After several years of proud ownership but infrequent use, I have finally decided to buckle down and learn how to use my camera properly.

The camera is, I’ve been told by various professional photographer friends, a perfectly reasonable piece of starter pro-level kit but instead of telling me to do a photography course, they all agree. ‘Read the handbook and then get out there and experiment.’

So, spurred on by the news that Oxford’s Festival of Light was due to open last Friday evening, I launched myself in at the deep end and tried a spot of night-time picture-taking. It was also raining but hey ho, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Here is a selection of some of my evening’s efforts, including shots of Thingumajic Theatre’s Ghost Caribou. I have a long way to go but as I progress, I’ll retrace my footsteps in the hope that as my skills develop, my pictures will finally match the images in my mind’s eye!


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