It has been a long, slow while in creating this site but it is now finally up to showcase some of my photographic images. Photographing the natural world is my primary interest and that would range from flora and fauna to various landscape types, but as a mainly hobby photographer, that is not the limit.
Photography is but a minor part of who I am. Biology and genetics has been my main interest and I did have a life as an academic researcher at a local university. It is what has defined me as a person and much of what I do has a biological focus and that includes my photography. I was the kid that collected bugs and tadpoles, read copious numbers of books on wildlife, kept backyard fowl, and rescued and raised various birds, insects and mammals. It didn’t take much for me to end up with a degree in Zoology and later on, a higer degree in Molecular Genetics.
With an interest in the natural world, my parents gave me my first camera at the age of 10 so that I could indulge in photographing any flora or fauna that I encounter. Unfortunately back then, they were film cameras (and remained so for another 35 or so years) and unless you had the means to invest in expensive filters and had the opportunity to develop your own film, there was little one could do to be creative or experiment extensively with photography. So photography as a serious hobby never really became a reality until I acquired my first dSLR camera in 2009. Everything I have learnt has been self-taught using online resources as well as through trial and error.
In today’s photography world, the desktop computer has replaced the darkroom. Images are developed from their raw captured form using software such as Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop amongst many others. This does allow the photographer to greatly enhance the quality of an image, though note that ‘Photoshopping’ is quite a different process. It has allowed details in images to be brought out in a way that was never before been possible and also allows for a certain level of creativity in the pursuit.
Photography might be an expensive hobby, not just in terms of the cost of equipment but also in the cost of chasing photographs especially for the serious landscape and wildlife photographers. However, I have always felt that good photographic subjects don’t necessarily come from expensive cameras. Sure it helps, but it is the photographers ability to capture a story telling moment in a photo that makes a great shot, regardless of the quality of the image.
One question I am most often asked is about the camera and lenses I use. This is a short list of the main equipment I use –
- Nikon D610
- AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F/2.8
- AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G
- AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm F/4G
- Samyang 12mm F/2.8 Fisheye Lens
I have found that these lenses in my collection give me the results I am most happy with and use them consistently. I am available for photography projects in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, Australia, particularly around the Lismore / Byron Bay area.