David Astley Contact
- I'm a British/Australian expatriate, living in Asia since 1997. I work in the media industry but I'm not a full-time photographer - although I did some photojournalism early in my career, and I've had many photographs published in tropical gardening books and magazines. I've sold a few travel photographs too, but mostly what you see here in my TrekEarth galleries are my 'hobby' photographs. My work takes me to some interesting places around the world, and I try to take advantage of any free time when I am away to pursue my passion for travel photography which requires very different skills to news photography or horticultural photography.
News photography is all about capturing the right moment, the right expression, the right event - to a certain extent there is a lot of "luck" in news photography.
Horticultural photography is much more technical. It's all about the right lighting, the right depth of field, the right colour balance, and so on.
Travel photography can mean many things. To me it's primarily landscape photography and people photography with a little bit of nature photography thrown in as well. What those have in common is the need to understand how composition and light can contribute to producing an outstanding image. To be a creative photographer you must be able to 'feel' what makes a good composition, recognise when the light is soft or hard, or warm or cold, and have the ability to create an image that takes account of all of those elements. In that respect, photography is very much like art.
I have a personal website at www.xyzasia.com which contains some of my earlier travel photo albums, and I have some later albums on Pbase that I will progressively expand. I also post a few other photos from my travels to my blog
Although I was very active for my first two years on TrekEarth, work commitments in the past two years have prevented me from spending much time on TE (especially in 2010 when I was traveling for nearly half the year). However, I do enjoy the rapport between TE members (and have enjoyed meeting a few personally), so intend to remain a member and will become active again when time permits. I try to write as many critiques as I receive, and write them honestly. Please donít be offended if I give only one point if I think something could be improved. I would like you to do the same to me. My 'norm' is to give one point unless I think an image is outstanding. I know there are many on TE who give two points away for almost everything they critique as a quid pro quo for points they have received, but that reduces the effectiveness of rating images and in using TE to help us to improve our photography.
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