About

Based in Wiltshire (UK), I’m a keen photographer with a ceaseless desire to improve and for whom the world is far too interesting a place to limit myself to one genre or one style – but I guess you will have already realised that!

My formative years were spent growing up in idyllic surroundings in rural South Africa which began a lifelong love of nature and the beauty of the natural environment. A family return to England in 1978 was something of a shock to the system after the space and freedom I had enjoyed but I continued to spend hours ‘out and about’, although now with my newly acquired second hand Zenit – a very basic Russian tank of a camera. Film and developing rapidly consumed my pocket money and early wages until an Engineering career got in the way and put a halt to hours of spare time. On the positive side, education and travel broadened my horizons, helped in turn by one of life’s interesting twists a few years ago which granted me the luxury of choosing to spend less time working and more time enjoying myself – perfect! I am now armed with a Nikon D700 (a full frame digital SLR) and although much of my photography is based in my ‘home ground’ of Wiltshire I also take my camera with me on my travels into Europe. Photographs of my travels rather than travel photography – a small but crucial difference as photography whilst travelling by motorcycle has its challenges!

My photographs having been published in Landscape Photographer of the Year 5 and 8, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Digital SLR User, The Sunday Telegraph and QWeekend (The Courier-Mail, Queensland) as well as featuring in an exhibition in the National Theatre, London and at The Gallery, Waterloo.
(My photographs have also featured strongly in motorcycle publications and related club magazines – but they don’t ‘count’!)

This blog runs alongside my main photography website (dedicated to my mono work) and it is here where you’ll find more regular updates about my latest photographic escapades – including those failed attempts. This is also where you’ll have the opportunity to join me on my occasional trips around Europe, so saddle up, enjoy the ride and please feel free to share your thoughts – good and bad – as all feedback is welcomed.

All images on this blog and my website are copyright to Noeline Smith, however, if you would like to use any please contact me.

48 thoughts on “About”

  1. Thanks for your ‘like’ for my recent ‘British summer time’ photo. It encouraged me to drop in on your site. I was much impressed by the diversity and quality of your work and intend to make frequent return visits.

  2. You have a great blog here full of many respectable photos and accompanied by some interesting writings. Hope you keep it up.
    Ps. I love the photo of Stonehenge that is the header for this blog and for your gravatar image. I have been to Stonehenge before when I was visiting family members in the U.K. and when i was there all i could think about was how nice of a photo Stonehenge would be at sunset. Unfortunately, we could not stay there until then and had to keep moving on. But my trip was amazing.
    Cheers

    • Thanks for the feedback – much appreciated!
      Stonehenge is a great place and can give some striking images – living only about 5/6 miles from it I have a fair few 🙂 There are a few changes happening there at the moment to improve the overall site with a new visitor centre, removing the existing car park and closing the road that runs through the Avenue so that it can be reinstated. Hopefully it will improve the photo opportunities further! If you come back again be sure to revisit – and don’t miss Avebury which is not far away ….

  3. wonderful travels, beautiful photography ; )

    • Thank you Dianne. It was a wonderful trip and I really enjoyed our time in Romania. I find that photographing whilst travelling, as well as being incredibly rewarding, can also be a little frustrating. Seeing a great location but in the wrong light and knowing you can’t go back. Worse still, seeing something incredible and not being able stop as there is nowhere safe to park. Still, better to see it and remember it than not see it at all!

  4. your welcome, and i certainly agree with that.. have a great weekend ; )

  5. Maryam.Shahbaz said:

    A very entertaining read and I particularly enjoyed the photos 🙂
    Regards,
    Looking forward to more

  6. I am glad to have found your site through Leanne Cole Photography’s post! I hope to learn from your amazing photography!

    • Thank you very much! I welcome all feedback so please feel free to question and comment – whether you like what I’ve done or not! As I’ll photograph pretty much anything I can it’s not always to everyone’s taste 🙂

  7. This is such a nice blog. Glad I stumbled upon this blog. Would inspire me to try more stuff. 🙂

    • Thanks very much! Feedback is always welcome, so thank you for taking the time to comment and please do so as often as you like 🙂
      You have some wonderful street photography/portraits on your blog – maybe you’ll inspire me to try something different too!!

  8. Your blog is very beautiful and your photos are very special!
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Beautiful images, Noeline.

  10. Even i’m gonna repeat myself, my nomination for you could be a curse or a honor, it takes sometime 🙂
    http://atlastracer.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/the-wordpress-family-award/

    • Thank you very much for the thought – and what a warm award too ☺ …. but I’m afraid that I can’t accept it ☹ As you say, they can be quite time consuming and I struggle as it is with finding time to post and keep up with fellow bloggers – I have no idea how daily bloggers manage it!

      • Well..I don’t receive it daily…so once in a while it’s accepted…I guess.

        • True …. makes me sound a bit of a grump doesn’t it?! …. but, from what I’ve seen, somehow awards seem to snowball so it seems best not to start them rolling.
          I really do appreciate the thought though – really – I’m flattered …

        • peace please 🙂
          I don’t think is a grumpy state, it’s up of everyone what we do with “the free time” and some of us have more and or less. Cheers!

  11. Amazing Blog,nice to Find you, Regards from Poland, take care ,EM

  12. Exquisite photography, beautiful images throughout your blog.

  13. You’ve got a lovely website. Love your work

    • Thank you! …. both for heading over to my website and for having a look around here. Thank you also for letting me know what you think – your feedback and comments are greatly appreciated.

  14. Thank you Noeline for visiting my blog and commenting. Some really beautiful photographs you have here. I’ll be following!

  15. wow, you must be so talented, amazing work here!

  16. Hi there Noelene. You know, those Zenits are rather popular in some circles nowadays would you believe! I have one myself.

    • I must admit I quite like the simplicity of it, maybe I should dust it off and get it working again!

      • I have a Zenit E, still with a working lightmeter. Have not yet put film through it though. Despite some troubles I really enjoy those old former soviet cameras. In fact a parcel from the Ukraine arrived today with a few more old film cameras inside 🙂 They do look odd next to my digital cameras.

        • You have quite an adventurous collection! Do you intend using them all or is it the engineering and aesthetics that appeal?

        • I do intend using them; the ones that work at least! I have dozens of film bodies yet to try out, including old film. Though digital has advantages, I find myself gravitating to film in recent times.

  17. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I really like your work.

  18. Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox. I hope you will enjoy the wide variety of music featured and perhaps make some discoveries. I usually post once a week and your comments are welcomed. Regards and good luck with all your projects. Thom

  19. Simply amazing photos with a nice blog!

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