Hello all, my name is Colin Butterworth. I live in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia with my lovely wife, Kim and our beautiful son, Owen. As you may have noticed I’m into photography, and more recently, card design and crafting. The card design and crafting has taken a back seat for a year now. I might take it up again in the future, but for now I leave that to my talented wife.
I got started in photography as a youngster because my grandfather loved taking photos. He gave me his old SLR and I took some classes to learn how to use it. I stuck at it through school but didn’t go on with it after I left. More than a decade after leaving school, I finally picked up a camera again. In 2005 some old friends came to Tasmania with their digital cameras. After seeing them, I decided to get back into photography, so I got my first digital camera and haven’t looked back since. I think the ability to shoot multiple images, and see the results virtually instantly, has helped me improve over the years.
In late 2007 I finally upgraded to a DSLR in an effort to improve my images. Each time I go out to shoot I try to improve. Most of my images have been taken around the beautiful state of Tasmania, Australia. But I have been lucky enough to visit some spectacular locations with my wife on our honeymoon. During that trip I went off my photography nut and took thousands of photos. Between the two of us we took almost sixteen thousand images. In time I hope to share a lot of those photos with the world on this blog.
I got into card design when I met my wife. Her passion for stamping and crafting was infectious. So one night before valentines day we both sat down and created cards for each other. The fact that I have a background in design through my job in a printery certainly helped me. I have created the odd card here and there since then.
I also play golf when I get the chance, but finding time for that these days is difficult. I use to play every week. Now I am a semi-retired golfer who plays 2-3 times a year. I sometimes miss getting out and having a hit, but my life isn't suffering from the lack of golf.
If you have enjoyed looking at my blog, perhaps you would also like to look at my website. Or you might like to have a look at the blog of my lovely wife at Wet Chook Productions
If you have every tried to photograph a child moving you will know it isn’t easy. They are constantly moving and doing something. On this occasion we were in the park and my son was running back up to the top of a slide. I was trying to capture it all and thought the steps were an interesting backdrop. It was in the shadows so I was forced to have a slow shutter speed anyway and this is what I managed to capture. It certainly shows his movement.
When ever my son sees this image on the computer he says “They are my shoes” (he is three years old).
I have posted this image before. Since then it has had some minor tweaking. I caught this shot of my wife on top of the Rock in New York. She was tired and cranky and quite over all the walking we had been doing. When I turned around and saw her like this I had to take a photo, but I was taking my life into my own hands when I did, you don’t want to poke the bear when she is angry.
I really like the way she wasn’t looking at the view, but rather sitting there looking sad and alone. It was nicely juxtaposed (A good artsy word there) by the couple on the left who were looking at the view and by chance were holding another M&M bag.
My wife knew I was taking the shot, but thankfully didn’t kill me for it.
The April issue of the Drum is up on the club website.
There are articles on March club meeting, the Bridport excursion, the Centenary Trophy, and TPF AGM programme. Plus we have the winners from the February “Monochrome” competition and results of the second Facebook competition.
This was something different for me. I was waiting for my wife to finish work so I started walking around her office building and found this random bin with some nice light. The texture of the wall behind it was also very interesting to me. I have no idea why the bin was there, but I was just seeing the light and shooting.
Last month I entered this image “Bin It” into the Open small print category of my local camera club (Northern Tasmanian Camera Club). It didn’t go well because the judges couldn’t figure out what it was about. That is fine, it is a viewers prerogative to judge the image they are looking at and in this case it didn’t speak to them. One of the judges asked me what I was shooting here and my first response was “the light”. That is a basic answer to that question so I want to elaborate on that a little.
The light was the first thing I saw. Next was the rough and patchy bricks, the pattern of the mortar and the different colours in the brick work. Add the smooth and slightly shiny plastic of the rubbish bin, I really liked the way that contrasted against wall. I could use the “artsy” word juxtaposition, but that really isn’t my style. To add to the scene there was also the debris on the ground which gave me another texture and the discarded starter which obviously was meant for the bin but failed to make into it. Plus there was some greenery poking through which added a small splash of colour.
So those are the things that drew me to the image, but why shoot it in the first place? I wanted to photograph this because it was there and so was I. It is mundane and ordinary, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a good photograph. Would I like to be photographing something more interesting? Hell yes, but there wasn’t anything overly interesting to shoot at the time.
These days I shoot just about anything that gets in front of my camera. I don’t have the time to wait for something better to come along because it probably won’t happen. If I see something I like I shoot it. If I see something that is boring I will probably still shoot it. I shoot the boring because there must have been something there in the first place that made me look at it. I want to stay open to any possible image and this is a result of doing just that.
I took this image in 2007 and then did nothing with it. Last month I was searching through my back catalog of images and came across this shot so I finally processed it. It was processed with Silver Efex Pro and then I did some final processing in Lightroom. I am glad that I never actually processed this image when I took it because I never would have made it look like this back then. My taste and processing has changed considerably over the last 8 years and I am glad it has.
The March issue of the Drum is up on the club website.
There are articles on Lightroom, the “lots of” evening, the exhibition opening, and Photography – a love story. Plus we have the winners from the January “lots of” competition and results of the first Facebook competition.