I started photography when I was 16 years old, over 23 years ago. Ever since my father let me use his Kodak Rangefinder camera, I was hooked. I then purchased a Canon T70 SLR when my father’s camera was stolen out the car one day. I had a part time job and purchased with a 10 months interest free deal; it was my first major purchase. I think it cost me around £400. Whilst I was not a incessant photographer at the time, I was aspirational and experimented a lot. I did take a quite a few pictures and the T70 was a wonderful camera that gave me some wonderful results, there aren’t many photos that I care to share though! Due to the rising costs of film and developing the film I wound down my photographic activities. When digital cameras came along, I purchased a Fujifilm F6800 point and shoot, Digital SLRs were still out of my price range and were at that time not good enough to replace film cameras.
The F6800 enabled me to experiment as it had manual aperture and shutter settings and managed to get some fairly good images. I upgraded to a Fujifilm F610 when my F6800 stopped working. Both cameras were excellent and left me wanting a D-SLR as I wanted to explore and experiment further and PS cameras are quite limited.
My first D-SLR was the Nikon D70s, I didn’t go for the equivalent Canon because the reviews just edged the D70s and also I preferred the feel of the D70s. I used this camera a lot, I experimented further and learned the camera inside and out and for a couple of years it did the job. But when you know something as well as I knew the D70s, you were often left frustrated with its limitations. Firstly, the screen was too small, images that looked sharp and in focus on the screen quite often were not when you got them on your computer. Its low light, high ISO performance rendered too much noise on the photograph and its viewfinder noticeably framed the subject incorrectly. The sensor was also prone to dust. Other than that this was a wonderful camera and gave me some wonderful shots. I recently upgraded to a Nikon D300s and this shooter is on a whole new level, absolutely love it. Still learning it and so far no major frustrations.
My kit includes:
Nikon SB-600 flash head
Nikon 18-70mm kit lens
Nikon 50mm f1.4
Sigma 70-300mm telephoto lens
Tamron 10-20mm wide angle lens
a remote shutter release
I love portrait photography which you can see on my Portraits Flickr page and would love to try my hand at studio based portraiture. I have recently been experimenting with HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography a technique were you take multiple shots (usually three) of the same scene/object and take three different exposures to cover the light range in the scene. This technique can render some very surreal and hyper-real results. You can see my efforts on my HDR Flickr Page.. I am also interested in lighting and have been experimenting with tungsten lamp to light some onions and garlic and got some very striking images. You can see these under the Misc. Images Section. I would love feedback on my photography, especially from established photographers, please leave comments either on Flickr or on the comment section of this post.
If you are interested in buying any of the images you see on my Flickr site contact me or if you need a photographer let me know, my rates will be reasonable.