Photography

I intend to add photographs here as time goes by but in the meantime you can check out my photographs on the following sites

Flickr

Instagram

I’ve been interested in photography for as long as I can remember. I remember winning a photography competition by accident when I was a Scout using my Dad’s old Halina camera. I was meant to be taking a picture of our dog for the pets section but she moved before I clicked the shutter and the resulting photo was entered in the landscape section instead! My Dad loaned me that camera when I wanted to be able to take pictures at concerts back in the 70s – My first attempt was at a Rory Gallagher concert

It was because of this picture that I got my first proper camera which was a Zenith E. I loved that camera and I took some great shots with it. I took it to concerts and all over Europe but it started to wear out and needed replacing – I still have it somewhere though!

Then after a trip to America I bought myself a Nikon 301. It was a good camera but it was fully automatic – no manual wind. I then bought myself a Nikon FE second hand. I went into a camera shop to buy a roll of film and came out with it!!

In amongst these I also had a couple of Olympus XAII’s to use as a point and shoot camera. When my second one died I bought a Kodak DX3500 digital. I realised that I liked digital photography because you could take as many pictures as you like without having to worry about processing costs. I also like the options it gives you to manipulate the images you take.

In 2006 we went to Australia and while we were there I realised how much I wanted a decent digital camera. My little Kodak was ok but it was quite limited. It takes nice pictures in daylight but struggles inside. It didn’t have a zoom or any control over aperture or shutter speed.

So when I came back from OZ I kept a look out for a Fuji S602 on ebay – a friend had one and he said they were really good so I decided to go for one. I used this camera for about 2 years and had some success with it but after a while I started to notice it’s limitations.

My next camera was a Fuji Finepix S9600 which is supposed to be one of the best non DSLR cameras around. However I still wanted a Nikon DSLR and I eventually bought a D300 second hand in January 2016

I also use my cameraphone a lot – I’ve had HTC and Samsung phones but the current one is a Google Pixel.

I’ve recently got back into analogue photography and have built up a collection of old cameras bought from eBay or Charity shops or picked up on Freegle/Freecycle