A retired bloke and his dog. The bloke takes the odd picture. His dog “Jessie,” in 2016, turned 112 in human years. The bloke turned 10 in doggy years. Some coincidence, eh? 2017, should we survive, will see Jessie reach 119 years – and me approach 11…
Living in the bucolic Southern Highlands of New South Wales in Oz allows me to bring you its rural landscapes, flowers, animals and wildlife. I have also included some pictures of my travels over the years to various other parts of NSW and Australia. No pictures of the canals of Venice, islands of Greece, the Grand Canyon or the mountains surrounding Machu Pichu. For now, I remain in continent.
My pictures are not taken to be hung in galleries. Rather, they are a record of my life. They show where I’ve been and subjects that have grabbed my interest or had some emotional effect on me. In that way, I’m a selfish photographer and present pictures pleasing to me. Should they also please others, then I am content.
My Nikon D80 has brought you many of my older pictures, with a few from my D70 thrown in. Maybe even some scanned from my old Nikkormat or Pentax Spotmatic once I get through the boxes of prints and slides!
Necessity is to always have a camera with me – just in case. I’ve added a Sony W630 to my photographic armoury. The Carl Zeiss lens sealed the deal for me!
Of course it’s a female camera! Delicate, sensitive, beautiful from without and within, complex beyond belief, to be treated with care and respect. Unpredictable – but only if you don’t know what you’re doing – capable of bringing one to great highs, as well as plunging one into the depths of despair when the results of your best efforts to fully understand her hit a brick wall!
Quite often, I will turn her to “Auto Intelligent” and let her do all the thinking. More often than not, she’s right and says: “See – I told you so! Trust me!” See – she IS a woman!
2011: Many said it wouldn’t happen, but I have at last reached “Age Pensioner” status. Funny, I don’t feel all that different! Maybe a few more years will tell….
To reward myself for having reached this milestone, I’ve gone a bit berserk and bought a new lens for my old D80 – now probably in the same aged category as myself. I’ve settled on a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 HSM OS Macro. OK, this won’t make me an instant famous photographer, but may help improve the quality of images I present.
2015: The old faithful D80 has gone into retirement, replaced by a D7000 – with a few more megapixels and a bit more versatile. Now – to get out and make the most of it!
(aka george@gophotos on the old DPF site!)
A Birth Certificate shows we were born.
A Death Certificate shows that we died.
Pictures show that we Lived! (Anon)
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