Best of the Month

Best of the Month – of May 2022

“May is green and pink and red.” – Richard L. Ratliff

Music Score – Above the Clouds

Millwall Place – Sandwich – Early Morning

Welcome to Best of the Month

Although l have been interested in photography since l was a youngster, there is a difference l think between wanting to take quick pictures with a camera when out with the family and wanting to create photographs.

So with that definition of the two styles, l was happy to ‘just take pictures’ for most of my life; however, in more recent years and more so as l have aged. I have taken a keener interest and developed more of a love and passion for photography through the eyes of an amateur.

I like to take more time working with the creativity and beauty of a moment and trying to convey that to the viewer.

No longer do l simply point and click. Now l observe and watch and understand the story behind what l am looking to photograph, l learn the behaviours of the wildlife, research the growing seasons of plants, and so on and read to understand more. I want people to see what l was witnessing at that moment.

We can all pick up a camera, press the button, and click away to produce a picture, but with photography, you are trying to display the emotion you experienced when you were in that moment.

I have a camera of one sort with me every day, whether out walking, or working when l volunteer, or in the garden or even when just out and about about town. I want to improve my photography, so l take thousands of images every month and practice and hone my craft.

Now l take pictures of all sorts of things and moments and observations, quirky, weird and unconventional, under different weather conditions and times of the day, different seasons and from different positions and angles. I try to capture a moment in time that my eyes saw, and it fired my imagination up.

A friend of mine once said, “Rory, you can never take too many, but you can take too few, so don’t be afraid, especially now when the world is digital, to go out and take as many as you want because the truly wonderful shots are never ten a penny, but you’ll not know that till you have taken thousands to compare.”

Every month l will have taken hundreds of good photographs, but l might only have captured a handful that l consider to be genuinely excellent or uniquely unusual.

This is what the Best of the Month gallery is about – it holds images that l consider excellent or different, charming or just symbolic for that month, and l wanted to share them.

I hope you’ll enjoy the series.
Check out – Best of the Month Directory

May 2022

St Clement’s Allotments

Flora Gallery

Pondering Pigeon


Low Tide River Stour

Pruned Willow Trees

The Sun Rises over the River Stour

Sun rising on Stour Woodland Walk

The Dawn Seagull

There were many favourites for me in May, but l loved the beauty and simplicity of the dawn seagull whilst taking sunrise photographs on the River Stour.

Published by The Autistic Composter

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7 thoughts on “Best of the Month

  1. Those Sunrise pictures are stunning, but I agree… top award to Georgie’s UK cousin! That picture captures our land-bound wish for the joy of flight. Especially with all the beautiful colors. Well done JB!!

    You might enter some of these really great ones into photo contests. Your hobby could earn you a little prize money😉

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  2. Oh, Rory, how wonderful ! I loved your opening shot, though they are all fantastic. The captions and music added so much flavor. Very nicely done! I enjoyed this very much and will certainly be looking forward to this feature every month! Thank you so much for all your effort and ingenuity and for sharing your time with us all! How important that is and we most often never even give it a thought – all the time and effort involved in such work. What a beautiful gift! 🤗💞

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