I was born in Essex, England in 1930 and acquired an early interest in photography from my father who was very keen AND very good. I used to love standing in his darkroom and watching images materialize in the tray! Betty and I were married in Blackpool in 1956 and recently celebrated our 55th anniversary. Sadly at the beginning of 2007 Betty was diagnosed with dementia and I became her sole carer for the next 4 years before getting her into a high care facility locally at the start of 2011.
My cameras have been many and varied, started with the ubiquitous box brownie and progressing through a VPK (vest pocket kodak, which I still have). My first 35mm camera was a Petrie, from where I graduated to a Yashika SLR. then a Nikon F3 and Mamiya 645, both of which Betty and I used in our School Portrait and Wedding photography business.
We retired in 1995 and I immediately jumped on to the internet. My first digital camera was a Kodak DC 25 of less that 1 megapixel, then a Kodak DC4800, an Olympus C750UZ (an excellent 4 mp camera) and finally my pride and joy, a Sony DSCR1 – 10.3 mps and a 24-120 equivalent Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens with a ND4 filter. Sadly these three last named cameras were all stolen in a break in while we were out shopping one Tuesday in August 2008. Thanks to insurance I now have a Sony Alpha 350 dslr with 2 kit lenses plus an 11-18 Sony wide angle zoom and an f2.8 Sigma 50mm macro lens, as well as a Sony Alpha 55V interchangeable lens camera. I have also just managed to locate and purchase another DSC R1 which, in my opinion, is one of the finest of all digital cameras. Living as we do so close to the Indian Ocean in Western Australia I tend to specialise in seascapes and beach photography – and also our wonderful FORESTS but am a sucker for roses and also the great wildflowers that are in profusion every spring in our state.
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