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Katey Jane AndrewsOnwer of Katey Jane Photography
Hello there! I'm Kate and often take my mother, Shelia out on adventures. We are based in Wisbech Cambridgeshire, in the heart of the bleak Fens, We live in a village called Leverington that's just 2 miles outside Wisbech.
Self-taught in life with a free sprite, I'm driven by moods and feelings. So each day can be very different, the not knowing what's around the next corner when walking along can be exciting, and the camera is there just in case something catches my eye.
In a nutshell, this website represents me as a person and my ever-changing personality and moods, this may be due to my strong dyslexia, or I'm just that random and driven to live my life, either way, I'm living it to the full!
My school life was a short one, I was a child artist, mostly drawing in black and white pencil, but at school, the art teacher would call me a cheat! Because of my skill levels. For this abuse, I decided to leave (or try to), started leaving school at the age of 7 and left entirely aged just 10. But the law didn't like this sheep straying from their flocks, so I spent 6 more years going to youth courts. The system couldn't get its bloody head around the fact that I wasn't going to school to be taught like a robot. When I look back now, I see school as a production line where you can't be individual.
Wasn't until later in life after in the mid-90s that my interest for photography took off, all thanks to one stormy night and after years of trying management to capture a lightning strike behind out local church. That feeling when I looked at that photo was excitement but a strange sensation too, an urge towards the power of nature, to observe the storm and lightning felt natural, I was drawn towards that world.
Ohh Those Big Fenland Skies
Life away from art was hard and still is, living in Wisbech Cambridgeshire in the Fens in one of the most deprived areas in the UK brings nothing but sadness and depression. True be told the Fens is the worse place to be an artist, with its flat, lifeless landscapes, no nature and endless agricultural fields that seem to go on forever, but it makes a person jump out that standard box where you have to find new ways to see art and Basically, the only artistic rule that works great here, is the rule of 3rds, its the most well known and gives the most substantial feelings..
For many, it is about the camera and to gain trillions of followers or have how-to videos on youtube and talk (that feels like years to me!) about F-stops so on which would bore the living hell out of me in seconds. It is no what it's about for me as stated elsewhere and never will be and my Youtube videos and merely having a go at fly-tippers or some random thing I have just seen!
A self-taught photographer who doesn't believe in Photoshop
I'm a passionate nature lover and wish to document our beautiful nature in natural ways, I'm also a storyteller at heart but with my dyslexia that can be difficult to do often. So for me to edit the life out of my work using Photoshop would be an insult to my feelings, but modern photography has changed the way pictures are made.
I own a mid-priced Canon 7D mk2 and use just a few settings within the camera, for birds AV mode with manual Wb, for macro 99% full manual with flash and those landscapes manual mode only. The cameras tracking system for wildlife seems a far cry from the good old days of no auto whatsoever, even had to wind the film myself!
I use Lightroom for raw file processing and have developed a set of three standards presets to match the camera screen and its software, this then cuts out editing and lets me be free when out knowing the dam software won't mess up my feelings. I find editing removes the soul from the pictures. I'm a user of natural light and see the cameras dynamic range limitations to my liking, and it suits my style, so to speak.
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