nottingham graduation



On the 13th December 2018, I graduated at the University of Nottingham for my MSc Biological Photography and Imaging course. Having never picked up a DSLR camera until I got my Canon EOS 1300D the day before the course started, it’s safe to say this course has taught me a lot. As a result, I want to offer a sincere thank you to my lecturers: Thomas Hartman; Steven Galloway and David McMahon, who have each taught me very different areas surrounding photography and science. On a further note, I also want to extend this thank you to my fellow classmates, from whom I have equally learned an incredible amount from, and in whom I have made many friends for life (I hope).

In aid of preventing this from becoming purely a thank you speech, here are some of my favourite moments and pictures from throughout the year:


University of Nottingham coursemates


One of the first things I came to love about the course was my coursemates. From our first adventure out into the world of wildlife photography (as pictured), I could tell I was going to learn a lot and have lots of fun with them. As well as lots of friendly banter about whether Canon or Nikon cameras were better (which continued throughout the year).


University of Nottingham macro


In our first semester we weren’t only taught all the principles of photography and how to use a camera effectively, we were challenged to take photographs with specific lenses and conditions. This allowed us to learn a massively wide variety of techniques and brought out our inner creativity to make each photograph different. One such photograph (above) was to be taken using a macro lens of a set that we had built for the scene.


Great Glen pathway


The second semester was far less strict and encouraged us to come up with our own ideas for photographs that make up part of a story. To accomplish this, I was inspired to go on a hike along the Great Glen Way in Scotland, photographing the wildlife and the landscapes as I went. The above photo was taken early on frosty morning not far from our campsite, and looking at it definitely brings back memories from the whole trip.


Sea Eagle landscape


Sea Eagle setting


The final semester of the year was again, even more relaxed than previous, encouraging us to come up with our own projects as photographers and videographers. The projects were entirely planned by us, only approved and monitored by the lecturers. I chose to go to the Isle of Jura in Scotland, to document the lives on the animals inhabiting such a wild island. The above photo was one of my favourite moments of the trip, seeing Sea Eagles while on a speedboat to the 3rd largest whirlpool in the world. Taking photographs from a rocking speedboat with no tripod, no way to close the distance to the subject, and shivering from the chilly winds from going high speeds represented a whole new challenge to me, but I feel happy with the results.


Now that I have graduated from University, I am now able to share images I have taken during my time studying, and also the result of my project, the documentary on the Isle of Jura. So I look forward to being able to share that soon.

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