Marine photography

2 – My approach to photography

When I was  a dentist, I took photographs all the time – mostly macro settings of small objects and areas. These were essential records of what I was seeing.

In my private life, my photographs have also been records – records of places, people and details. My family will tell you somewhat wearily, “He takes photographs of boats mostly!”

I have always assumed that my photographic aim was to record what’s around me in pursuit of personal and professional interests.  Photography was a means of outlining progress, something I did as an offshoot to the basic process of living and working – not a mainstream activity. Certainly my knowledge and skills were rudimentary.

P1040902a Now that I have finished the day-job and dropped the professional interest, I have been looking through the files, reflecting on this. My files are labelled by time and place, i.e. they are a record of my progress through life. Now I have begun to find different way of viewing them.

I have posted several black and white images recently. The ‘convert to black and white’ option in the edit screen loses the ‘colour’ and brings out the shapes within the image.

This works best when there is a sharp contrast between the light and dark areas – sunny days are good. I took the following from files of our visits to Crete.

Now I see these images from another viewpoint, they take on a new meaning – whether they are images of boats . . .

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or people – posing and doing . . .

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or architectural detail . .

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or atmosphere . . .


By linking the shapes a story will emerge. My aim, as in my previous post, is to create a framework with these images and for you to build your own story.


(Images by Bill Whateley)

3 thoughts on “Marine photography

  1. Wow great photos! Do you mind sharing on my latest blog post what type of camera you use? I want to start taking it up as a hobby as well 😊

  2. The camera is a Lumix DMC-TZ60 which I find very easy to use, especially as I take a lot of photographs one-handed – (the other hand is controlling the boat).
    I am happy for you to share the post.

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