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Helen Boyd

Helen Boyd:  Photographer, blogger, wanderess, ocean lover, artist, guitar player.

Twitter   @HelenBoyd123

Instagram    helenboyd1

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


33 replies »

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment Louis, Thank you and I do have to factor periods of rest into my schedule, it does leave me exhausted at times…

  1. I’m in awe. I could stare at each photograph for hours. Love the entire site. I’m jealous of your travel opportunities, the places you’ve been, what you get to see next. Absolutely awesome. I was a professional photographer for 10 years. Started with only black and white artsy, then onto portraits of kids…not planned (and NEVER as good as you). Now have totally put down camera to build. Live and breathe construction. New bucket list dream…to see the world through your eyes and have 1/1000th the skill you have to photograph it, and go to the cool places you get to go. thank you so so much for sharing. all i can say is ‘wow’.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful comment. I see you have moved from one creative field to another :). I am lucky that I live in the Lake District National Park. I am living and shooting in one of the most beautiful places in England, maybe even the world. Lots of travel coming up this year, but I truly love it. Thank you once again :)

  2. How wonderful to live in the Lake District – so much to photograph. Like you I am hooked on ‘the sea’ and even when on holiday often find myself pulled to on sea or other

    • It is wonderful- I have the beautiful mountains year around and then I can go home to Northumberland and enjoy the coast there too :)

    • Thank you Adam, It is a fantastic tree, it curls in every direction so as you walk around it, it looks so different. :)

  3. Fabulous photos – just my thing! :)
    I don’t usually push myself on other people’s blogs (it seems a bit rude!) however, if you have a couple of minutes spare please take a look at my website – there’s a link from my blog. I’ll be interested to hear what you make of my work ….
    PS. I found you through Otto’s ‘best of’ post and have ‘followed’ to make sure I don’t lose you!

    • Thank you Noeline, I have had a quick wander over to you website and I do love your work, it is very much like the high key work I have just had in my exhibition. Will bookmark you for another longer look with a mug of coffee :)

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