My photographic journey began when I was still at school and only got serious in 2000 and since then has become my driving ambition and passion. During my school days I had the use of an Brownie Box Camera which funnily enough produced some excellent shots…I have moved on since then and in 2000 I was fortunate enough to purchase my first digital camera, an Olympus E-10. This camera took me through a wonderful learning curve and was, due to its composition and make, a very trying time and made me think each time I took a photograph. In 2008 I purchased a Nikon D80 with an 18-135mm lens and have not looked back since. Recently in 2010 I purchased another Nikon, this time I went for the big guns and took control of a Nikon D700 with a battery grip and several lenses. I have found that the one lens (28-300mm) to be the best for all round tasks and just perfect for travel.
I have been inspired by many photographers, too many to mention as well as reading as much as I can from magazines and books of which I have literally hundreds collected over the years. If I was to mention one photographer who has really inspired me to carry on with my endeavours it would be Beverly Cash from north Wales in the United Kingdom. I was fortunate enough to converse with her on the Digital Photographer Magazine website and would ask you all who visit this site to take a peek at her work and I’m sure you will all agree she does produce some amazing images. You will find her at bcashphotography.com
Most people whom I have come in contact with have seen some of my HDR photographs, something which I have become quite known for and continue to produce regularly. It is one of the newest forms of photography and involves blending together multiple exposures of the same photograph to create an artistic, painterly effect. The true nature of HDR lies in its ability to capture the whole light range of a particular scene, something a standard photograph struggles to achieve. Having said that, I believe that people either love it or hate it! It is the artistic aspect, the realisation that it looks something more than a photograph, almost like a painting that inspires me to create more. However I believe photography is an art form and therefore open to still many more changes in the furure.
I am an ambitious photographer and want to make a living from my pictures like all the great photographers do. I’m happy with my progress and am always looking at new ideas to pursue and avenues to explore.
I sincerely hope you enjoy looking at my photographs and I am thrilled to be able to share them on site. I would love to hear from anyone who has anything to say about my photography.
All the very best in photography!
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Melkbosstrand, Western Cape, South Africa