I'm a retired Wirral fire-fighter with a passion for digital photography in both colour, black and white and infrared. A self-taught photographer I became interested in digital photography in 2004.
My first camera, the Sony F717 bridge camera introduced me to the "instant" world of digital photography. The Sony F717 had an electronic viewfinder and being digital it was the perfect photographic tool for me to learn photography with as it allowed me to instantly see the effects that changes made to the shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity and white balance had on the image in the viewfinder before taking the shot. The live histogram also helped in this respect and with no costly film processing to worry about I could make my mistakes, reshoot and learn fast.
It also introduced me to the world of digital infrared photography by accident through use of the cameras "Nightshot" mode with an R72 infrared and NDx4 filter attached to the lens and it’s an interest that’s grown into a passion over the years.
I soon outgrew the Sony F717 and progressing through the Sony A700 DSLR and Sony A77 SLT cameras, I made the switch to the Sony A7mk2 E mount full frame camera in 2015.
My love of infrared continues and A Sony A200 which was permanently converted to the 720nm wavelength of infrared has been replaced with a Sony A6000 mirrorless E mount camera which has been permanently converted to the 590nm "Goldie" infrared wavelength of light. This wavelength produces stronger colour in the red / blue channels than standard infrared allowing me to be more creative with the images in post processing. An R72 infrared filter can also be added to a lens to produce 720nm wavelength infrared images giving me the best of both wavelengths. The A6000 also allows me to shoot video in infrared in both wavelengths.
My passion for infrared has been recognised in the United States of America by Lifepixel, the largest infrared camera conversion company in the USA who have made me a featured photographer with my own gallery.
I've been a member of Hoylake Photographic Society for several years and my photography has been influenced by the work of some the best photographers in the North-West who have visited the club as guest speakers. They have passed on their post processing techniques and tips over the years and out of this knowledge my own photographic style has emerged. My philosophy mirrors that of Ansel Adams who stated, "You don't take a photograph, you make it" and I enjoy the creative possibilities that post processing digital photographs provides. To help me to create my photographs I use Topaz and Nik software plugins for Photoshop and Lightroom which are my post processing tools.
Since taking up photography I've tried my hand at Wedding photography which I found stressful, stock photography which I found boring and I'm now settled on producing fine art prints which suits my pictorial style of photography. My philosophy is simply to create something interesting and beautiful in camera and through post processing that some-one may wish to own, hang on their wall and enjoy.
I'm the Prizewinner of the Williamson Open 2014 and you can buy a selection of my photographs and gift cards from Gallery 14 at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in Oxton, Birkenhead. I'm a regular participant in the Wirral Open Studio Tour and other local fairs.