Kevin Skinner

Joined September 2008

I would not exactly call myself a Photographer, I just happen to love my surroundings and share what I see. Had that unexpected...

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It's About Me, Me, Me............

I recently visited the Isle Of Raasay to just spend some time to think things through about my photography, life, the Universe and everything. As this is about Photography, I’ll just keep it to that (I’m sure you don’t want to hear about my woes about turning 50 and my struggles with my place in the universe and all that Blah-blah).…

Whilst sitting in my car waiting for the latest shower to pass, I was thinking about my goals for my photography and, particularly, the “Enjoy the moments” bit. It was a that point I realised that, essentially, this had never left me – maybe a little masked by the fog of everyday’s pressure of life but it was still there glimmering through.

It was then it struck me and I had to make my way down to the local cafe at Raasay House to write it down while it was fr

Blog nearly there........

Well, a few months later than I thought (a lot of changing and redesign involved – never happy), my blog site is nearly ready to launch to the world. Possibly, going live on the 1st May but depending on other elements, more likely to be 1st June.
Before I do all of that, I thought i would tap into the wealth of knowledge that is here and get some tips.
So, what tips and advice would you give me as a fledgling blogger?

Am I Staying Or Am I Going......

About a month ago, I wrote a wee piece on my quandary about continuing here at Redbubble. I’m still unsure and feel that I’m procrastinating about it now rather than making a decision.…

So what to do?

I came to Redbubble years ago because I heard good things about it. I heard that there was a really good vibe about it and folk were coming together, chatting, exchanging views, encouraging and promoting some great work. Did I come here for the lure of fame or fortune? No. I suppose, I came here for what evolved into Community.

Now? I really don’t hear anything about Redbubble. The vibe has gone. However, there are folk still coming together (maybe not in as many numbers), chatting, exchanging views, encouraging and promoting some great work. There is still a community of sorts here which is

Should I stay or should I go now....

As in the song, “Should I stay or should I go now/” is the question that keeps coming into my mind here.…

Do I stay on a site that really keeps photography in the background? Do I want to see magnificent T-Shirts in my emails? Do I want to lose contact with the dwindling number of friends that I have here?

As I’m nearing the completion of my own Webpage/blog site, I’m having a real mixed feeling about being on here at Redbubble now. In one hand, I have struggled with the way RB has gone away from the community spirit (which must have been lucrative at one time), and on the other, would I be cutting my nose off despite my face (could be an improvement, mind you) by leaving here from an exposure, network, friends, etc. way?

Interested to know your thoughts and struggles of being on this site

It is the new year and I'm now 50 years young.....

Ok, I wasn’t sure about turning 50…….well, it is a major milestone in ones life, you know. So how do you celebrate a life so far that has had so many ups and downs in it?…

As well as that 2016 was a strange year and bonkers year. So many icons passed away (it was getting to the point where 2017 couldn’t come fast enough before someone else was taken!) and the world, in general, seemed to go completely off the rails in lots of ways.

So I sat down over the past month, thinking and inspiring myself to visit places and achieve things that I either want to do again or for the first time.

So there has to be a list! So here it is:

Places

1. Corrour (Cycling trip)

This is a place that you can only to by going by train (it is a request stop), walking, or cycling. It is in the middle of Rannoch Moor

Aquaphobia: A Journey

I recently released a set of images that, when put together in a sequence, gave the viewer a sense of what my fear is/was like to me – my sensations and emotions as they emerge through the cycle of Aquaphobia.…

This is quite a personal journey, or voyage (if you like to keep it watery), and hopefully this will give you an essence of my struggles with this subject.

In this journal, I will take you on this brief voyage and, by the end, I hope you will understand the messages that “flow” through them.

Here goes………..

Defiance

At first, you try to stand your ground. You can feel the tension build within your mind and the nervousness builds but you try to resist – stay strong and, hopefully, it will pass. It still tugs at you though and, almost unperceptively, it grows little by little.

Flow

Th

Another wee twist in the journey......

A good while ago, I wrote a journal about how I had lost my way with Photography and I did say that I would write a follow-up on how I got on. So here it is…….…

Well, I did take up the paintbrush. Did a few paintings (apparently, I do have talent…who would have known!) and, although I wouldn’t put them up on a wall, I’m quite proud of my attempts.

On my last outing that was meant to be with the easel and sticks, I went out with an artist friend of mine. However, he said that he would bring his canvas and I should bring my camera. Scratching my wee bald head, I did what I was told and went with my, then dusty, camera and tripod.

We sat in front of a seascape and then I was tasked to take some photos and my friend would do a wee watercolour. So we went about our business.

At the end of the d

Game Changer or Marketing Gimmick?

It’s been a long, long time since I have even considered getting another camera body but I have to admit my sights have been wandering to the new Canon EOS 5Ds.…

A whopping 50.6 mega-pixel sensor, interchangeable sensor modes (able to do crop sensor capabilities – 1.3x and 1.6x as well as full frame), the list goes on like the credits to Star Wars.

I admit that I was full of “Ooooo’s” and “Ahhhhh’s” as I read some reviews. All with the promise that the detail was out-of-this-world and, more or less, saying that my 5D MkII was now good for the Camera Heaven that most of my prized bits of technology have gone before.

Ok………..

50.8 megapixels…………how much sharper will my images be compared to my lowly 20.8 megapixel be? How big will the resultant RAW files be (I had to get a new computer the la

A Start Of Another Journey.....

First off, a not so wee apology for me not being around lately. My faltering presence has been all part of the reason I’m writing this journal if the truth be known.…

Life has been frustrating over the past couple of years. Work has nearly taken over with so much going on and aspects in which I needed to be present to make that difference within my industry (it’s still going on but I’m needing to step back for a while).

My photography has suffered as a consequence. Of which, I don’t really know why?

My love for the land has never diminished. The heart still aches for a stunning seascape or a majestic mountainscape across a Loch, but…………..

My captures are just not doing it for me anymore. They leave me cold, detached for the scene, and desperately saddened that I haven’t captured what made

Is it me or are all my images......

Something that has been bothering me when I upload my work on RB these days.

When I have crafted the image in PS and save it down, it looks spot on. When I upload it here, it looks too dark.

What’s the story?

Any thoughts?

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