"If you love what you do, you are already successful"

I have always been amazed how a moment in time can be captured and saved forever in a photograph. But it's not just the moment, but also the emotion felt during that moment that makes the memory, and that's what I try to capture.

As a child I would sit for hours, cross legged on the lounge carpet inserting Kodak slides into our hand held viewer, or holding up negatives to the window light,  and learn about my younger parents  or re-live our family holidays. My father was & still is a keen photographer and spent time trying to explain aperture and shutter speed to me. But I daren't really hold or even touch his expensive pieces of gadgetry and for years f-stops remained quite a mystery to me.

By the time I owned my first camera the trend lay very much toward compact automatic "point and shoot" kit. Then (not until my twenties), mobile phones took over and I never thought about all those things dad had tried to teach me about photography. I pointed. I pressed. But I always wanted to make a nice image.

I had a friend who owned a Fujifilm X-Pro2, and I was transfixed by its ergonomically designed dials and buttons, good looks, satisfying shutter release sound and interchangeable lenses. Of course being inquisitive and yes a little competitive, I thought, "I could do with one of those" and in April 2017 I purchased my beloved Fujifilm X-T20, and happily used it on full auto with the kit lens it came with. I took a basic course the following year, got to grips with the manual settings and put the theory into practice, and I haven't stopped learning and wanting to learn more about the art since.

Magazine subscriptions, YouTube videos, online tutorials, talking to as many people as I can, and lots of trial and error has brought me to where I am now. I have learnt that as long as I don't threaten anyone by looking like I might want to compete with them, there are lots of kind folk who are happy to talk geek and impart their knowledge. I have also learnt, that there are many who are racing to reach an unachievable aim, and I try to just quietly observe those. I have a long way to go - there are many excellent and highly talented photographers out there and many many more mediocre ones. I have much to be grateful for, to those I look up to and inspire me, and always more yet to learn.

I love time with my camera; planning, the outdoors, hiking, finding compositions, trying out techniques and tweaking in Lightroom. It is very much a hobby; anything I make is invested back into my photography.  I maintain my full time job as an oncology researcher  but maybe, one day,  I will be able to re-dress the balance of time spent in the basement office with more time spent out in the field with my camera, doing what I love.

My photography gear

Body:     Fujifilm X-T3 

               Nikon D810

Lenses: Fujinon 56mm f1.2

               Fujinon 23mm f2 

               Fujinon 10-24mm f4 

               Fujinon 50-140mm f2.8

               Nikkor 24-120mm

               Nikkor 700-300

Filters:  Lee system circular polariser

              Big Stopper  (10 stop) ND

              B+W 1.8 (6-stop) ND 

              1.2 (4-stop)  Medium Grad 

              0.9 (3-stop)  Hard Grad  

              0.6 (2-stop)  Medium Grad   

Tripod:  3 Legged Thing Winston

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