about
Photographer, artist and geek, my camera and computer are equals.
My work ranges from untouched photographs to experimental abstract digital transformations; from planned long-term projects to opportunistic shots.
I come from a mainly scientific background, with degrees in biology and computing science, and I worked for several years in both fields before photography became increasingly important to me.
Photography has enabled me to combine my skills and passions. Read on for my approach to my work......
faq
What camera do you use?
A Canon 5D Mark II and an assortment of lenses when my shoulders are feeling up to it. Otherwise the lighter Canon 100D with a Tamron 16-300mm lens to avoid changing lenses. I also have a couple of compact cameras; a Canon G12, and a Panasonic TZ70 which has a bigger zoom. And, of course, my trusty cell phone a Google Nexus 4, which has a great little camera and which I love using. It's quite liberating to occasionally grab opportunistic 'snaps' and hope for the best! ​
Software?
Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC for the serious editing, Photoshop more often than not. However I use Picasa for the preliminary screening of my photos as the tools are great for whizzing through the day's haul and making very quick adjustments to assess a photo's potential.
Colour or black and white?
It depends - mainly on what drew me to the subject matter in the first place. I love colour but also love the drama of black and white. If colour is the initial attraction, and it often is, it stays that way. If colour detracts or if I am after mood or drama I will probably change it to monochrome.
So what about editing?
I don't have any qualms about enhancing an image. If it's good enough for Ansel Adams it's good enough for me - he manipulated his images heavily. Ok, I do it in the digital darkroom rather than the traditional one but it's just a different skill. And take a look at how Magnum iconic images were marked up and edited for printing in the darkroom. These changes are particularly noticeable in the photo of Audrey Hepburn. So it's not new and it's not cheating. In many cases it's just an attempt to make the image closer to that perceived by the eye, and that is very subjective. However skilled the photographer, the camera and the eye see things differently. 
Editing - where do you stop?
Adding to or removing things from the image? I am not a fan, not for my kind of image making anyway. It's personal preference, but as soon as I learn that, say a boring sky has been swopped for a more interesting one, I lose interest. I prefer an image to be a true record of a scene and the times. I like the detail and that may include the things that aren't meant to be there! They often help date the photo and put it intp context.
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