All About Me

ITS ALL ABOUT ME:

I first became interested in photography when I was about 16 when I bought a fabulous second hand Pentax K1000 and joined Lesmahagow Camera Club. As this was a completely manual camera (the only automatic function it had was a basic light meter) I had to quickly grasp the principles behind exposure and focus, otherwise ended up with no images, which is generally a bit discouraging! I progressed from taking snaps to developing and printing them and became fairly competent in the basics. Unfortunately I didn’t developed into a great printer and my results were never as punchy and contrasty as I would have liked, being more gray and white rather than black and white. Thank you photoshop!

I then went to college in Dundee and while I continued to take photos with my boyfriend, Michael, most of the reels of film never got developed as we were impoverished students and there were more important things to spend our meager funds on – like food! Photography was consigned to back-burner until studies were complete and careers were started. Although I did take some interesting shots of fungi and other microbial growth in the hulls of the Frigate Unicorn and HMS Discovery for my final year thesis, these had neither much artistic nor documentary merit and served only as a record as to where the sample cores were taken. I did however have fairly decent shot of the Unicorn’s figurehead on the front of the thesis to try and gain a few extra marks for presentation – style over content was my mantra even then!

In the mid 1990’s, when digital cameras started to emerge onto the market, Michael & I, with characteristic interest in new technology, decided to sell all of our old film equipment and buy a new fangled 1Megapixle Olympus Camedia compact. This was pretty much disastrous for our hobby – I hated not having the control I had over depth of field and shutter speed and the technical decision making process that for me makes a photograph something more than a snap shot were lost. While the cost benefits of not having to develop the films was an immediate benefit, there was no real end product and printing was difficult; the quality of bubblejet printing was pretty poor and dye sublimation was expensive. For me, the whole point of photography is to produce a print and so my interest in photography, died for about 10 years.

Then in 2002 Michael and I moved over to South Wales and a combination of inspiring landscape, some disposable income from some contract work I undertook over and above the day job and Canon releasing the first sub £1000 digital SLR in the form of the EOS 300D rekindled my interest. We joined Swansea Camera Club in 2004 and got swept along into a whole new emerging world of Camera’s, photoshop, sensors, printers, colour management etc. Slowly, by entering monthly club competitions, attending RPS evenings and workshops, submitting to international salons and reading every magazine and book I could lay my hands on, my work has slowly improved. I was awarded the distinction of becoming an Associate of the Royal Photography Society in October 2008; the highlight of my photographic journey so far. My challenge now is to continue finding my own photographic voice, to develop my own style and discover new inspiration.


EQUIPMENT:

Canon 1DS mk lllplus a Canon 5D converted to capture Infra Red
Canon 17 Tilt & shift - silly silly lens :-)
Canon 24–105 F4L – fabulous general purpose lens for full frame capture
Canon 70–200 F2.8L – heavy but stunning quality (worth the loss of feeling in arm!)
Canon 105 F2.8 Macro – again, bitingly sharp
Canon 580Ex speedlite & 430 speedlight – I really should use these more (as I was told in my ARPS adjudication), but I need to spend the time getting over my fear of flash)
Manfrotto Neotec tripod – heavy but the only support I can cope with thanks to its lack of locks and levers.