I love photography. I always have. When I was young, I didn't really have the means to do much but I read everything the local library had on the subject. My first photos were terrible. But I didn't care, the concept was amazing to me. A snapshot of time. A visual reminder of a past event. The photos on this site are from the digital age. From digital cameras I have owned or have been in my family. Of course I have pictures taken on film. And in the future I hope to add some to this site.
Below is a chronology of cameras that were used to take the pictures on this site. It is a modest collection. They say the best camera is the one you have, and I agree wholeheartedly.
I hope you enjoy looking my photos as much as I enjoyed creating them.
Digital Camera Evolution
My first digital camera was the Canon Powershot A60. It was a measly 2mp but well regarded in its time. I enjoyed the thrill of being able to see my results instantly!!
I upgraded from the A60 to the Canon PowerShot A610. I loved the reticulated LCD which helped me get over the heads in crowds. I really enjoyed this camera. I could go fully manual and play with aperture and shutter. Its beauty was in its simplicity.
I got this Fuji FinePix S5700 on a whim. It was a good price and the lens on the A610 was not retracting properly. I enjoyed the long zoom and quality pictures, but the focus and menus were slower than the Canon. I really had to work hard to get good pictures from this camera, so I didn't keep it long.
This K-x was my first DSLR. I bought it in April 2010. I remember using Pentaxs at school and the kx was reviewed highly so I bought it with a Sigma 17-70 Macro lens.
I sold the Pentax and bought a secondhand Nikon D200 in October 2011. It was 5 years older than the K-x, but despite its age it had given me more creative freedom through advanced features such as the ability to synch flash up to 1/250 and attach synch cords/remote triggers etc. It's also build like a tank. I'd acquired both a nifty-fifty and 35mm f1.8 which were sharp sharp sharp, a 70-210 f4 which opened the telephoto world up for me. I also had a 12-24 f4 wide angle zoom which was amazing for big sky landscapes.
My latest camera is the venerable Fujifilm X100s. Ever since the X100 came out I was intrigued. It was near impossible to get your hands on one as they were always on back order. When the X100s came out, the temptation became to great , so in early December 2013 I sold up my DSLR kit for this fixed lens rangefinder. It's early days and my learning curve has been steep. I have to unlearn some of my DSLR habits. Some things frustrate me, but the rewards have been worth it so far. There is a sense of freedom, of liberation that comes with one small camera and one lens.
The X100s is great but I found that I wasn't getting what I wanted in the studio with it. I took some great portraits with my trusty D200, and the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 produced the look I liked. Don't get me wrong, the Fuji does studio fine, but with the 35mm equivalent FoV it was a little short for those head and shoulder shots.
I'd been hunting eBay and the local classifieds for a reasonable used full frame DSLR for a while and finally found an immaculate 5D mark II with less than 700 shots. It was like a new camera and at a price I could afford. Some of my favourite photographers used or were still using this camera. Yes, I understand it's limitations - particularly for focusing, but in a studio environment it was exactly what I needed.