- : About me. : -
I've been a keen amateur photographer for a number of years and I finally made the leap to using a digital SLR in September 2007. I'd been considering making the transition for some time but had put the decision off due to cost but mostly indecisiveness. My real passion is for the natural world and the outdoors and hopefully, one day, I'll be able to make a living without working in an office. I relocated to Cornwall 7 years ago choosing to abandon the "excitement" of city life for a rural one. Despite the shock of realising that I now live in what has turned out to be of one the dampest places in the UK I've not regretted it.
My interests are primarily landscape and wildlife - mainly because I'm never happier than when I'm out of doors and I prefer animals and the countryside to people and towns. Please feel free to browse my galleries - should any of the images take your fancy they're available to purchase (see the prints and contact sections of this site). I'm hoping further down the line to introduce a proper shopping cart system to the site to make it even easier. If you'd like to use them any other way then please contact me. I'm more than happy to make them available for free to charitable organisations if credited - again contact me if you're interested.
Despite being a relative newcomer I hope that someone somewhere is inspired by one or two of the pictures I've taken and I also hope to share with you some of the lessons and techniques that I've stumbled on since I began.
I prefer to shoot RAW and make minor adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw before cropping and applying any final tweaks to curves in CS3. While many purists will no doubt take me to task for not always getting the image technically "perfect" at the time of exposure - this allows me to make minor adjustments for example where I've not quite got my exposure correct. I'm definitely not a fan of obvious photoshopping of images but processing your RAW images to get the correct white balance, saturation and exposure isn't a dishonest thing to do - it's a clever thing to do.
For me, photography is a way of sharing my love of the outdoors with others and gives me an excuse (not that I need one) to spend as much time as I can outside. Thankfully I have a supportive other half who doesn't ask too many questions when it comes to camera related outgoings and keeps an eye on our dogs when I'm otherwise distracted.
The aim of this web site is to share my passion for the outdoors and hopefully to give others some pleasure and inspiration through sharing my work. Its also been nice to employ some of my technical and design skills for something that interests me, rather than the rather dull world of business to business e-commerce, that I forged them in. Rather than use something designed by someone else for someone else I wanted to create something which suited my needs. I still do some freelance web design and development, so feel free to drop me a line if there's any work you'd like me to look at. I've separated my work into several galleries - so expect these to grow and become more numerous with time.
My personal choice of kit is Canon - I narrowed my options down to either Nikon or Canon - as these were the only two manufacturers offering the right range and quality of lenses. I plumped for Canon purely because I happen to know more Canon owners and so was able to thoroughly try before I bought and occasionally cheekily borrow the odd lens. Everyone has different styles and requirements and the best advice I can offer is to read up thoroughly before making any costly decisions. If you are interested in my thoughts on what I use and why there's information in the articles section of this web site with a summary of my choices and a detailed look where I've found it appropriate.
While good kit always helps, the most important person behind any image is the photographer - something that very often gets overlooked by internet pixel peepers and geardo's. So stop reading this and get out there and get shooting ! I always welcome feedback on any aspect of this site - from the design through to my photographs and my thoughts on how I like to take them.
I hope you find something of interest on your visit here.