I have been involved in photography in one form or another for over 15 years. Starting with my father's Pentax SLR; shooting black and white film in high school; to purchasing the Canon EOS 300D when it was first released in 2003. Several systems later, I'm currently shooting with a Canon EOS 5D and a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, which I use for both my landscape and portraiture/wedding work. I've also been shooting medium format with a Mamiya RZ67 Professional II.
For several years, I also used my Canon systems for astrophotography, including a modified Canon EOS 40D, which helped me produce some exceptional images. However, I've now moved on to using a dedicated SBIG CCD camera.
I hold a degree in computing science, and, am employed by the Australian Government as a UNIX systems administrator. I also run my own photography business. I enjoy the technical challenges of imaging the night skies (as well as landscapes and portraiture!) in equal measure with the creative opportunities that the genre affords.
I love to share my work and information on photography techniques, equipment and more with fellow enthusiasts on online forums, and, whenever possible, in real life -- preferably out in the middle of nowhere under a clear sky!
In 2010, I made the finalists list of Digital Camera Magazine's Photographer of the Year (landscape category) for my image of Mount Cook, titled, The Cloud Piercer Rests, which was taken one chilly evening in May.
In 2011, I received four Highly Commended Awards for 2 deep space and 2 terrestrial/widefield images in the prestigious David Malin Astrophotography Awards. In July of 2011, I was invited to give a a talk on DSLR imaging techniques at the inaugural Australian Astrophotography Imaging Conference.