About Me

Thanks for dropping by my website and for checking out my photographs. I’m a native of the UK, born and raised in England. I was brought up in Hertfordshire, just north of London, but I moved to the Bath in the south west right after college and consider it my British home. I was also lucky enough to live in the Cotswolds for about five years – an oustandingly beautiful part of the UK. In 2006, I emigrated to Australia with my wife and son and settled down on the South Coast of New South Wales.

I’ve been taking photographs for over 30 years now, although only seriously in the last couple of years. I began with an old Instamtatic and developed its black and white film myself in the family bathroom using a beach towel over the window and mum’s kitchen tongs to handle the paper. Later on I did a degree in English and Journalism and received formal training in processing and development of film which helped me in my first career as a magazine journalist.u313408821-o916150371-53

As a reviewer for ‘gadget’ magazines, I got to use new and innovative cameras on a regular basis, but my own camera was a simple Canon point-and-shoot, which I used up until about five years ago.

These days I use a Canon 7D Mark II DSLR. This is a cropped-sensor camera that takes 22megapixel images. I use it pretty much exclusively with a Canon 10-22mm super-wide angle lens, along with either a Hoya Circular Polariser or a Cokin ND grad filter or two to balance out the sky. I shoot all of my images in RAW format to allow for post-processing.  I also shoot with a DJI Phantom 4 UAV that enables me to take shots in all those locations I couldn’t previously access.

As you can see from my portfolio, I like taking landscape photographs. Most of my photos are taken in and around South Coast NSW. This is an amazing region of Australia with some spectacular countryside and incredibly varied landscapes – you can go from rain-forest to red dust via verdant pasture in half a day. I’m lucky enough to live right on the coast and next to a river and so these obviously feature heavily in my photos too.

If you’d like one of my photos for your wall, please check out my Prints store,

Cheers

2 Comment

  1. Hey Andy,

    I chanced across your website here when I was looking for info on the Canon D7 Mark ii. I read your history and it closely matches mine. I am just an enthusiastic amateur but getting more and more into this. After years of using cheap polaroids, and film cameras, to a Pentax film camera about 25 years ago, and onto digital type instamatics. About 6 or 7 years ago I bought a Canon EOS 550D second-hand from a colleague at work in Singapore. Since then I have variously used the basic automatic function coz that was easiest. But I have started to use the Manual and Bulb modes, and now I am starting to use the semi-automated functions. I started photographing my son playing cricket, because that was a good way to fill in time. But it also showed me how limited my camera actually is.

    So, I also started to look for a new camera and I settled on the Canon D7 Mark ii. I have borrowed an original D7 from a friend, and have loved it, so I have just placed an order for my own D7. Your experiences are hugely encouraging to me in confirming my choice of new camera. I have really on 3 true lenses (none professional). I use a 18-35mm (that was the stock lens with the 550D) and a Canon 55-250mm and a Tamron 18mm-200mm. And I also splashed out recently on a Tamron 150mm-600mm Telephoto lens which I love. I have no access to Photoshop or Lightroom, so I do very little post processing on any of my photos yet.

    FYI – the areas you photograph on the South Coast are all what I consider “my territory”. I was born and bred in Wollongong and did my university degree there, before moving first to Canberra, then Brisbane, and then Sydney for my work. I also did a stint of 3 years in Singapore and got to visit some areas around Asia. Keen to travel more.

    I love landscape photography and night photography and limited sports photography.

    Cheers and thanks for the great website.

    Paul

    1. Cheers Paul. I certainly have no regrets whatsoever about getting the 7D2. It has proven to be an extremely capable and reliable camera that does everything I ask of it. I’m sure you will enjoy taking some great photographs with it over the coming years. 🙂

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