For some people picking up a camera and taking an excellent shot is the same as reading a book or driving a car, it comes naturally. They just know what to do and where to position themselves to take the perfect snap and record a memory. Sadly I am not amongst this elite, I am like so many out there who have to learn how to use a camera, that have to learn about light and positioning and rule of thirds because it doesn’t come naturally for me.
In my favour I do have a couple of plusses though. I know beauty. I know pretty and I know what makes me go wow so my mission over the years has been learning to put the two together. A long journey. An enjoyable one and sometimes a frustrating one when the resulting image was nothing like I wanted it to be and of course the journey isn’t over, in fact it’s never going to be over.
Recently I have signed up for a photography bootcamp and I am receiving daily videos to watch , daily prompts and homework because unless you pick up the camera and use it you won’t get any better. I am enjoying how it is encouraging me to take my photography one step further and I’m pleased with the results too.
This past weekend, my family and I were extremely lucky to be invited on a press trip to discover Catalanya and the Costa Brava. I used this weekend to put my first week’s course into practise. I took over 200 photos on my camera (and more on my phone) but I’m showcasing just a few of those, don’t panic! This is a photo heavy post but I really hope you enjoy it and get to feel the Costa Brava I experienced.
I’ll be writing in full soon about what we saw and did but in the meantime take a sneak preview.
The promenade at L’Estartit at 10 am
Kayaks stacked up and ready for use
We took a boat trip around the Iles des Medes, the sun was shining and the sea was calm. This is the only time in the whole year that people are allowed to land on the island and explore.
One thing that was very clear is the passion the Catalan people have for their region and their desire for independence from Spain. They would like a referendum like Scotland was recently granted but they don’t think Madrid will allow them. This makes them sad.
I spotted these behind the fish stall and loved the writing on them.
One sure sign you’re in a foreign country is the name tags on market stalls.
In the evening we were taken to a beautiful place called La Vinyeta for a cooking demonstration and meal. We were surrounded by beautiful sculptures, gorgeous landscapes and a bright setting sun which lit up the land magically.
There are plenty more snaps on my Instagram feed but I think this one is my favourite