Buying my first digital camera (a Sony compact) in 2005 revived an old interest in photography. I have no preference for specific subjects - just happy to experiment with anything that interests me and try to produce good representations of what I see.
I try to keep digital editing to a minimum and haven't yet ventured into digital manipulation or creation.
I changed to a DSLR Sony a100 in mid 2007 and then to a Sony a700 late in 2008.This was uprated to a Sony a65 in 2013 as a result of winning first prize in the Cheshire Life magazine photographic competition.
In 2008 a friend suggested I enter the Travel Photographer Of The Year competition and I was lucky enough to have two photos, Lake Chuzenji (in my Japan gallery) and Don Quijote's Windmills (in my Spain gallery) in the final fifteen images. Lake Chuzenji won a First Prize in the First Shot category.
Another image reached the final shortlist for Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2009,
Easter Sunday Dawn (in The River gallery).
Third prize in Cheshire Life magazine 2011 photographic competition.
First prize ( a DSLR camera) in the Cheshire Life magazine 2012 photographic competition.
I've now had a number of photos published including four full page features in Digital Photographer magazine. The subjects being Wales, Devon, Sydney, and North Wales.I also did a photoshoot on the Jurassic Coast which was used as a four page feature article. Additionally another dozen or so images have been published during the last year. The latest are shots of Chester and North Wales featured in Cheshire Life magazine. Lancashire Life have also used a shot of The Red Arrows.
Digital SLR magazine has also published images and four more shots were featured in Outdoor Photography published by Imagine Publishing.
Journey 3 book of TPOTY also published the Lake Chuzenji image.
I've written illustrated travel articles for www.better-photographs.com about The Lake District, Snowdonia, Sydney and New Zealand.
I live in Chester in the NW of England which is ideally placed for Snowdonia, the Peak District, and the Lake District.
I do like this quote from David Bailey (although painters may not agree).
"It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary"