OK .. so I'm back .. with an additional exclamation mark!
This time I'm just here to relax and enjoy myself .. to learn, to gain inspiration and to get GENUINE feedback on my efforts.
My photographic philosophy is quite simple, and is based upon a quotation from Ansel Adams (pinched from the profile blurb of my great friend and mentor Bill Cross: www.flickr.com/people/wildcardpoet/), namely: "There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." Quite simply, I look at a photograph and ask myself: "Irrespective of its technical merits, would that look good framed and hanging over my fireplace?". If the answer is "Yes" then, in my view it's a good photograph. If I think I could look at the photograph again and again, and never entertain any doubt that the original decision was right, it then becomes a great photograph.
My philosophy on life is equally simple: if it ain't fun, it ain't worth doing!
My hardware is:
Canon EOS 5D Mk III
Canon EOS 7D
Canon EOS 450D
Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens
Canon EF 17-40mm f4 L USM Lens
Canon 17-85mm F4-5.6 IS USM lens
Canon EF 24-105mm f4 L IS USM Lens
Canon 70-300 F4-5.6 IS USM lens
Konica-Minolta Dimage A200
Manfrotto 488RC4 Ball Head
Kennett Benbo Tripod
Manfrotto 190CX PRO4 Tripod
My software is:
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Photomatix Pro 4.2
Digital Photo Professional
For those who might be interested, a selection of my work is available for sale at my website: www.karlwilliamsphotography.co.uk/
More work is available for sale at 2canvas and, through them, at Debenhams, Argyle St, Glasgow.
Visitors to my photostream are welcomed and encouraged to leave meaningful comments rather than meaningless superlatives. They should note, however, that if they have no photographs available to me for returning the compliment, they will be blocked.
Group Admins and Moderators visiting my photostream please note: if your group requires me to apply for permission to join, or if your group pool is not available for viewing until I join, please don't waste your time posting invites to me because I won't respond. You may operate your groups in any way you see fit, but I reserve the right not to belong to them .. it really is that simple!
Photos of Shuggie!! (2)
- Scottish Field Monthly Muse 743 photos, 57 members
- Digital SLR Photography Magazine 38,446 photos, 2,725 members
- Scotland Outdoors Magazine 999 photos, 84 members
- On Landscape 3,390 photos, 396 members
- Wonderful landscapes ( high quality only) 678 photos, 81 members
- Top-Photo-Spots 7,201 photos, 598 members
- UK Wildlife Trusts 28,045 photos, 1,037 members
- Landscape Masterclass 1,668 photos, 440 members
- Kings of Flickr 214 photos, 94 members
- Stones.. (by admin invitation) ~ P1/A2 6,889 photos, 701 members
- Glasgow Churches 1,266 photos, 88 members
- 300+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two) 1,005 photos, 611 members
- 400+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two) 477 photos, 442 members
- ferrell&artime 238 photos, 19 members
- Inspirational Landscape From around the world 2,340 photos, 384 members
- Stuck On Earth Community 89,528 photos, 5,757 members
- A Landscape Photographers Art 1,185 photos, 251 members
- The Dark Knight and his Moonlit Princess (Admins invite) P1-A/C1 5,836 photos, 553 members
- **Nature Only** 100%Nature ~ NO People / NO Building (Award1) 12,151 photos, 478 members
- 2G's ~ by Admin Invitation Only ~ P/1 - C/2 2,764 photos, 229 members
- The Pantheon of Landscape 5,320 photos, 702 members
- **Masterclass Exhibition** Admin Invite Only Level (2) P-1/A-3 18,286 photos, 1,496 members
- Photographer's Choice~Hall of Fame (Invitation) 22,630 photos, 2,092 members
- Flickr's Best Landscape Photographers 11,438 photos, 385 members
- The Alpha Gallery 432 photos, 151 members
- Focus on Beauty (Admin-Invite) 18,002 photos, 1,448 members
- SIMPLY YOUR BEST PHOTO - LEVEL 2 (Post 1/Award3) 643 photos, 237 members
- Sky As A Canvas ~ ~ ~ 75,649 photos, 7,450 members
- *~ Rock .. Paper - No Scissors ~* by Admin/Mod Invite 3,430 photos, 996 members
- My Gallery Photo 3,354 photos, 500 members
- Real Photo Academy 4,212 photos, 488 members
- Visit St Andrews & East Neuk of Fife 10,148 photos, 628 members
- The Imperial Gallery 1,344 photos, 322 members
- Getty Images Call for Artists 431,931 photos, 100,345 members
- About you-Level2 [PREMIUM] -(invite only + C2 ) 2,972 photos, 450 members
- Stunning Shots (NO PORTRAITS) - CLOSED 15,930 photos, 1,898 members
- Ronnie & Denise's Place--Moderated 9,085 photos, 1,238 members
- The Essence (adm.inv.) 2,184 photos, 361 members
- Chasing Shadows 37,278 photos, 1,530 members
- Amazing Image: Wild Bird 54 photos, 14 members
- *Exhibition Of Talent* Admin Invite Only, Post1/ Award3 26,173 photos, 2,184 members
- Museo de Fotos 19,904 photos, 897 members
- The Garden Of Zen (75+ faves only) 2,145 photos, 276 members
- Exquisite Waterfalls ( Post - 1, Award - 2 ) Waterfalls Only 4,835 photos, 800 members
- New Photo Page Preview 0 photos, 3,460 members
- F-Stop - Travel & Culture 9,254 photos, 260 members
- *** Quality Structures ▒ Past Present and Future - P1-A2 3,385 photos, 422 members
- Magic Corner 2,653 photos, 419 members
- Skye in Focus 416 photos, 127 members
- Phoenix Immortal (Admin Invite) 100+F 902 photos, 383 members
·The Oracle· says:
"I joined Flickr only some months ago and decided I would try the group thing out, wasn't long before I ran into one of Karl’s work and went WOW!!!!! A quick visit to his profile and you realize this guy is pure talent, and creates some of the most breath taking work you will see on the internet period! Karl is much more then that though, he is not only inspiring by his incredible works but also took the time to help me understand where to show my work to get the best results which I will forever be grateful.
