Hi, I'm Claire. I'm a Landscape Photographer based in mid Cornwall. Many moons ago I studied photography at college, but ended up on a different path. Throughout the years my passion for photography stayed with me, and in 2016 I decided it was time to pursue my dream.
I have a deep love of nature and the beautiful countryside and coastline that surrounds us in Cornwall. I also love history, and there's plenty of that here too! Most of my pictures are taken as I walk and explore places old and new. My ever so patient companion on these explorations is Billie Jean, the Tibetan Terrier, hence Billie's Walk.
My photography now is largely self taught, with many, many hours of trial and error! I strive to constantly improve my abilities as a photographer, as I firmly believe that learning never ends.
I hope you enjoy browsing through my work, and please feel free to contact me if you're after a particular place. I have many pictures not yet on the website that may just be what you're looking for.
I am very pleased to say that, as of 24 June 2021, I have been awarded the Licentiate Distinction of The Royal Photographic Society.
For those of you who are interested in the technical and processing side...
I use a Pentax K1, with a choice at this time of just two lenses: a 24-70 mm and a 70-200 mm. I have a macro lens on my wishlist, and if I can bear the weight a longer focal length one too! I do not use a flash gun, all the photos are naturally lit.
I am not a fan of over processed or composite images, so I try to make only the alterations that help the photo look like the actual scene did to my eyes. This often involves bringing light into the shadows, and turning it down for the highlights. I feel this makes the picture look more realistic, as these are the natural adjustments that our eyes make that a camera cannot. I also fine tune the colours and the overall light and haze levels, and of course remove small spots and blemishes, which can be anything from midges and distant birds to a speck of dust on the lens! What I do not do is create pictures. The sky in 100% of my photos is the original sky of that picture. The colours are true, unless I've turned it black and white or sepia!
What I do is capture and preserve moments in time that appeal to me, and hopefully will appeal to you too.