Where did the last six months go?

11th June 2015

I have been very busy since my last update promoting my work, developing my skills and trying out some new kit. Below is a brief summary of what I’ve been up to together with reviews of equipment and achievements to date

New equipment
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens
Realising that in order to produce the wildlife images I was looking to capture, I was in need of a lens with greater reach than my current Canon 55-250mm lens could offer. For months I researched lenses around the 500mm mark and after much deliberation, decided to step away from the Sigma 150-500mm in favour of the Tamron. A present to myself for Christmas!
It’s been a steep learning curve to determine the sweet spots and how to get the best from the lens in varied conditions and lighting. I have been using the Tamron predominantly to capture birds and wildlife at a local nature reserve, but have been impressed with it’s abilities in a range of scenarios including capturing detailed pictures of the moon. I continue to learn and develop my skills with this lens, in particular capturing handheld images and will upload some of the images soon.

Hoya Polarising Filter
In preparation for a short break in the Lake District in Cumbria, England, the purchase of a polarising filter was made in the hope that some great views and good weather would be found. It took until the last day of the holiday for the clouds to break and out came the wide angle lens and new filter. I had not previously used a polarising filter with my equipment and was impressed with the contrast and deep blue colour of the sky. Even though it was a first outing for the filter and there is much practice to be done, it has taken my landscape images to the next level. I look forward to many more hours of polarising fun!

Featured Artwork
Over the last 6 months I have worked hard to promote my images in order to gain exposure, a step in the direction of making this more than just a hobby. The most significant of these features being a front page feature of Beach Huts on photography contest website Viewbug along with The Scavenger, a black and white portrait of a vulture that is currently displayed on the front page of art website FineArtAmerica

Competition Finalist
The Lonely Barn, a picture of a Barn taken at the foot of Scawfell Pike in the Lake District, was a finalist in the Cabins and Huts Photo Contest

Upcoming events/ventures
A number of my images are set to brighten the corridors in our local hospital. This is something I am really excited about! Hopefully my pictures will provide a little hope and smile to those in need of a ‘pick me up’

I have also been developing my pictures in words concept with a number of my stock photos. I have also been focussing on pet portraits for use in this concept, having produced a number of prototypes for friends in order to determine how best to produce these works. I will be uploading more of this images soon as well as letting you know how to purchase your favourites or commission your own.

Sales
Having spent a lot of time promoting myself and my images through Fine Art America, I am just beginning to be rewarded for my investment in time. The sales have ranged from greetings cards to large prints and have included mobile phone covers also. The photographs sold have largely been of wildlife images with the most popular being ‘The Scavenger.’

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about Chris Whittle Photography’s progress in the last six months and will return to see what the coming months have in store!

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