I have been interested in photography since I started experimenting with printing in my older brother's darkroom when I was 17 years old. For the next 36 years, I took thousands of black and white film pictures and and quite a large number of Kodachrome colour transparencies. I did all my own black and white film and print processing. My cameras were a Minolta, Asahi Pentax (both 35mm) and a a Yashica 120 format.

In 2003 I got my first digital camera: an Olympus C750. Not the greatest, but it allowed me to make the transition from film photography. In 2009 I purchased an Olympus E-520 DSLR. Of course, with digital, my picture-taking really took off. On a trip to Croatia and Italy in 2012, my wife and I took over 6,500 pictures between us

The quality of cameras built into the new generation of smartphones, means that I take a lot of my pictures on an iPhone 5C. A lot of my Flickr photos are from this device. However, I do fall back on using my DSLR when I have the time.

Now my big project is to digitise many of the old negatives and transparencies I have taken over the years, a massive undertaking. I started out by using a negative scanner, but when that broke down, I have switched to doing copying using my DSLR and a macro extension to my standard lens. I must say that this technique has, with fine tuning, resulted in better digital images than I ever got from the scanner!

Note: Please do not ask me to award your photos. I only award photos based on true merit. Anyone who solicits me for awards or faves will be blocked!

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  • Trevi Fountain by HarveyMW
  • In St Peters Square by HarveyMW
  • Positano by HarveyMW
  • Florence by HarveyMW
  • Off to Jerolim Island on water taxi by HarveyMW
  • Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo by HarveyMW

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March 2011
Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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Database Administrator (part-time)