I'm Irish, but remarkably sober.
A naturalist by nature, with some qualifications thrown in for good measure.
My first camera was from the pound shop, when I was 9. Learned photography the hard way by trying to shoot swallows and dragonflies in flight with a Pentax K1000, which amounted to a lot of expensive missed shots being developed.
Liked digital cameras since using a 1mp Kodak in the late 1990s. It came with a PC and ate four batteries at a time like they were Smarties. Used the family Nikon Coolpix 5600 after that.
Bought a Panasonic Lumix LZ3 to record fieldwork for an MSc (nature conservation) and this and the Panasonic Lumix FZ-18 are my favourite camers. I love superzooms since buying the FZ-18, and like my cameras to be rugged (they need to be!) but easy to carry, with good results. I also use an experimental model, the Canon SX120, which is fully manual too. I also use a Nikon D3000 DSLR, which is a great camera.
I consider myself a naturalist who takes photos more than a photographer, but do try to be arty sometimes.
I frequently roam Flickr looking for great talent, and especially like to invite masterpieces that have somehow gone unnoticed, to groups where they'll be properly appreciated. I don't expect reciprocation for doing this, but am always glad to receive comments and invites.
I don't usually reciprocate if people add me as a contact without actually being interested enough to comment on any of the photos in my stream.
Photos of sam2cents (9)
- Humming bird 555 photos, 422 members
- Customised Firesteel 82 photos, 98 members
- Pictures of Art Are not Art 276 photos, 43 members
- Photographing the life 5,957 photos, 385 members
- All Wildlife Photography 38,718 photos, 697 members
- Wicklow Town 839 photos, 56 members
- Getty Images Call for Artists 431,931 photos, 100,345 members
- Butterfly Gallery - P1 C1 - Voting OPEN 116,928 photos, 14,566 members
- *VIOLETTA AMORE MIO ( Violets my love ) *Post 1: Comment 2* 3,299 photos, 432 members
- Phoenix Park 1,604 photos, 125 members
- Field Guide: Birds of the World 155,614 photos, 18,013 members
- ID Please 8,235 photos, 832 members
- North Wind's Daughter ♥C1♥ NO family or tourist snaps! 52,613 photos, 1,519 members
- ** Wildlife Warriors ** 23,288 photos, 1,603 members
- Juego solidario #M4M AYUDEMOS A MATEO 23,968 photos, 742 members
- Stuff With Four Legs 25,295 photos, 1,247 members
- Stuff On Stems 20,369 photos, 916 members
- PAINTING WOODLANDS 1,380 photos, 175 members
- Fave, Fave, Fave! (Post 1, Fave 3) 17,437 photos, 1,427 members
- Stuff On Walls 5,581 photos, 267 members
- Explore Our World 10,745 photos, 267 members
- Stuff In My Hand 3,035 photos, 424 members
- Photography- My Passion - post 1 award 2 15,341 photos, 807 members
- Grace Filled Moments 92 photos, 18 members
- Fish from above 836 photos, 88 members
- "Winged Wonders"-- Birds Only-- Invite Only (Post 1, Award 2) 40,754 photos, 5,009 members
- Distinguished Raptors (P1-A1) 12,091 photos, 694 members
- Distinguished Macro (P1-A1) 2,380 photos, 124 members
- Wildlife Award - Post 1, Award 2 68,383 photos, 4,812 members
- Darwin Endless Forms 1,192 photos, 307 members
- ★★★My Fave! (The newest Goup) Admin Invite Only! 591 photos, 217 members
- Macro Awards (Invite Only!) 40,132 photos, 11,326 members
- Stuff That Sees 1,399 photos, 271 members
- Irish Bumblebees 230 photos, 27 members
- Secret Life of Birds 51,420 photos, 5,362 members
- NaturePhotographs 129,295 photos, 6,658 members
- "Me, Myself & I" [Please invite new faces] 4,645 photos, 596 members
- Per chi usa il catadiottrico 500 mm a specchio 353 photos, 180 members
- Extraordinary Capture Macro Award (Group CLOSED) 7,207 photos, 3,121 members
- Goof Shots 575 photos, 340 members
- Never Ending 43 photos, 65 members
- Butterfly Color (Winners Displayed) 80,190 photos, 7,334 members
- *WONDERFUL NATURE* [ Post 01, Award 03 ] ( Not People) 45,583 photos, 2,691 members
- Our wonderful world 27,667 photos, 1,133 members
- I love all cats 3,945 photos, 389 members
- V.I.P - Very Important PHOTOS 105,957 photos, 6,759 members
- Art Of Horses... P1 1award 161 photos, 32 members
- Spectacular Nature-invited images only (15/ month) 20,887 photos, 7,348 members
- Rational Animals (Please Tag AR1) 9,345 photos, 1,122 members
- Unforgettable Landscapes(High Quality) 46,203 photos, 6,936 members
"first I like to say to sam2cents that I really like your photos and I really mean it. You seem to be a very colorful person who likes animals and knows everything about animals. I like to say thank you (to you), thank you for such a nice comments, thank you for visiting my photostream and thank you for a great photos, which makes me smiling every day and I hope there´s more photos coming, soon!"
15th June, 2008
Ontario Wanderer says:
"By pure chance, I happened to overhear Sam talking to a friend in a hotel in Valletta, Malta last March and heard him say something about Flickr. A conversation developed in the few minutes he had before leaving for the airport but we exchanged Flickr addresses and have been in at least weekly internet conversations since. It appears that we have many of the same interests in wildlife and conservation and close-up photography of small creatures and wild flowers. Not only that, but Sam is one of the most responsive people on Flickr in communicating how much he enjoys seeing photographs of others. He is an excellent contact and a very special internet friend to both my partner, Eglantine, and I. Keep up the great work Sam!"
21st December, 2007
- August 2006
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