First of all, I want to thank you for so many birthday messages that were sent to me a couple of weeks ago - I have never had this many people send me so many beautiful and positive messages in such a short amount of time. You made my birthday the best ever! It's been around two months since I posted I had reached 2,500 favourites, and it's already doubled. During that time I have met so many new characters and so many amazing people who have been so supportive and kind about my work. I also have over 200 watchers now, which I would have never imagined reaching. To know I have this much support from so many people is incredible! I have never had anything like this before
5,000 Favourites and 200 Watchers is a huge milestone for me, so I thought I would post something a bit different onto here. I haven't really spoken on here about what what I get up to outside of DeviantArt, so if you wanted a read, I thought I'd post a little update about some other things I've been involved with...
During summer last year (a few months before I joined DeviantArt) I went for a trip to Cumbria to see how livestock (mainly sheep and cattle) is managed, particularly focusing on people classed as 'Commoners' who turn out a certain number of animals on National Parks here in the UK to help manage the land (that's when I was also able to capture my submission "Barren Lake"). Other areas here in the UK like this include The New Forest and Dartmoor, where ponies are more commonly managed. During this time I took a lot of photos and a couple of these have been featured in a local magazine (that's a first for me)! Unfortunately they didn't include my name and the fact that I took those photos, but to know my photos were worthy enough to be featured in a magazine is good enough for me!
I also joined a local camera club recently and I have had a really kind club member give up some of his time to mentor me and teach me how he takes his amazing photos. As well as this, I also experienced one of my pieces being commented on by a trained judge at the club (a slightly cropped version of this photo: "Ancient Woodland"). It was very interesting to learn about what makes an image stand out from the rest and improvements that can be made.
Inside of DeviantArt, I placed 2nd in a competition run by AnimalsPlantsNature (Invertebrates Month: Conclusion and Winners!). It's the first competition I've been a winner in regarding my photography, so I am quite happy about that
Enough of me talking, sorry for the long read! Like I have done in previous milestones, I wanted to mark my submissions with the most favourites currently:
Thanks again for all your support!!