My Bubblesite is Here
I have been interested in photography from High School in the early 1980’s. My first Camera was a hand down Pentax from my sister who had studied Commercial art Photography at Tech as it was called then. After a few years I purchased my first camera that was truly mine a Nikon EM and I have stayed with Nikon ever since.
I’m not nice, I have killed cameras by dropping them off cliffs (Grand Canyon 2000 Nikon FM2) or dropping in water (Brisbane Water 1993 Nikon EM). Nikon D3s by dropping it into the water at Soldiers Beach.
Broken Lens by hitting rock walls, (Grand Canyon 2007, Tamron 28-200)
Lost Lens’s (Coonabarabran 1995, 28MM f2.8), (Sedona 2000, 35mm f2.8), (Port Macquarie 2008, 18-70mm f3.5). Drowned a 16-35mm f4 lens while on the D3s camera at soldiers beach.
But through it all I still have a passion for Photography.
Things really began to take off once I purchased my first Digital SLR, a Nikon D70. This was a Fantastic camera after having used my F75 for about 3 years (replacement for my damaged FM2). The ability to take plenty of images to help tone my skills really helped. In 2008 I purchased my D300 and I must admit I am in AWE of this camera.
As always times change and I have Added some new equipment to my collection. the D300 was replaced with a Nikon D3s, which is AMAZING. the ability to shoot in low light and still get amazingly clean images is a bonus for my Astrophgotography. Since purchasing the camera I have found that I have become more a Semi Pro user. I have regular photographic work doing weddings, parties and events.
I mainly shoot landscape images with a little bit of Still Life. When I was shooting Film I mainly used Prime Lens’s as I wasn’t happy with most Zooms. The Nikon D70 came with an 18-70mm f3.5 (original lost) which helped me change my mind about this type of lens. I quickly purchased a 70-300MM f4 Nikon, then an 11-18 f4.5 Tamron.
With the D300 I Purchased a Nikon 70-200 f2.8VR lens, and upgraded to the 11-16mm f2.8 Tokina from the Tamron.
I have recently started to get a series of Prime Lens again starting with the Nikon 50 f1.4D, a Nikon 28mm f2.8 and most recently a Nikon 85mm f1.8.
I would like to start to learn to take better Portrait photos as I keep being asked to shoot weddings. ( I always volunteer as back up only)
I prefer to try and emulate the real world in my images as much as possible. To that end I am not a big user of Photoshop or HDR although some of my more popular images have an element of both.
Certain subject will be found in portfolio, Storms and Storm Clouds, Astronomy, Waterfalls and Beach Scenes. I love the hours around sunset and will stay usually till all the light has gone. Some of my favourite images have been taken after other photographers have left or were packing up.
I hope you like my images
Nikon D300 (now very lonley)
11-16mm Tokina f2.8 lens
16-35mm f4 VR Nikon
18-70mm Nikon f3.5 lens
24mm f1.8 Sigma Macro
28-70mm Tokina f2.8 lens (Usually on the film camera)
28mm f2.8 Nikon lens
50mm f1.4 Nikon Lens
70-200mm f2.8 VR Nikon lens
100mm f2.8 Macro Tokina
85mm f1.8 Nikon lens
SB600 Speed Light flash
SB900 Speedlight Flash
ND400 filters in various sizes
Lee filter system with several filters
Polarizer filters for all lens types
Lightning trigger for storms
Manfroto crabon fiber tripod with the MH057 Pro Ball Head
Hand held reflector
Nikon f75 (film)