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Current gear:

Bodies:

Canon 6D


Lenses:

Canon 17-40mm L f4
Canon 50mm f1.4
Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Sigma 130mm-400mm

Having seen others profiles, I thought I would do the same and just write my journey through photography.
My family had a 126 instamatic, and like most families would put one film through it a year, sometimes less. And that was that really. Then one day, a friend of mine bought a Pentax SLR, and I was stunned at the results: so clear, so focused, so well exposed. And so within a few months I had my own SLR, a Mk 1 Pentax P30 with a 50mm lens. I soon bought a cheap generic 28mm, and stumped up the cash for a 70-210 zoom. And within a year, the P30 was not good enough, and I got a Program A body; and so could shoot slide and negative film at the same time. I bought a 24mm to get that really wide angle, and was happy with what I had.
Then, life got in the way, I got married and photography took a back seat. And then one day, when i finally got to go on a good trip witht he family, all my gear, apart from the P30 were stolen from the back of my car in Amsterdam; even worse was the loss of all the films from a two week European road trip.
So, with just the P30, and a 50mm f2.0, I soldiered on. When i upgraded my computer in 1999, and being single again (more life) I got a digital camera bundled in; a Fuji DX10. And for a while it sat in the box, and I carried in taking my slides. Then, one day I took it out of the box, and on a day trip into the Suffolk countryside. That night I downloaded the pictures onto the computer, and e mailed them along with my emails to my frieds. This was a revelation, and after buying ever bigger, and more expensice memory cards for it, we went further and further afield together. A trip to Italy meant that I had to buy a 256meg card to store all the images. And how expensive was that? Anyway, it soon became clear that the DX10 was limited, and an upgrade would be needed.
At this time, a new film camera fell into my lap; a friend was changing over to digital, and would I like to buy his EOS 1? Yeah! And I bid farewell to the P30. Although not right away, the EOS sat in it's box for 6 months; I would sometimes get it out, look at it's wheels, dials and switches, sometimes even switch it on. I was scared.
One day, I was going to Yorkshire for a weekend trip, and packed the EOS instead of the Pentax, deciding I had to come to grips with it once and for all. As You can imagine, the results were fabulous, and I never went back to the Pentax.
In 2005, I left the Air Force, and i had the chance to go on a road trip across America, and I realised the DX10 was not man enough, and I took the plunge to upgrade the computer and camera, and so I was the proud owner of a Sony DCS 100. I bought a 1 gig card for the tip, and the results were very impressive. And that was that, or so I thought.
Then I began to notice spots on some of my images, and they were getting worse. i rease now it was dust, but the camera shop said it was mould, and would cost £160 to send back to Sony to be cleaned. But I had been bewitched by ads for another camera, the EOS 400D, and the shop had a nice black one, and half price memory cards, 4ig for £84. Where do i sign?

And that is where I am now, although I am so impressed with the results of the 400D, and the ease of use, that I am seriously considering selling the EOS 1 to fund a new lens. Also the whole palava of buy slides, the posting them to Fuji, the £1 postage per film, £7 to have them put on cd, and the 10 day wait seems all too much now.

Most of the images on my photostream are from my digital cameras, some are taken from slides at processing by Fuji, and some are scanned from original slides by me, but these did not come out very well, and are of a low resolution. Where they look blurred, the orginal are sharper.

A little about myself: I am forty seven years old! God, does it hurt to write that? Twice divorced, now married to Jools. In the past I worked in a chicken factory, did 15 years in the Royal Air Force, and since leaving have delivered beer and horrible chemicals before falling into the geophysical industry. Worked for two survey companies, travelled the world, and to Hull with them. And then one went bust and I was out on my ear. Now work for a company putting up wind turbines which means I now fly a desk rather going out and do the job. I don't mond. Work will now involve travelling to Denmark and Sweden on a regular basis.

Am now the proud owner of a Canon 50D since the 40D kept having hissy fits and having to back to the Canon faries to be repaired, or not. We'll see how that pans out, I guess.

I am trying to lay off Photoshop and going back to old fashioned photographic skills; exposure and composition.

Currently I have a few projects on the go; one to photograph as many grade 1 and 2* listed buildings in Kent. This is mostly churches and it is churches I am sticking with. As most villages have a church and a pub, I'm also sampling the delights of as many Kentish pubs too, and snapping them wherever possible.

And then there is the records. I have started snapping some records from my collection that I like and am enjoying the comments, most of which seem to be who are they? Never heard of that! And so on.

For the past four years I have been phtography Kentish Orchids, which has now spread to other parts of the country too. 29 Kentish species, I think, last year, plus man in County Durham, Northumberland, Oxfordshire as well.

And since getting a macro lens I have been a butterfly and dragonfly chaser.

Most of my projects and passions have come about as being inspired by my contact's work, for which I am very grateful. Let's see what tomorrow brings.....


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Joined:
January 2007
Hometown:
Lowestoft
Currently:
St Margaret's-at-Cliffe, England,
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