Like many my journey into photograpy started when I was in my teens. I suppose my first serious camera was Polaroid Instamatic. I was hooked! I joined the Royal Navy in 1974 and decided that I should have a 35mm. Like many my first, on a fairly small budget, 35mm was a Russian Zenit; mine was a E. I have still got a Zenit 11 now. I went on to record my travels around the world with this and a succession of point and shoot film cameras.
I do remember getting very frustrated over the years with the ever increasing cost of film and processing. This always inhibited ones ability to learn by making mistakes. Inevitably my interest wained and my photography was limited to the odd snap shot of a family "event". My interest was re-kindled when digital became affordable, well relatively so.
It was on a trip to Australia that I first came across digital photography. The family and I were on a day trip to Brisbane and the film had just run out in the PAS. We wandered into a shopping mall and came across
As the cost of digital continued to fall and the sophistication of the devices increased it was inevitable that I dreamt once again of a "better" camera. Weird that isn't it? There's always something better that you just must have! Anyway I eventually bought a Canon A75. Over the next few years this PAS albeit with some manual control, satisfied my photographic needs.
In 2007 my daughter started a photography A Level at the local College. She really needed a digital SLR. Well that's what I told the wife! I did the research and came up with a Nikon D40. What a great little camera. If I wasn't hooked before I certainly was now. The trouble was my daughter also needed a camera!!!! We did manage to share for a while, but it was never going to be enough.
I now shoot almost exclusively with a Nikon D7000. Like Rob I can't get enough of the wonderful part of the world we both live in. The local landscape is a glorious place to photograph and it constantly changes with season and light; re-visiting local beauty spots is really not a problem. I also enjoy the macro world of photography. My macro kit is not that sophisticated, but it gives me a view into the minature world of plants and insects.
Thanks for taking the time to look at the site and I hope it has given you as much pleasure in viewing it as it has me putting together the photographs. Both Rob and I are keen to meet up with fellow enthuisiasts so drop us a line if you're in the area.