Welcome to my Photographic website and blog. Here you will find some examples of my photographic style. These will be displayed as either a Blog post or Static page.
I have interests in a wide range of areas such as.
Landscape, Abstract, People / Portrait, Travel, Close up / macro photography.
All the photos here have been reduced in size (1024×768) to load quickly and efficiently.
I find that by being creative with a camera and a lens provides me with an antidote to my everyday office working life in the heart of central London.
Photography for me is about
– People – ways of seeing – image interpretation which is a very subjective area. How you use the camera and lens to reflect what caught your eye. A forever evolving process.
By people I mean, not only those in front of the camera but those behind it.
All the people who dug the raw material from the crust of the earth to those who conceptualised the product, manufactured, marketed, financed, transported and finally sold to the consumer to use the “tool” and that’s how I view cameras and lenses as tools. Allowing us to portray this beautiful sphere floating in the solar system.
Cameras / equipment.
I like to use Nikon (full frame) and Olympus (micro 4/3rds) camera systems.
D810 camera body. Small and lightweight (compared to my old Nikon D3s) reasonably well built 36mg full frame (FX) camera. It has better dynamic range and exposure metering than my old D3s. But in my opinion it is not as well built. I do like the solid robust and masculine feel of Nikon’s Pro kit.
Nikon 50mm f1.8G lens = Very good value for money lens.
For the price point a real bargain. It should be in your collection.
Tamron 24-70 f2.8 G2 = Very good work horse of a lens, I love it !
A great focal range for travel and everyday photography.
Tamron 90mm macro = Very very good lens for the money.
Both lenses needed the – “Auto focus fine tuning” – adjusted on my D810.
Nikon SB900 flash unit = very good.
My Nikon D810 “Jpeg” camera settings
(Set picture control).
The above jpeg settings work for “snapping photos” with slight adjustments made in Adobe Camera RAW. If your going to take a serious landscape or portrait photo, then you will have to post process the RAW in either Photoshop or Lightroom.
Personally I prefer Adobe Camera Raw as opposed to Lightroom.
Pen F = Small and lightweight camera, create the image in the camera on the fly. Flick the knob on the front to pick the colour, flick the one on the back and change the highlights and shadows and other settings, what you see in the viewfinder id pretty much what you get. A very cool micro 4/3rd’s camera. Best of all I love its black and white rendering (My favourite is the mono profile 2 setting).
The Olympus Pen F has four main elements that I really like.
1: Colour wheel means no menu faffing about. Just turn the dial.
2: Black and white TriX look. – Mono Profile 2 –
3: Classic chrome film look. – Colour profile 2 –
4: 5 Axis image stabilisation. In a word brilliant.
The Olympus len’s are affordable, very compact with great image quality. I have had a quite a few of the primes, but I’m settled on these four.
Olympus 25mm f1.8 lens = love it – Small lightweight and sharp.
Olympus 75mm f.18 lens = love it – a great portrait lens / short tele lens.
Olympus 12/100 f4 lens = love it.
If you only want one lens, then this is the one !
You may need to add the grip to your Pen F camera to get a better
balance in the hand.
Samyang 7.5mm lens = very good, but you cant use it all the time.
Post processing software.
I use Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) in Photoshop CC to post process the images to “my taste”. I feel that is a really important point to grasp. Remember they are your / my images and it is your / my interpretation of the scene / subject that matters and not some fashion esque nonsense that is banded about on the internet.
If you want it verbatim then great, if you feel that some effect or mood should be added then that’s “your” prerogative.
In reality do a bit of both. it all depends on how I feel / my mood at the time.
Generally my aim is to produce 12 blog posts per year and some static page content when the time allows.
At the end of the calendar year I will delete the old posts and create a new set.
I use Peak Designs neck and wrist straps.
The the design of their products, make adjusting and changing from the neck strap to a wrist strap a doddle to use.
Well, I have to many! And none are perfect.
LowePro rucksack….I use this every day to and from work and for my photo gear.
Crumpler shoulder bag to knock about with.
Think Tank shoulder bag that is very useful when travelling through airports.
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