When did you last have some ‘Me’ time???

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: May 20, 2011

Category: General

So when did you last have some ‘me’ time? … time when you’ve made a point of getting away from the hussle and bussle and gone out with your camera with no agenda, no deadline and just captured whatever ‘catches’ your eye?

Last weekend I found myself down in Sunny Devon photographing a beautiful country house complete with thatched roof, wooden beamed ceilings and gorgeous gardens; the photos are to be used by the clients to pass on to location scouting agents with a view to it being used in TV and Film work. So, Saturday was spent photographing interior and exterior shots but rather than make the 3 hour drive back home once I’d finished I decided to make a weekend of it and stay over to the Sunday..

I arranged to meet up with a friend of mine, Scot Baston, in Lyme Regis…one of my favourite locations and go on a mini Photo Walk, and that’s exactly what we did; walked, talked and armed with one camera and one lens (most of the time) took photographs of anything and everything.

I did this a couple of times last year down in Brighton [Link] and Bournemouth [Link] and got so much out of it. I didn’t intend to leave it so long before getting out and doing this again but we can get so busy being busy that time passes by at an alarming speed and before you know it another month, another 2 months and more have gone.

Anyway both Scot and I went out with the view that if we didn’t get anything worthwhile it didn’t matter; just getting out with the camera in the fresh air and with no agenda was what it was all about.

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No tripod needed here…
The first two images in this post are HDR (High Dynamic Range). Now, normally you’d think to photograph HDR images using a tripod but thanks to the HDR function within Photoshop CS5 all three ‘hand held’ exposures can be aligned, blended together and edited pretty seamlessly; great news if you’re on a Photowalk as this means less to carry 🙂

Again, no real purpose here and not what I normally do but just playing:

Back at the computer continuing the ‘playing’ theme with textures in Photoshop can be real fun and produce some interesting results. The picture above for example couldn’t have been easier; the original image open in photoshop with an old paper texture layer above with it’s blend mode set to Overlay.

A few more shots of ‘stuff’ that just caught my eye…

I guess what I’m getting at here is this…Make time to get away from it all and just shoot whatever ‘catches’ your eye. There’s something incredibly uplifting and energising about walking around in the fresh air, hanging out with folks with the same interests and taking photos without any pressure of working to a brief or time constraints.

So why not put a date in your diary right now and commit to some ‘me‘ time; you’ll be amazed at the benefits!

As always if you have any questions or comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below but out of interest when did you last go out on a Photo Walk and just photograph whatever caught your eye? When was the last time you just played around in Photoshop as opposed to working on client images?

One last thing…
I thought I’d leave you with a photograph of Scot. This shot was taken during the last ‘tester’ for my new workshop [Link] when Scot foolishly kindly agreed to step in whist I was setting up and testing the lighting…had to be done 🙂

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  1. AlexFrame

    Oh Yeah) I do something similar on my bike rides)

    Deffinetly Calvin Hollywood is your good friend)
    You have a lot of similar in seeing things.

    Glyn, i do not want you to be mad on me, but just 1 small little note i want to say. You are going too much on retouching and this contrast,sharpening. Try to reduce a little bit of this. Tastes differ but good pictures do not need much. It’s just my point of view.
    Tastes differ)

  2. Ken Anderson

    Love the pics. Especially the beach with the overlay. As always, inspiring!

    • Glyn

      Thanks for that Ken; not normally what I’d do but no harm in getting out and just shooting…certainly helps to ‘clear’ the head 🙂

      Cheers for stopping by,
      All the best to you,

  3. CallumW

    I’m not sure you can call it ‘me time’ if photography is your business?

    It’s more like training the eye, personal work, collecting stock, testing equipment … in all cases a ‘busmans holiday’ 😉


    • Glyn

      @Callum…Yeah I guess but when I’m near the sea…it’s always relaxing:)

    • Glyn

      @Tim…Spooky huh 🙂 Great shot BTW and love the editing.


  4. Tim Skipper

    I just came from a shoot that was just for fun. I was feeling a little burned out so I grabbed a model and experimented. No pressure to get it right just the experience of trying something new.

    • Glyn

      @Tim…Liking the sound of that; no pressure, no agenda just shooting…love it 🙂

  5. claudio.von.grubens

    Hi Glyn!

    very important to have some time off! i always compare that to clean out my brian… another good point was the picknick with you wife! that told me to also take more time off with my beloved ones 😉


    • Glyn

      @Caludio…Yep, very important to get away from it all mate, even if for just a couple of hours.

      Enjoy 🙂


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