In the last 11 years, after moving down to Devon, living on the outskirts of Dartmoor, I have spent a lot of my spare time mountain biking and road cycling. I have been biking for most of my life and, like many cyclists, I have had periods where it has taken a back seat, which is where my photography comes in.
I started photographing landscapes, fairly recently, in 2012, when I made a purchase of a full frame DSLR camera (Digital Single-Lens Reflex). My drive to take better images started here. I thought, like many, that getting a prosumer DSLR would make me a better photographer – it didn’t! I was determined to improve and get my images to the standard I had seen from fellow photographers – the quest (and addiction) had started.
I often look at photos I captured 6 months ago and find myself being quite critical at composition, focusing, technique and especially post processing. The temptation to over-process is one which I think many go through. Yes, I feel images should be vibrant and stand out, but not to a degree where they look unnatural.
Capturing nature in its rawness is what I am trying to attempt, and Dartmoor is one of the best places to do this. It can be an unforgiving place to shoot as the weather changes so rapidly but when Mother Nature is feeling generous, one of the best light and sometimes dramatic conditions, can be captured.
I have started writing for magazines, including David Noton, entering competitions and showcasing some of my work on forums and social media so I feel I am gaining experience in many aspects of photography. New for 2016, I have started offering half and one-day photographic workshops, for photographers wanting to develop their skills or those who want to explore moor of Dartmoor.
For more information, please visit: www.richardfoxphotography.com/workshops/
It is funny that my photography has gone full circle. I used to shoot with film using first my dad’s old Pentax Spotmatic and then my own ME Super but as my studies took hold the camera got buried. I spend most of my younger years studying science and then veterinary medicine to now emerge as a veterinary diagnostic histopathologist and cytologist. The two have been complimentary, as I am often consulted on taking images of my work, for publication and now have the knowledge of post processing to help me.