I was born in Scotland and my home town is Auctermuchty, Fife. Scotland provides a unique environment for landscape photography, I believe, and I like to visit in the autumn or winter.
I enjoy studying and learning from professionals by attending lectures, reading articles, visiting exhibitions but most importantly by getting out there into the landscape. Travel offers many photographic opportunities, sometimes unexpectedly which makes travel so interesting - different cultures, languages, climate and landscape but most important, the people that you meet. Although landscape and travel photography are my main interest I enjoy also sports photography, although this is a casual interest.
Before visiting a landscape location I undertake, and enjoy, planning the trip by studying maps, the photographer's epheremis, local information etc. However, when on location there is much to be decided upon in order to decide upon the most suitable composition for the topography and make best use of the all important light. I find the work of that great English landscape painter, J M W Turner, such an inspiration and very worthy of his title as "the painter of light.
" I enjoy taking my time when on location, to experience the environment apart from the photography. I am a great believer in making full use of the camera's capability in the production of the landscape image and thereby minimizing post-processing. During a day's photography I am happy to have achieved two or three good images from a couple of locations. I find that there are many opportunities to be discovered just by walking around the area before deciding on my composition.
In May 2010 I gained my Licentiateship Distinction qualification, LRPS, to the Royal Photographic Society www.rps.org
. The necessary planning and preparation for the assessment of my panel of 10 photographs made me appreciate the disciplined approach needed through the whole process from image capture to print. I was successful in September 2016 with my Associateship Distinction qualification with the RPS with a panel of 15 photographs of The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in East Kent.
My cameras are a Nikon D750 and D90 DSLR cameras, which I use with a Gitzo GT3532LS tripod and Manfrotto 410 junior geared head and RC4 L bracket together with a small selection of Nikon lenses [24-70 mm f2.8, 70-200 mm f2.8, 85 mm f1.4 prime and 105 mm f2.8 micro], a Zeiss Distagon 2/25 ZF.2 prime lens,1.4 Nikon teleconverter, Lee filter system [ND including the 10 "big stopper", ND graduated hard and soft filters and polariser], B+W screw 0.9ND and cable release. For exposure settings I use a Pentax hand-held spot meter.
I undertake my own printing, using an inkjet EPSON R3000 which prints up to A3 size. Printing is probably the most important and challenging part of my workflow and certainly requires much practice in order to produce the image in print that I viewed some time ago when on location. For post-processing RAW images I use Photoshop with an I-Mac computer and separate Eizo non-reflective screen.
Please contact me if you would like to purchase any of my photographs as prints, with or without mounts. Currently I use four types of high quality archival paper; Epson Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, Fotospeed Smooth Cotton SC300 which provides a 'painterly' image, Permajet Oyster 271 and Permajet Fine Art Fibre Base Royal Gloss 310. The inks for the Epson printer are Epson K3 inks, which are durable anode superior quality. The mounts are cut from 3 mm antique white card with a neutral ph non-acidic white core, which is reputed to remain white for over 100 years if kept out of direct sunlight. Postage and packing can be arranged worldwide. Against each sale I will make a substantial contribution to the charity www.soschildrensvillages.co.uk
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