5 photos from my local area – photalife challenge

I’ve recent been challenge by Darren Coleshill  from Photalife to step out of my comfort zone and photograph 5 images from my local area.

People who read my blog will know that I mostly do landscape photography, when I go out and shoot I’m well within my comfort zone shooting these landscapes. But this challenge had me a little nervous. Like the time when I first picked up a camera and I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.

It’s like anything when you become accustomed to it, it becomes second nature just like me with my landscapes. I really didn’t know what to shoot in this challenge. My mind just didn’t want to play ball. I kept my camera in my car with me all the time just in case.



First Image – quick shot in the rain

I was driving to work the other week, it was raining but as I drove past the sales office on the site I worked at it just stood out with the lights around and the rain falling. Baring in mind I was still a little tired having left the house at 6am so I just didn’t know how this image would turn out.

As it was raining I had to be quick taking this shot. I must admit it was rather rushed. But overall I am happy with the results.


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Second Image – Kielder Milky Way

Seeing the milky way with your naked eye is an amazing sight to see and I got the chance to see it twice in one night, the first being near Kielder Castle nestled in between the trees looking up at the natural picture frame. Read more on this night here and how I photographed the milky way.


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Third Image – Stockton Fireworks

I had to include this image within this list. This has probably got to be the best firework shot I have ever taken, and I am very pleased with how the edit came out. Read about this shot here.


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Forth Image – Little Fairy Door

I have access to this little door on a daily basis and it never occurred to me to photograph it. rather than me shooting constant landscapes I have have tried to look at my surrounding more.


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Fifth Image – Strangers Portrait

This is way out of my comfort zone here, and I have a little story behind the image to. I was out shooting a sunset – surprise surprise. not long after I got there and got set up just minding my own business then there up on the bridge there was a man dancing.

He was doing handstands and jumping about and I just felt as if I needed to go up to the bridge and ask for a photo.

I was quite nervous doing so as it just not something you do. He was very open to the idea of getting his photo taken, So of course I got him dancing but this portrait I got was a winner from all the photos I took and probably the best on this list.


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  1. 27th November 2018 / 6:36 am

    Really beautiful photographs and what a great idea to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something a little different. That portrait is amazing and I love your milky way picture!

    • 27th November 2018 / 7:17 am

      Thanks Chloe. Appreciate it. Yeah it is one of my personal favourites

  2. 28th November 2018 / 10:40 am

    Really impressive work, I have found stepping out of the comfort zone pushes creativity.

    It’s difficult to pick a favourite out of these. 👍

    • 28th November 2018 / 11:30 am

      Thanks Darren. It was a good challenge. Onwards to the next one. It helps to keep the creativity going

  3. 2nd December 2018 / 9:33 pm

    What an interesting challenge. With Christmas I’m tempted to take more photos closer to home. #adventurecalling

  4. 10th December 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Great photos mate. I love the story about the dancing stranger on the bridge haha. Thanks for joining us #adventurecalling

  5. 11th December 2018 / 3:26 pm

    This is such a good idea. I live in an area populated with old (sometimes derelict)shoe factories and terraced houses (and litter) so it’s hard to see the beauty in it, but I bet I could get some really interesting photos. I might just give it a go! Thanks for inspiring us #AdventureCalling

  6. 11th December 2018 / 5:13 pm

    I love the fairy door photo. Magical.

    Challenges that get you out of your comfort zone are always worth doing. You never know what you might discover.


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