SOMERSET - DAY 1

All images above - Nikon Df 28-200mm zoom, Samsung K Zoom smartphone, Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) All images edited in Snapseed software. 

I've come to one of my favourite parts of the UK, the North Somerset Coast and the town of Wathchet, for a few days. Yesterday was 30+ degrees selsius and incredibly humid, so I was working at a slow pace. 

This trip is something of a 'research project' a way to see with what and how I want to take pictures in the future. When I'm away from my home area (which is admittedly pretty large) and I'm in a place that I don't visit often, if at all, I tend to go quite conservative with the gear I use and shoot and edit in the same way. But over the last year I've been getting more experimental as a result of using a lot of smartphone cameras. And true to type I started off by picking up my Nikon Df and 28-200mm zoom. However, it didn't last long. After a very short period of time out came my Samsung K Zoom smartphone and my pictures started to get more interesting. I'm particularly pleased with the shot of the pigeon landing. 

At the end of the day. just before I collapsed with heat exhaustion, I shot some 4K video with 8MP 'screen grabs' using my Leica D-LUX (Typ 109). 

So why do I seem to take my favourite images with Smartphone Cameras? And what might be described as non-serious, 'consumer' cameras. It's something to do with being 'off the leash' I think. To build up the amounts of quality images to turn shooting a few images for stock into making it a full-time living, I had to be pretty disciplined. Particularly when I was shooting on Medium-Format film, which wasn't cheap. So, I'd go for the safe option. And I was always very conscious about the need not to waste film (and therefore money) and go with the somewhat conservative (there's that word again!) requirements of picture libraries at that time. And those habits were ingrained in my photographic psyche and are still very difficult for me to ignore. But slowly over the past year I've started to 'loosen up' more. Encouraged, obviously, by the fact that people do actually buy these smartphone / point and shoot images.  

Ultimately of course people like and buy images because of the content and not because of what they were taken with, which in the case of stock libraries they won't know anyway, because the upload process strips out the metadata. It's going to be interesting to see what happens over the next few days and what I end up shooting the majority of my images with. However, I'm definitely pleased with the start I've made.