall, super warm and my other half really wanted to go on an old steam train as there's a lot of them in the area. We just made it to the station in time which was about 45 minutes away from where we were staying. The train embarked a few minutes after we got our tickets and found seats otherwise we were going to have to wait for an hour and a half. The station itself was just for the old rail  and was kept in a timely fashion to mirror the steam train. 

The train went back and forth on two different lines and it took about 2 hours in total. It was a pretty slow ride. We had a feeling that because of the hot summer's day that the poor man, who was of a certain age, was just too burnt out of his old-timey train conductor uniform in the engine room beside the firebox. 


The Edit

I wasn't interested in the train itself but the interior and sitting out looking at the scenery pass by was definitely intriguing. For the post production I wanted these shots to resemble an older era of photography so they can really emote the experience of being on a steam train.

I firstly tried the photos in black and white but they weren't striking enough and a lot of my photography is monochromatic so I wanted to challenge myself more. The most logical choice was sepia next but before I did anything I knew sepia wouldn't be the right choice either. I find sepia images fall flat and sometimes tacky. Unless you meticulously edit the image so the tones are one hundred percent authentic looking but still everything inside the frame needs to look one hundred percent authentic too. These photos were not authentic enough. I don't like sepia enough. 

I had a thought, that day on the train was so warm and sunny so I decided to work with that. I warmed up the shots, raised the clarity to have more edge, brought the highlights down more than needed, that didn't work for all the shots though. I was shooting with a shallow depth of field because I wanted to imitate the softer focus of an old film camera. I wouldn't recommend this, in hindsight it would of been easier to shoot sharp and blur aspects in post production, with the movement of the train I didn't always get the focus I was after.

After a few more tweaks with curves saturation and the like the results were photos with beautiful golden and deep tones, something reminiscent of an photographs from the era of the steam train, which definitely portrays the experience I had. They emote this quiet and gentle indexing of the interior and the landscape outside.


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So This is Day 01...Kinda
This is going to be difficult isn’t it? I don’t know where to start! Well I do but I don’t know what’s more important…There’s so much I never thought about doing or rather having to do..What do you mean I’m more of a businessman than a photographer?! I want to take photos, I want to take photos and get paid for it…at least sometimes!
— Me, early 2017

I'm David

I guess I need to start to put the above garbled message into more context for you, dear friendly reader. I am a creative person, I’m visual, I think rather logically, I'm a perfectionist to a fault sometimes (dramatic much) and I’m a self-proclaimed good dancer.

I've decided to go out on a limb at something my teenage-turn-young adult brain couldn’t really handle 7 years ago and be a professional photographer or at least try to be again. I need to follow my passion. 


Backstory Time

I’m currently 27 years old (my other half has to remind me of that quite often). I’ve a BA degree in Photography and a Diploma in Digital Marketing. The course I went to wasn't for me or rather I was far too young to do anything real with the course while I was there.

What's changed? Me! I'm older and wiser and it sounds a little cliche but it's honestly true. In five years from when I graduated the course the things I've learned from my time in college with all the other life lessons has made me very ambitious and clever. Clever enough to make this work for real. 


The Blog Title

You might be wondering where my blog title came from? Well it's simple. I thought about the fact that I went to college, called myself a photographer and got jobs for a while and then the work dried up a bit and I made the decision to get a more stable job instead. Well the title comes from my first day in college (roughly) to today, the day this blog and in turn this site get's published.  


See You Soon

That's that, the first post of this here blog. I hope you stick around because I would love to share this journey with you along with regular posts of my photography of course. Check back Thursday 26th October for a #TBT photography post and don't forget to follow me on Facebook and Instagram to be notified when I post. 


For now you get a selfie!