Daily Inspiration #402 by Neil Daintree

Hi Steve,

I have been a regular reader of your site for probably the best part of two years and have for those two years always looked with interest at the posts that are entitled “Daily inspiration”. Fascinating to see the photography of others as it inevitably inspires and reinforces the passion of photography and I think it is one of the best sections of your website. I have always hesitated to submit a “Daily inspiration”, there is a certain baring of the soul as well as your technique when publicly showing your photo’s!

I am currently based in the south-east of England and I would describe myself as a photography fanatic and rarely is there a moment when I am not thinking about it! The constant problem is to try to not make it about the gear as GAS is a terrible and time-consuming activity! I like to photograph mainly people but would love to give more time to landscapes. I am about to spend 6+ months away with work, including an extended stay in Nevada so hoping to get some practice at landscapes. I have decided whilst I am away to shoot only film. I am still not sure if this is the right decision but I believe in trying to Keep.It.Simple.Stupid (K.I.S.S) so one film body and one lens for the time being! I certainly don’t mean to stoke the fires of film vs digital (the resulting image regardless of the format is the important thing) but there is something about the basic, mechanical hands on approach of film photography that appeals to me.

Anyway… I have included three images of my Father. I was unsure what to submit and although a theme is not a requirement I didn’t want to just submit randomness! My father, my dad, like most is a very prominent figure in my life. The relationship we have has changed through the years but I have always had a great deal of respect for him. He has been an influence in the way I have led my life and has always been the person whose advice I have sought, although of course not always followed! He has had a difficult past year with the passing of my Gramma, his Mother. It is a difficult thing to deal with, the passing of a parent and something that has made me realise how grateful I am for my parents.

All processed with Aperture 3 using VSCO Kodak Tri-X emulation.

FujiFilm Finepix X100: 23mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO 400

Dad in Vernet

Nikon D90 + AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D: f/1.8, 1/160, ISO 100 (Flash bounced off ceiling if I remember)

My father

Fujifilm Finepix X100: 23mm, F2.8, 1/60, ISO 1600

Dad thoughtful

Thank you Steve for the continuing work that you do with the site and I always look forward to seeing what is new!

Kind Regards



  1. Enjoy Nevada and make sure you spend some time in the Grand Canyon. Good choice with one body, one lens and multiple rolls of film as that will keep the focus on light and composition which is what really matters.

  2. Beautiful words Neil, with the pictures reflecting these.
    I’m your dad’s age, reading your words I saw my daughter,

    K.I.S.S is my way of photography too.

  3. You did a very nice job of giving us a visual story of your Dad. Thanks.

    Where are you going in Nevada?


  4. Life on the banks, as Wil Durant said, is what civilization is all about. Wars will continue on the the river that runs through time will always be red with blood somewhere but civilization will still be carried on by the ordinary people on the banks living ordinary lives. Thanks for posting images of your dad, Neil!!

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