Helen Boyd: Photographer, blogger, wanderess, ocean lover, artist, guitar player.
Hello, My name is Helen Boyd, I live and work in the English Lake District. Desk-bound on weekdays I love to get outdoors and walk in the Lakes on the weekends and indulge my passions which are Photography, Poetry, Painting, Reading, & Art.
Always very observant and naturally curious from a young age, I love to photograph my natural environment. I especially love landscapes, seascapes and simpler minimalist shots.
I have been taking photographs for many years but have taken my photography seriously in the last five to six years. I am a Mac user, basic editing is done using Lightroom 5 and my favourite plug-ins Nik software’s Silver Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4 & Viveza 2.
Wow, 2014 has been such a whirlwind of activity and inspiration for me. I still have a massive passion for Photography as a visual art, but I very rarely seek creative inspiration at ‘Photography’ sites instead I enjoy drawing influences from Instagram, Pinterest and concept magazines like Kinfolk. Instagram is very underrated, there are some amazingly talented creatives sharing ideas and images here. I am not a professional or commercial photographer, not would I choose to be, I love the intuitive opportunities offered to me living in The Lake District, who could fail to be inspired living in one of the most beautiful places in the world, as an amateur photographer or as I prefer ‘A Crazy Enthusiast’.
Next year 2015, the roller coaster of travel is ongoing, April sees me heading north to Sanna Bay on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula in Scotland, which is the most westerly point of the UK. Swapping the turquoise sparkly Bay of Sanna behind me I am going home to spend a week in August, photographing the beautiful Northumberland coast. In September I am flying solo across the pond to Boston, USA for a 9-day trip. I have also booked accommodation on Cape Cod for a few days to photograph the Cape Cod National Seashore. Another return visit to Iceland in December to enjoy the snow once again.
I currently shoot with a Full Format Nikon D610, Fujifilm X100s and my iPhone 5.
My best accolade to date was winning in the Northern Counties Photographic Federation NCPF – 2012 for my Mono image of the Borrowdale fells.
I hope you enjoy reading my articles. Helen x