About

“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera…they are made with the eye, heart and head.”

  Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

I grew up in Weymouth Dorset and have fond memories of summer holidays on Weymouth beach.  I spent many long walks out with my grandfather and I believe this is where my love for being out in nature first came about.  I studied Catering at Weymouth College and alongside this  I took a short course in photography. I used a borrowed Brownie camera and spent a little time in the dark room.  I would have loved to have been able to paint but lacked the patience required, so I turned to cameras to capture the moment and the beauty I see in the landscape. 

 

It was not until 2009, when I purchased my first digital camera, that I got really hooked.  I moved to Worthing in 1994 and live about a five minute walk from the seafront and the beach has been my learning ground.  In those early days I would be out everyday, sometimes twice a day and for me it was the best way to learn. 

 

I have two teenage children and work as a self employed bookkeeper.  My passion and obsession for photography has to fit around a busy lifestyle so dawn before work and dusk after dinner can work out well.  In the early days of going out with my camera I would often miss the sunset and that is how I first recognised the beauty at twilight. I see the most amazing light and skies at these times of the day. I find it such an uplifting experience and feel truly privileged when I can capture the scenes I witness to an acceptable level on my digital camera.

 

At times I enter competitions and I have had some recognition and accolades.

My kit: Canon 5d mark II and Canon lens 24-105mm, Canon lens 100 – 400 mk II, Sigma 105mm Macro, Benro Tripod, Giotto tripod, extension tube for close up work and a reflector.  Lee filter Starter Kit, a Hoya Polariser, a Lee 10 stop ND and a Lee 6 stop ND. I have a Canon 50d that has been converted to infrared.  Occasionally I use a Canon 100d with any of the above lenses.

I Shoot in RAW format and use Lightroom and Photoshop through Adobe Creative Cloud for editing.

 As my first love is to be out in the landscape I try to get the shot right in camera as much as possible all images need some editing but I try to keep it to a minimum. My aim in editing is to give the viewer the impression of reality, how I saw the scene, unless I am working on something for the abstract gallery.

 

The image below was taken on a workshop with David Noton at Corfe in Dorset, Corfe in the mist a special morning.

 

 

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 Image courtesy of David Noton Photography