Where to from here?

About me, Inspirational Quotes, Photographic Passion

Over the past few months I have been absorbed in my efforts to improve my photography and I’m almost done with my Advanced Diploma in Photography.  Focusing on self improvement can be very time consuming, to the extent where socializing with family in friends takes a back seat.

For me its is a worthwhile pursuit and I trust I will be able to tell and share better stories around the table or over a few pints of beer. Photography allows you the opportunity to have a very different perspective of everyday life.

I constantly question myself, what am I going to do with the new improved skill, knowledge and the hundreds of photographs I have taken?

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Voila!, in trying to respond to this nagging question, it came to me that I should avail my work to the world  to appreciate and the rest will take care of itself.

Recognition of my work is more important than the money to be made by marketing and selling it. By getting people to buy prints of my work, even at a marginal cost, is an indication that it is being appreciated and valued. 

In looking for avenues just to get my work out there, I started entering photography contests, presenting my work to galleries and I was pleasantly surprised by the results, although I have only been at this for a month or two.

Below is a snapshot of the exposure I have been receiving on a very reputable online photo platform,  500px.com, since I have joined in early March 2018:

  • Number of photos in my portfolio = 65
  • Number of Likes (Affections) = 4203
  • Number views = 24,726
  • Number of fellow members / photographers following my Portfolio = 163

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I’m also presenting my work on various platforms such as:

(click on URL’s above to visit my portfolios)

Super Proud !!

Earlier this week I received an email that had me over the moon, informing me that one of my photos have been selected to be part of an Landscape Photo Exhibition at a Gallery in Athens, Greece from the 1st to 14th June 2018.  Below is the photo selected by the curators to be exhibited.

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I have also started processing my photos into photo art and the objective is to market them to a Worldwide audience. The very first website that I found to be excellent in terms of functionality in presenting artists / photographers’ work and products  is FineArtAmerica.com (click on the link to get a taste of what my Worldwide store will be like).

The shipping costs from the US makes the above online store an unattractive option for potential South African buyers.  I’m currently exploring opportunities on how I could use local printing capabilities to avail my work at more reasonable cost to those who are interested in getting Canvas and/or Framed Prints of my work. To stay updated please ensure you follow my blog.

I will strongly recommend to anyone who is passionate about a past time, vocation or any hobby they wish to pursuit, to do it with passion and determination. Be sure what it is you wish to achieve in this pursuit and constantly “sharpen your saw” to ensure your satisfaction and the attainment of the results you wish for yourself.

It would be very interesting to get comments from other novice and experienced photographers on how they best use their hobby and skills for personal enrichment and fulfilment.  Please feel free to leave your comments below.

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Next Blog:   My Photographic Trip to Golden Gate National Park, Clarens & Lesotho, The Mountain Kingdom.

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Panorama Route, South Africa

Aerial Photography, Photographic Passion, Travel

Over the recent Easter weekend I decided to travel to one of South Africa’s most scenic regions known as the Lowveld in Mpumalanga Province.  To get the best out of this experience I decided to travel the Panorama Route.

The purpose of my outing was primarily to explore the best possible photographic opportunities and sharpening my landscape photographic skills.

The following capture is a single photo taken from the most popular viewpoint along the Blyde River Canyon.

 

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The photograph below is a panoramic picture consisting 5 different photos that was post-processed in Adobe Lightroom. This photo is also currently trending as my most liked picture in my gallery on 500px.com

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A few of the many other interesting landmarks and natural attractions along this route can be viewed below:

Bourke’s Luck Potholes

 

The Gorge, Graskop

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Berlin Waterfalls

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Lisbon Waterfalls

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Pelgrim’s Rest, an old Gold Mining Town.

 

To view some of my other work please feel free to visit my website at www.Rayza.Photography

#RayZa_Photography

 

Photo Challenge : Out of this World

Photographic Passion

I have been travelling alongside this rail line for many years and always just had a perspective from the road.

During last week I was desperately looking for an opportunity to put my learning from my photo diploma course to practice. This prompted me to stop and take a photo out of this world from a very personal perspective. A point of view I have missed for so many years.

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In keeping with this idea I constantly look for different points of view to create a new perspective of landmarks I past by regularly.

The following two photos try to explain this practice. I’m always eager to see what the outcome would be like. I really was amazed by looking at the second photo on its own. I guess it will leave someone who does not have the full context with lots of questions as to what this really is. I enjoy doing this as I learn a lot from the final products.

Just love Photography!

p.s:  The first photo is not a great example of good photographic technique, but I want to get my message across.

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#weekly photo challenge

Putting my work out there!

About me, Photographic Passion

I have been trying a number of photographic online platforms.

The past two days I have been working on my latest creation on 500x.com and I’m starting to like it.

The immediate feedback really got me hooked. Any photographers using this platform please advise whether it is worth it over the longer run. I’m also keen to sell some of my work online. Please feel free leave comments below.

Please also check out my portfolio at 500px.com/rayzaphoto

Thanks.