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I have always had a camera in my hand since about the age of ten years old after getting one for Christmas in the early 1970s. I've taken countless snaps of my life and that of my family over the years. I treasure all of those fading printed images that came through the post in the 1970s to 1990s. Awaiting the arrival of a film being developed, and seeing photographs I had taken, was exciting.
Sometimes I was upset when an anticipated picture turned out blurry and out of focus. My biggest disappointment was when Queen Elizabeth II visited my town as part of her Siver Jubilee celebrations in 1977. Imagine my horror when my prints arrived on the doormat and I found a wonderful picture of the queen had been ruined by my mother waving frantically as the monarch passed by in the royal car. There was no image of the queen, only my mother's hand!
For many years I thought about learning how to take photographs 'properly' with a decent camera but life got in the way and up until my late forties I never seemed to find the time. Having moved to the northern Highlands I felt a desperate urge to capture the stunning scenery and gems of nature that surrounded me.
I decided to buy a little secondhand DSLR camera which came with a kit lens and a little camera bag. For Christmas that year my husband surprised me with some private lessons from a photography student. I turned up for the first lesson with my Ebay bargain and I can only imagine what thoughts must have gone through his head at looking at my camera! Yet his enthusiasm for photography was amazing and my long-held passion was well and truly ignited.
So after a good few years of practice, and several DSLR cameras later, I finally have time to devote to my love affair with my camera. I spend time finding and capturing the beauty of Nature's Gems, whether it is a starry night sky, raindrops on a rose petal or a precious memory of the joy of childhood.
'It always seems impossible until it's done.'
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