I can say without any doubts if you have been lucky enough to have any dealings with Karl Williams you have connected with one of the most talented artists on Flickr/internet, you will not just be inspired but also surprised by his modesty and willingness to offer a helping hand which really makes knowing Karl a true pleasure.
27th June, 2009
"I met Shuggie (Karl) about a year ago on Flickr. We have both enjoyed the adventure of viewing each others works over the months.
I just wanted to drop Karl an additional complement that I feel his work is getting very compelling & his skills are accelerating. Just look @ this photo, & you will see what I mean: www.flickr.com/ph...
Plus he is a very generous & kind kinda ape...oh ahh I mean man. Keep processing Karl, I will follow ya !!:-S"
2nd April, 2009
"If I can just slow down this mans dynamic and give him something to read for a while...
With Karl it is the incredible energy that is captivating, someone who I regard as an expert on the ways of Flickr and a true gentleman in his fairness of approach and treatment of all people. Attention to detail is probably his middle name.
A dedicated photographer and a man who is always aiming at higher standards in his art. His photography of water and his native land are my favourites to view with wonderful flowing colour landscapes and beautiful falls. An exceptional standard of work but I know his true genius is yet to unfold.
Karl is a character I have known for a short while but is now a true friend who, it feels, I have known for a longer time. We have built the beginnings of the truth gallery together but I alone know his power of determination and energy are the driving force behind it. Above all this man is here to enjoy himself..."if it isn't fun it's not worth doin" are the words I believe.
I've heard wild rumours that he is also an expert at origami and a true master at creating the perfect curry,among other things....world class in fact.
5th March, 2009
"Karl's a great dude. Is that relevant to his skills as a photographer? I'd say yes--take one look at his pictures, and you can tell right off the bat he's a conscientious and caring gentleman, putting a lot of love into portraying his lucky subject matter with the power and vitality they deserve. He deftly manages to combine old-school analog photographic discipline and sensibility with new-school processing and treatment to produce some of the most captivating and original imagery around. Oh, and he's Scottish too."
4th February, 2009
"Get man with character and talent. I've always been jealous of his work and I use his creative imagination to help improve my work. Keep up the great work Shuggie your one of my best contacts.
Spokane,Wa,USA (GEG:airport code)"
8th December, 2008
"Rarely do I write testomonials but in this case I make an exception.
I like many others receive a myriad of empty superlatives on my
stream at an alarming rate.However just occasionaly someone comes along that is a genuine contact, Karl is one of those rare people.
Karl is never happy with his images bieng mediocre, or his style becoming static. His constant and dogged determination to improve and his gutsy approach to the art of photography is what sets him apart from the rest.
Sharing the same space with such people is not simply and honour, but is truly inspiring."
3rd November, 2008
"when i first met karl on flickr i see what talent he had for photography detail and hes subject he had so many beautiful images through hes photostream and did not really get hes true recognition but after a while people were seeing what true talent he has and it was a pleasure looking through hes work sadly he left flickr for a break which people who dont know karl missed out on some beautiful images
but good newes for everyone karl is back and im sure hes wonderful photos will continue to impress
welcome back karl
sorry im no good at wording only expressing what i feel"
13th October, 2008
"When, in the fullness of time, this Prime Time photographer reveals the extent of his art in this reincarnation of his Flickr site, it will be amazement all around. A pure shooter and fine post-processor with an eagle eye--he has it all. This is one bravura performance."
19th September, 2008
- Karl Williams
- September 2008
- Near Glasgow
- I am:
- Male and Taken
- Working as little as possible