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Well I guess this is the place where we bragg about our long history of photography so here goes:

Shortly after the birth of our first born we were given our first camera, a 126 carttrige thingy of some sorts, used. A few years later the in-laws upgraded and we were given their old camera, a 35mm point & shoot, and over the years perhaps a few more, even a panoramic camera. Eventually we took the big plunge to a brand new camera a 35mm Safari Starshot , it was red.
Then perhaps 3 years ago, our son, with the aid of a college education and a decent job, aquired a Pentax P&S. This rekindled the wifes interest in photography. We became the proud owners of a Pentax 35mm slr. It didn't take long to realize that the cost were creeping up so 2 years ago we purchased a Panasonic DMC-FZ20, which I found very interesting. Shortly after our son upgraded to a Pentax digital slr, for some reason, unknown to me at the time, his pictures seemed better, but I was having fun anyway.
Following the adventures of John & Bob on their web sites, we ventured out one cold winter evening under a full moon in Jan '06, where the Panasonic proved to be useless and my film slr gave decent results, a month later, while the son had instant pictures, leaving me frustrated. 3 months later, I was the proud owner of a shiny brand new Pentax *ist DS2. (notice how the camera ownership has drifted from, our, to mine. My first photo with this camera is dated April 8, 2006.
So you can see I have a long history of capturing images,
spanning some 36 years, shooting as many 1 or 2 rolls of film a year (some times we had 2 Christmas's on a roll).
I try to look at the funny side of things, I love to laugh, all to
often at someone else' s expense. But I'm working on that,
trying to become a better person.
My photo's, are taken for pleasure, I do not consider them
"work". Trying to teach an old dog new tricks seems to describe me, but I enjoy it, so I continue.

I'm a TEENAGER at heart, living in a 60+ yr old male body
Married with 3 grandsons.

UPDATE: Val wanted my DS2, so I bought the K10D.....
UPDATE: Val wanted the K10D, so I bought the K20D....
UPDATE: Val bought me the K7, and I kept the K20D :)

a submission to Photo life magazine yielded a nice Epson1400 printer :)
my wife Val followed close behind with second place...


I was lucky enough to have an image setected for the cover of Better Photography.

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    Insight Imaging: John A Ryan Photography says:

    "Bob West has become one of those photographers you look towards to find the types of photographs not taken by the average person. Each of his images shows dedication to the art of photography, and any fan of nocturnal photography should check out his work."

    March 17th, 2009

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    Darrell Colby " You Call The Shots " says:

    "As I Look With Pleasure At The Scale And Structure Which Bob West Expertly Portrays,,,I Am Truly Amazed !!!
    The``Contrast``Of Beautiful Color Makes Every Shot A Pure Delight
    To Admire.Truly A Natural Gifted Photographer With So Many Talents.
    Thank You Bob For Sharing Your Constructive Eye Behind The Lens !"

    February 8th, 2009

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    lee.mccain.photorama says:

    "I was original referred to Bob's photostream by Steve Harper which is alone testimonial enough to Bob's fantastic night work. I look at the body of Bob West's night work as I would for any of the well known masters of photography such as Eggleston or Meyerowitz. Every visit here is inspiration and wonderment."

    December 31st, 2008

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    CruzinHard says:

    "King of Night and Long Exposure Photography. I challenge any Flickr find a better night photographer"

    November 19th, 2008

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    Nick JH says:

    "Everytime I visit Bob's photostream im left with my jaw hitting my toes, he never fails to impress me with the high quality of work displayed in his photo stream which is constantly improving and getting better,

    a pure inspiriation!"

    March 8th, 2008

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    _Val W says:

    "As my in home technical advisor on all things photography related, Bob is definately very understanding, and most of the time a patient teacher. We have found that we both enjoy the hiking and camping and pretty much the outdoors. Now we are both lugging our camera equipment with us. We see the world through different lenses which makes for some pretty interesting photos. His persistance for details always comes across in his pics and his love of night photography shows his ability to "get that perfect capture". He is a great Hubby and Friend ;-}"

    February 23rd, 2008

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    Mac Danzig Photography says:

    "Bob has one of my favorite photostreams on Flickr. As a photographer, he has made the most of his surroundings, and brought about a view of Lake Erie that few people have seen. He shares the same passion for long exposures as I do, and is one of the few "true" star trail photographers out there that does it right. There is an art to long exposures and few have mastered it in the way Bob has...
    Plus he's Canadian."

    January 4th, 2008

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    Midnight - Digital says:

    "Bob is one of the coolest night shooter on Flickr. His abilities to catch the night feeling are just awesome.
    He is a very talented photographer, his gallery testifies of it. Take the time to visit his photos, you will be blown away by his talent for the night and landscape pictures.
    I always look forward to seeing his new productions."

    January 29th, 2008

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    blue-eyed sleet says:

    "I always look forward to Bobs uploads and when i see his pics on my contacts page i know I'm about to see something special."

    November 21st, 2007

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    After Dark Photo says:

    "Of all the contacts in my FLICKR file, Bob is one that I am always excited to see new things from. He has a trademark blue that I find highly enjoyable. His style and sense of wide open spaces come to life in his night shots and his love for star trails. I'd have to say he has pushed me to try and find "my thing." His post processing skills are excellent. I think if you thumb through his'll be pleasantly surprised at the things Bob sees and what he can show you. I know I will never see blue the same way had become my new favorite color. Thanks for that Bob"

    May 28th, 2007

Bob West
February 2006
Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada
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