Over the last few months I have not been out and about with my camera as much as usual, which has resulted in fewer blog posts sharing my discoveries. However, I have been busier than ever!
I have been quietly working behind the scenes over the cold winter days putting together a selection of my favourite photographs. I wanted a central website for all of these images and decided to set up an online gallery.
It is still early days, as it is taking me a long time to trawl through the thousands of images I have stored on my computer. So far, I have a gallery of birds and one of insects which I will continue to include more of my favourite images as I process them. I have also included a gallery for my recent bronze bar awarded images. Over the coming months I have plans to add flowers and abstract art, so watch this space!
If you would like to see some of my work the gallery can be viewed here.
This week the Society of International Nature and wildlife photographers announced the winners of their February competition. There were some truly amazing images entered, which is always an inspiration to me.
I am also really chuffed to have been awarded “Highly Commended” for two of the images I entered. They were “the ant and the aphid” and my favourite image of the moment “the bee”.
The SINWP is a society for amateur and professional photographers who specialise in capturing images of the natural world. My images along with the other highly commended photographs can be viewed here.
I am so excited! I have achieved the distinction of winning two Bronze Awards in the Guild of Professional Photographers Image of the Month competition, which typically attracts over 1000 entries each month!
The Guild of Photographers is a highly regarded national photographic body and its members are dedicated to enhancing their skills in the art, craft and profession of photography.
I have so chuffed to get these as I have been working so hard over the last couple of years to improve both my photography technique and my post processing knowledge. The images that received the award were of a robin and a bee.
Lesley Thirsk, a Director of the Guild said that she is “delighted that Sara Sadler has achieved this Award! The Guild has very demanding standards when judging photographic competitions. In fact, the judging is undertaken by a panel of internationally recognised experts from a variety of photographic backgrounds, so it is an achievement to be, quite rightly, proud of!”
The Guild website lists members throughout the country who offer this commitment, along with advice on how to choose a photographer that will meet your needs. You can find out more about them here – http://www.photoguild.co.uk
I have been invited to exhibit one of my photographs in a new art venue in Worthing, West Sussex.
During 2016 a local tourism initiative, “Visit Worthing” was looking for new photographs to promote Worthing and the surrounding area. They have now decided to exhibit some of the images that were submitted.
The exhibition will be held in Colonnade House Creative Hub, Warwick Street, Worthing. This building houses workshop spaces for artists as well as gallery space to display work.
Here is my photograph that will be going on display. It features Worthing Pier and was captured during 2016.
The exhibition will be open from 21st – 26th February.
Following on from my post last month, I am going to share a few more of my 2016 images. During these cold winter days I find it very difficult to get out and about with my camera, so I have been making the most of the cold short days, and reviewing my image from last year.
This month I have spent some time reviewing and editing some of my bird photographs. It is an interesting bunch of pictures, featuring some common birds, such as the Mallard duck. I have also managed to capture some at risk birds, thanks to my visits to the WWT who create habitats to house and protect rarer species. One example of a vulnerable species is this Swan Goose, a very elegant bird.
Now that we have well and truly arrived in 2017 I thought it was time to share some of my favourite images from 2016.
I am currently reviewing some of my images from last year, and editing those that I had overlooked. It was certainly had an active year of photography for me, taking nearly 7000 photographs, and as you can imagine it takes some time to go through them all and process them.
During the Christmas break I was able to start this process, so today I am sharing some of them with you. All these images have now been uploaded to my RedBubble shop and are available to buy in a wider range of products than ever before, including wall clocks, notebooks, cards, and canvas art.
Yesterday, I was very excited to find out that I won the Wex photographic 24 hour challenge competition this month!
This competition challenges photographers to capture 5 different themed photographs in a 24 hour period. The photographs have to capture a landscape, low light, macro, portrait and landmark.
I managed to capture each of these within on my family holiday to Prague and decided to submit them. I love a challenge when I’m taking photographs, so having to think about 5 different themes to include was great fun! Here are the pictures I submitted:
I found out yesterday that I had been selected as the winner, and this was posted on Instagram from Wex:
So as you can imagine I was very excited to win! This was particularly pleasing to read as I do not consider myself a landscape photographer.
I was even more excited when I got home today to discover my goodies had already been delivered. I feel the need to go out on a photo walk now so I get to test run my new bag and tripod! Thank you Wex for a fun competition (and of course my wonderful prize!)