Hi Steve and Brandon. Thanks for all you do. I have been visiting your sight each day for years – I have actually forgotten when I discovered it – at least a few years now. You have helped to create a great sharing community of talented and generous photographers – thanks!
I have gone to write a post for you a number of times but instead – hesitated. I didn’t really think I had much to offer. I am just one of MANY photographers who is passionate about taking pictures and sharing them. I have been inspired to have a crack at my own site and get out and take photos of my own. It is not my talent I want to showcase – it is this great place we live in and the things I see I want to share.
I started taking photos many years ago with a Kodak instamatic 126 camera – still have it. My Dad was and still is a passionate photographer today. He used Leica’s with a range of Leica and Voigtlander lenses. He shot mainly B&W and colour transparency film. He shot a lot of work for the Australian National Trust and helped in the production of a few book publications created by the Trust. On the odd occasion I “helped” him lug gear and lights into some historic houses that he photographed.
I still remember his photographic club, which met in our house in Caringbah (Sydney) on a Friday night where slides would be shared through Dad’s Leica projector. Food and drink were laid on the table and sharing ideas was the order of the evening. I snuck into the lounge room on more than one occasion in my “jarmies” to plead for a piece of Mums cooking. I even remember the smell of the projector lamp burning to illuminate the slides on the glass-beaded screen that we had. Even waiting for the slides to pop and stretch in the mount to a flat surface in the projector brought me joy – watching them poop into clear and sharp focus as the heat stretched the slide in the mount!
He taught me so much and later we would venture into his darkroom where we would develop the negatives and print the prints using his Leica FOCOMAT 1c enlarger – which I still have today…The magic of seeing the prints appear on blank paper brought me such excitement and satisfaction I will never forget. It is amazing how the smell of photo chemicals still ignites the memories of these times working under the red safety light with my father.
To my fathers disgust I purchased my first self-funded camera – a Nikon FE with a 50mm 1.8 lens in 1980. I spent so much of my money on films and processing them – though I learnt a great deal. My favourite film was Ilford PAN F 50. So clean and grain free. I used my trusty Nikon for nearly 20 years – only adding a 28mm and an 80-200mm zoom as I became interested in concert photography. I loved to push process Kodak Ectachrome professional to 1600 ISO. I had a favourite place where I could drop them off straight after the concernt on the way home and collect them the next day in Sydney.
I do not fit the demographic of this web site as I still shoot my Nikon monster SLR. I have been tempted to venture into a rangefinder though I am very happy with what my D800e produces for me. My main area of interest now lies in Landscape photography – but being a hobby photographer I also get asked to photograph events both at my school, friends weddings, family celebrations and Church events. I also love to dabble in portraiture work though my family have grown tired of me using them as models. I need a camera that can be used in a variety of situations with a variety of lenses. I need to be sure and comfortable with what I can be sure to capture. I tried a few smaller sensor cameras although I was disappointed in the results after I had viewed the results. The rendering of the Nikon is something I am used to and I have grown accustomed to processing them – I am still learning. Needless to say – I have also invested over the years in Nikon mount lenses and use them still today.
I try to stay fit and healthy in order to “lug” my SLR kit to various locations in my back pack. I need to as my passion has now developed beyond places that are easily reached by car or short walks. I love being active and seeing this amazing world God has created for us to enjoy!
I do admit I have gone back to my favourite focal length – 28mm and splurged last year on a manual focus Zeiss 28.2. I love it and the images it renders. I still love the 16-35 Nikon for my Landscape work as I regularly use Lee ND grads to help with exposures.
My passion for photography continues to grow and I still love getting out there and sharing a little of what I see with those who are willing to take the time to look at and share my photos. Many times have I been on the coast after getting up at 3:00am while on holidays to get to that special place just in time to witness the starting of a new day where the sun greets me and ignites the sky! Each day is so different. On a few occasions I have spoken out loud saying “look at that” but the only company I have had has been with God alone. I bring my pictures home to my family and share my experiences with them and friends. There are certain things, which are meant to be shared.
One thing is for sure – the more I learn about capturing places through photography the more I realise I don’t know. Guess the old quote “Mans knowledge is not measured by what he knows but by what he doesn’t know” is so true. I have so much still to learn.
“So many photos – so little time.”
Thanks for taking the time…
My site is listed below – enjoy having a browse…I like many others have given myself a 365 day challenge – a new photo every day from 2015.
Narrawallee Sunrise in the south Coast of NSW – I’m always searching for that perfect spot. These rocks and tones were just amazing as the sun started to rise.
Wollongong Harbour – first light 1st January 2014. A few guys taking their first swim for the year. I wanted them to move although after looking at the shots it adds some perspective and balance…sometimes our plans change and are out of our control. A good lesson…
At the start of this year I walked to the top of Ben Lomond Summit in New Zealand above Queenstown. On the way up was fog and low cloud. Nothing to be seen. On the way down I got to see what I missed in the early hours of the morning – spectacular. The view from the top was stunning – just poking through the clouds. The panorama is on my web site…enjoy!
The old Rock Pools near Northbeach Wollongong – a panorama of a number of shots on a really pretty morning.
Belmore Basin in Wollongong – another panorama in the late afternoon. So much happening in this: a wedding photo shoot on the pier, weighing a shark on the far outer wharf and others taking photos on a cool and peaceful afternoon. Too good not to capture.
thanks once again Steve,