Billie's Walk is all about Billie Jean, the Tibetan Terrier. At least that's what she would have you believe! Billie and I like exploring, and have been since she came into our lives in 2013, sometimes with a teenager or three in tow. The photos on this site were almost all taken on our daily walks.
I am Claire Elliott, and many years ago I studied photography at college, but did no more with it. I worked, had children, and studied other things, but the love of photography stayed with me, and in the spring of 2016 I took some pictures that made me feel that it was time to do something about it. A tiny spark was ignited.
At the same time I was looking to rejoin the world of work. I've always been an outdoors person, and the thought of working inside again did not fill me with joy. I was out every day with little Billie, rediscovering old, and exploring new places. On walks I knew well, I was asked a few times where paths went, and how to get to that elusive somewhere, and I knew the answers. The spark became brighter, and the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea.
So these are our photos, Billie's and mine! They are about getting outside, and appreciating nature, history and life itself. They are our walks, with each picture showing a place or sight that you can and should explore for yourself. What's more with our Cornwall Walks greeting cards you get an A4 guide detailing an approximately one hour walk around where the picture on the card was taken. The insert is loose so you can gift the walk with the card or if the recipient lives too far away you can keep it for yourself, I won't tell! Whatever you do, get out there and even if you only walk a little way, it's a little way further than nowhere.
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 28-105 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!
I think I can safely say that I have forgotten far more than I ever learned about photography as a teenager, and so what I do now is just try to capture and preserve moments that appeal to me, and hopefully appeal to you too. I believe that learning never ends, and I look forward to wherever the next tangent takes me.