About me…

Hmm… what to say about me?

There really isn’t that much that’s worth rambling on about so I’m going to keep this short and sweet!

I’ve loved photography for as long as I can remember.  Ever since I got my DSLR I’ve been driving my family nuts at gatherings and special occasions, constantly clicking away!  The children love to pose, though I prefer to capture them when they’re unaware!

I love being out in the fresh air and am happiest when surrounded by nature, with my camera in my hands and preferably the sun shining!  That’s when I feel most peaceful… that’s when I slow down and breathe and just live in and for the moment.  I’m usually accompanied by Tala (‘Mutley’), who I also love to photograph, she’s so pretty and loves the attention! 🙂

I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a professional (hence the name of my blog) but am striving to become a much better amateur!  I would have loved to have been a travel and wildlife photographer, especially if it involved working among wild dolphins… never say never! 😉

I started this blog mainly as a creative outlet but also as a platform for sharing my photographs.   I don’t really have a niche… I love landscapes, macro, portraits, street scenes, animals, the sea… pretty much whatever takes my fancy!

If anyone enjoys my photographs half as much as I enjoy taking them, then that makes me very happy and as Mutley features regularly, I think she would be pretty chuffed too…

... Mutley, smiling for the camera!

… Mutley, smiling for the camera!

All photographs are my own and I would ask that they are not used for any purpose without my prior permission.  If you should choose to use the sharing buttons, please be sure to link back to this blog.  Many thanks!

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gradabout
    May 06, 2013 @ 22:10:00

    Blessings and kisses on your beautiful blog xxxx


  2. newbloggycat
    May 19, 2013 @ 08:55:41

    Hi there, I think your blog is awesome and I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Here’s the link: http://wp.me/p2TELX-Cg
    Congrats! *(^_____^)*


  3. veraersilia
    May 20, 2013 @ 01:04:55

    Ma dimmi una cosa, tu parli italiano allora? che bella sopresa…. Ciao, Vera


  4. newbloggycat
    May 22, 2013 @ 07:35:15

    Hi, I’ve just visited your daughter’s blog ‘gradabout’. What a lovely & beautiful daughter you have! I must say both mum & daughter write beautifully *(^____^)*
    Have a great day!


  5. lisatenzindolma
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 19:11:12

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful, Tracey! And so, of course, is Mutley! 🙂


  6. thehappyhugger
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 18:52:29

    What a lovely picture of a totally beautiful dog. 🙂 Your photos are gorgeous!


  7. mybeautfulthings
    Jun 21, 2013 @ 16:55:14

    I love what I find here – your aims are much the same as mine. Thank you for calling in and taking the time to comment – much appreciated. 🙂


  8. snappy~speak photo
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 14:30:56

    Thanks a bunch for checking out my blog!


  9. Dina
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 15:39:18

    You do have some great photos and I just love your goodllooking Mutley, waht a wonderful dog!
    Big *hug* from doglover ♥


  10. Carolyn Malone
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 15:13:59

    I love your blog (so happy I found it!), so you’re on my list for the Versatile Blogger Award. 🙂 http://carolynmalone.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/the-versatile-blogger-award/


  11. Chasquita
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 07:07:57

    Thanks for visiting my blog and now I have found you too. Great photo’s reminding me of how much I love England, Cornwall being one of my favourite places….. And what a beautiful girl Mutley is!


    • theamateurcamera
      Sep 26, 2013 @ 08:40:54

      Thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed some of my photos. Cornwall is wonderful and also one of my favourite places to be… I expect it’s very different to South Africa though! Mutley is lovely… my constant companion! 😀


  12. Opinionated Man
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 09:49:39

    Thank you for the kind words and stopping by. I am happy to say my issue is over. 🙂


  13. Capt Jill
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 21:01:38

    Mutley looks like such a sweet dog. Love your photos!
    Thanks for stopping by and liking by photo of the horizon for the weekly photo challenge,


  14. mockingbird181984
    Dec 01, 2013 @ 21:04:17



  15. Queenie
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 07:11:11

    Mutley looks beautiful! What a lovely blog you have! X


    • theamateurcamera
      Feb 03, 2014 @ 09:16:46

      Thank you so much! Mutley is indeed a beautiful girl…though by the time we get back from the swampy, muddy woods later this morning she won’t look so pretty, more like she’s wearing black welly boots! 😀


  16. aliewsMuses
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 10:23:53

    Thank you for liking my post. Your photos are wonderful and I hope to see more of your works. Motley looks beautiful here too.


  17. SPFischer
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 19:27:34

    I’m so glad you liked my weekly challenge as it brought me to your wonderful blog! I love that you embrace whatever captures your fancy. I’ve enjoyed spending just a few moments meandering through your wonderful pictures and have enjoyed each one. I am leaving a trail of likes. Congratulations on the one-year mark! You have a new fan and follower 🙂


    • The Amateur Camera
      Mar 31, 2014 @ 20:49:24

      Hey there Stacy! Thanks so much for taking the time to look through some of my photos, for the trail of likes and your wonderful comments! Really lovely to have you on board! I too have enjoyed looking through some of your posts today and look forward to seeing more! 🙂


  18. CadyLuck Leedy
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 19:00:57

    Hi there! Thanks for stopping by and looking at my blog! If you have any suggestions, requests or travel questions just let me know! I’m on my way over to your blog to see what you are up to! Love Mutley!!!!!! CadyLuckLeedy


  19. irinadim
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 01:26:24

    Beautiful photos, lovely blog and I love dogs, so here I come aboard. Cheers 🙂 Irina


  20. annabellefranklinauthor
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 19:37:29

    Some fabulous photos here – I love the one of your beautiful photogenic dog. Following you and looking forward to more!


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Quotes that speak to my soul…

"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
What you have caught on film is captured forever...
it remembers little things,
long after you have forgotten everything." - Aaron Siskind

"You become things, you become an atmosphere, and if you become it, which means you incorporate it within you, you can also give it back. You can put this feeling into a picture. A painter can do it. And a musician can do it and I think a photographer can do that too and that I would call the dreaming with open eyes." - Ernst Haas

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by Dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
- Steve Jobs

“To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”
― Robert Frank

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