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Who am I? 

Hi. I’m a self-taught photographer from Birmingham, UK. Why do I take photos? Simply put, It is a huge passion of mine! I love the whole craft as an expressive art. Not just seeing the finished image. I’m talking about preparing my equipment, putting my camera into my hand, finding a location, setting the controls, the sound of the shutter, editing the image and finally, the finished image. I love it all! I mainly photograph landscapes and cityscapes, but am keenly interested in other types as you’ll find out later.

How did it all start? 

As a child, cameras for me were those expensive things that grown-ups had. Every family event and every school event had the ‘camera man’. After an event some pictures would appear and we’d say something along the lines of ‘I remember that, that’s nice’. 

Camera Phones

My first camera. The SonyEricsson k750 (released in 2005) Featured a 2.0 megapixel sensor and an LED flash.

During the early 2000’s digital Cameras became a standard feature of mobile phones. This opened up a whole new world to me. I could take photos and carry a camera around everywhere with me! And I could afford a ‘camera’. Wow! My first camera phone was a SonyEricsson K750 which featured a 2 megapixel camera. It was voted best phone camera of 2005. Not much by today’s standards, but enough to spark an interest in taking photos. Things got even better with the development of smartphones and apps. Higher quality sensors and apps such as Instagram, snapseed and VSCO meant that I could edit photos and instantly share them with others.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (released in 2014), with its 16 megapixel sensor and a 2.2 aperture lens. 

Dedicated cameras

Eventually, my father offered to help me with getting a dedicated camera. I haven’t looked back. I currently use micro four thirds cameras. Why? They may not be able to capture as much detail as the highest end full frame DSLR, but for me they strike a very good balance between high quality images, direct physical controls, portability and comfort. I am not advocating one type of camera over another. There are pros and cons to all. Some photographers love DSLRs, others exclusively use smartphones, this system has worked for me and helped me to enjoy the craft without worrying too much about bulk and weight. That’s the wonderful thing about any art, nobody uses the same pencil or brush in the same way to produce exactly the same image in the same context.

The Olympus omd-em1. Plenty of manual controls in a light and portable package. 

Here are some of the images I’ve been able to capture using this system.

I’ll be posting more pictures of my travels, along with articles on the things I’ve learned about photography. Keep visiting…. There’s a bit of information about myself and how I got into photography. Special thanks to my wife for always being supportive of my efforts, my father for the help with getting a camera, my mother for the encouragement to keep at it, and Glenn Brookes for the tips on taking good pictures.

Hooray! My first blog! Thank you for taking the time to read this. Feel free to send comments, I’d appreciate hearing your thoughts and experiences a lot.

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