I am quite proud of a number of these photographs; on the other hand many are really quite ordinary.
Since December 2015 I have been using Olympus mirrorless cameras and micro four thirds lenses. In 2015 I bought an Olympus OMD-EM10 (mark 1) following Olympus’ brilliant marketing at Copenhagen Fashion Week in August 2015, when they lent me one for an afternoon. In October 2018 I upgraded to an Olympus OMD-EM1 (also mark 1), but have kept and still use the OMD-EM10.
My lenses are a 14-42mm f3.5-f5.6 pancake zoom and a 40-150mm f4.0-f5.6 zoom, to which I have now added 2 prime lenses, a 25mm f1.8 and a 45mm f1.8. In November 2019 I succumbed to a ‘Black Friday’ deal and bought a 60mm macro lens. In the micro four-thirds system, a focal length of 25mm is equivalent to 50mm, 45mm to 90mm etc.
Sometimes I also use a small Vivitar Vivicam 7500i, and of course my mobile phone.
From 2004 to 2015 I used “bridge” cameras: a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 14 MP, with 24 x zoom and before that a Konica Minolta Dimage Z3 3MP and a Konica Minolta Dimage Z1 3MP.
Finally, I have also recently bought on eBay a second-hand 1982 vintage Olympus OM2 film camera, with 50mm lens, and separately a 75-250mm Bell & Howell zoom lens to go with it. Occasionally I will show photographs taken on film with that camera. I had an OM2 that I bought in 1982 or 1983, but sold about 15 years ago – something I came to wish I had not done.
I used only to do a little post processing using Photoshop or even Microsoft Office Picture Manager. I have recently (October 2018) started to use Skylum Luminar photo editing software. In composition, my aim is to get the picture right ‘in the camera’ and to minimise tinkering with the image in the computer. I have recently started shooting and processing ‘raw’ images.
Update January 2020:
I now have a very much more powerful computer, which is able to process RAW image files quickly using Luminar 4. My old laptop was taking at least 5 minutes to open an image file, make simple adjustments, and then save. The improved speed of ‘The Beast’ is a revelation.
I have been watching tutorials on YouTube by Jim Nix and as a result I am putting rather more work into processing the images.
Please feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!
updated 28 April 2020
I own the copyright in all the photographs on this site*. If you would like to use any of them please ask using the contact form below. I may be willing to supply the original digital file.
*with the exception of a small number taken by members of my family, in which case credit has been given.