// Early 2005 //
Started my interest in photography, from going on walks in and around my local area ( Berkshire UK) snapping various shots using my phone's (Nokia 6230) camera.
Although great fun, it soon became apparent that I was very limited with the quality of shots that the camera phone could take. So wanting to expand my photography skills, I decided to purchase the FujiFinePix S5500.
// Mid 2006 //
I bought two additional lens/filters to experiment with, a Macro (close-up) lens as well as Infra-red filter, which have both given really interesting effects / compositions.
// November 2007 //
I realised that I had learnt as much as I could with my FujiFinePix S5500 and found that I was hitting limitations of what I could achieve for certain shots. So after a long period of researching various cameras I decided to purchase the Nikon D300 to allow me to progress my learning further, as this camera had the functionality to allow me to get the shots I required.
Now armed with this new camera I have started to try out new types of Photography, especially HDR (High Dynamic Range) which combines a series of shots at varying exposures, to capture as much tonal information as possible, which are then merged into one file that maps the full range of luminance across the final image.
// August 2009 //
After a long wait I decided to bite the bullet and bought myself a Macro lens, which I had been after
for over a year. I opted for the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105 f/2.8G IF-ED as this would give me a
greater working distance from my subjects and it had the additional benifit of having Vibration Reduction
as well. Keep a look out in my Main Gallery for new images taken with this lens.
// July 2010 //
After being asked by a friend to shoot their wedding later in the year I decided to splash out on a
new lens with a large aperture to help me shoot in low light. So after a bit of time reserching I decided
to opt for the Tamron SP AF17-50 f/2.8 XR DiII VC lens.
The reason I chose this len was because it was £700 ukp cheaper than the Nikon lens in this range
and it also offered Vibration Correction, so when shooting hand held I can drop to a slower shutter speed.