I retired from my work as a software developer after spending nearly 30 years in electronics and IT. I always enjoyed messing with computers and began an interest in photography when I was at school. So a hobby/semi pro photography pastime was an obvious choice for me.
I attended a part time two year City and Guilds college course and joined the excellent local Cheltenham Camera club. My involvement in photographic projects has until recently been steady with annual away trips carefully planned in advance. Some recent health issues has slowed me down a bit but I hope to speed up again soon.
I live in Cheltenham in England which is at the heart of the Cotswold area. I try to make the best of the local features and visitor spots here. There are a good number of National Trust houses and gardens as well as Arboreta and Steam railways, nature parks and pretty villages to choose from. The photo of me was taken a while back now by Graham Mealand and shows me playing about on the Malvern hills with my sturdy old Mamiya 220 film wide format camera. I started taking pictures of all sorts when I joined the Cheltenham Camera Club. After a few years I had made some progress and having won the intermediate aggregate competition for prints two years on the trot I had a stab at gaining my CPAGB. I managed that OK. By now I had decided that my best work was probably in the church architecture field. My work was winning awards and I enjoyed doing it. I used my Tilt & Shift lens and applied HDR techniques to get the best results.
Left is one of my most successful images, a view from the bridge in Liverpool Cathedral. The image was built from 9 images made up of three sets of three. Each set was taken using the T&S 24mm Canon lens using the shift to take three images (centre, left and right shift) each of an upper , middle and lower slice of the vertical plane. Each of the 9 images were in turn HDR images made up of 5 shots each. So altogether 45 images were combined using HDR and Photoshop stitching techniques. On the right is an image of the Chancel in Cheltenham's All saints' church, another successful and popular image. As a general rule I tend to spend 2-3 days photographing a cathedral. There are a lot of similar images in my church galleries and I plan to continue to travel to other locations and attempt to get collections that I am content with.
Landscapes. On the left is Tintern at dawn one autumn in the Wye valley and on the right is a shot from the top of Mam Tor in Derbyshire. Typically I will visit an area in the UK for up to a week. National Parks such as the Peaks, the Lakes, Pembrokeshire and Exmoor for example. Here are a couple of examples; there are many more in my galleries.
When the opportunity arises I photograph wild birds
and birds in flight. There are several centres supporting owls and raptors near me including the International Centre for Birds of Prey. ICBP. The WWT wetlands centre at Slimbridge is a 20 minute drive from here.
I have a homemade macro system made using an old scanner and a raspberry pi computer. I enjoy experimenting with lighting and abstractions too.
Black and white work is also something I enjoy doing and I am fortunate to have the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire railways near me as well as the Black Country museum an hours drive away
This Credit from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain applies to club photography and a member is eligible to take the test after a 2 year membership and acceptance of images submitted to an annual exhibition. The images in the submission for the award are marked by a panel of 6 judges and each picture can be awarded a total of 30 points. To achieve the award the photographer must accrue 200 of a maximum 300 for the 10 prints. I managed 225 points. Below are the 10 images comprising my entry.
Canon 5D MK III, Canon 7D Mk I, Canon G9, Canon 24-105 mm IS f4L, Canon 70-200mm IS f4L, Canon 50mm f1.8, Canon TSE 24mm, Canon 400mm f5.6L, Canon MPE 65, Sigma 150mm f2.8 EX macro,Sigma 12-24mm f4.5 - 5.6