Since purchasing a Kodak Brownie 127 at a jumble sale for 5p when I was 8 I have been hooked on photography. It took 2 weeks of badgering my parents to buy some film for it but eventually they relented and I used it up in about 2 hours. My first shot was of some coot chicks on their nest and the addiction grew from there. In the next few years I bought many cameras from jumble sales and eventually got my first SLR, a Zenit E. At the time my junior school had a little photography club and a dark room. When you are 10 and see your photographs magically appear on a piece of paper you never forget it, even if it was a dodgy pic of a cat on a post with a wonky horizon. Hours were spent in the darkroom learning the skills and getting dizzy on the fumes. By the time I was 19 the digital revolution had begun but I doggedly stuck to film for quite some time. Many thought that odd as I was an IT and gadget geek but I never felt that anything of the time could match the film bodies and in particular my EOS 3. It wasn't until Canon released the 30D that I was happy(ish). The AF was a step down as was the metering but the freedom to snap away was a revelation. No more did I have to worry about the cost of film. Gone were the days of waiting for the chemist to return your prints only to find either you or them had mucked up. My collection of film cameras now sit locked away in the darkness, a long gone technology but still one remembered with fondness.
Aside from my children, my time is taken up with cycling, windsurfing, a bit more windsurfing and a lot of wildlife photography. To be good at photographing people you need a certain empathy with them, as a miserable git I have none of that so tend to avoid that area. Landscapes can be fun but I get bored waiting hours for the right light so only shoot if I find a shot by chance. Windsurfing and other sports on water I love to shoot but it does detract from getting out and doing it. Mostly these days I photograph wildlife and particularly the macro world as that can be done at any time of day in any conditions. I am addicted but have so much to learn. There are so many wonderful photographers out there that I can only aspire to being half as good as. Until then I will keep writing about my journey and hoping it helps me improve.
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