I have been taking pictures for a long, long time. I first fell in love with the medium in my early teens and spent many a long hour in the darkroom learning to paint with light.
I was fortunate enough to exhibit and sell a few photographs to various magazines but never took it any further. My career moved in a different direction.
I came back to photography at the dawn of the digital age and after purchasing my first digital camera with a massive pixel count of 1.3 (as I recall) I confidently declared that it would 'never catch on'. Time proved me very wrong and I'm glad it did.
Over the years many people have asked me why I don't do this for a living and I think, to be honest, it would take away the pleasure. I don't know what makes a professional anymore anyway. In the old days you could spot a pro's images a mile away. I'm not so sure anymore.
I prefer to work primarily in Black and White but am not so stuck on it that I subscribe to the 'purists' point of view. I don't have any particular speciality either. I just photograph what appeals to me and hope that others like it. If not...ah well.
To be honest, I'll use anything to hand. I have a couple of compacts that go everywhere with me that I just love. A Canon S90...superb piece of kit and my recently acquired Fujifilm X10.
Nikon D5000 (call it entry level if you like, but it does more than enough for me)
Nikon 18-55mm AF
Nikon 55-200mm AF
Nikon SB400 Speedlight
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10
OnOne's freebie plug-in (excellent little give-away)
I would appreciate any constructive comments or critiques so please feel free to share your thoughts and ask questions if you have any.
Thank you for stopping by.