Photography

Similar to the music, I’ve had a keen interest in photography since an early age. The first camera I can remember owning was an absolute beauty and would be a real collectors item now – a Kodak Junior 1 Bellows. After that a succession of “Instamatics” followed. Cameras seemed to hold a certain fascination with me and I loved every one of them.

Kodak Junior

In the beginning…

However, I didn’t get my first SLR until my mid-teens, the good old Russian classic, a Zenit E. I began learning the fundamentals of photography – Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO rating, etc. and how these affected the end result. An unsuccessful upgrade to a Zenit TTL (frustratingly stiff shutter release) shortly followed up with another 35mm classic, the Canon AE-1. This was a beauty and I became a Canon devotee right up until the digital age. A tentative introduction to digital photography began with a couple of Fujifilm bridge cameras. However, in 2006, I acquired my first full-blown digital SLR – the revolutionary Nikon D200. It’s gone full tilt from there and I currently own a Nikon D800 and an Olympus OM-D E-M5. A range of good glass for both systems and lots of accessories completes the kit bag.

I like to see photography as a form of art and, for me, it’s very much a two stage process – taking the photograph then creating the image I had in my mind’s eye by virtue of the “digital darkroom”. Some would call it cheating, I call it “being creative”. One thing’s for sure, the advent of digital photography and computer technology has allowed us more freedom of visual expression than ever before.

Earth Photo

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” … Ansel Adams

I have recently decided to leave a 20 year career in IT behind to focus (excuse the pun) on developing a new career as a Professional Freelance Photographer. Just like Music and Travel, it’s in my blood and I can’t think of a better way to see out my working life doing something I love doing and will help me become even better at a hobby I’ve enjoyed for 40 years.

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I have two photography websites; Smugmug for sharing photos with family, friends and acquaintances and my commercial photography site www.davecarterphotography.com

dgc4rter - View my recent photos on Flickriver

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