About

This blog will be cover anything I find interesting about photography – from single shots I take to longer photo essays and observations I have on equipment and any experiments I might make. To contact me, please use the form here.

A little about me…

Back living down on the Kent coast, UK after a seven year stint in mid-Kent. I’ve been vegan since January 2012. I’ve been a cat servant since April 2011. I’ve been a Star Wars (Original Trilogy) fan since 1982. I’ve been a proper AFOL (Adult Fan Of Lego) since 2014. I’ve been a purveyor of uncomfortable truths for ever. I’ve been bearded on and off since 1997. I’ve been a photography addict since 2004. I’ve had a daily(ish) photoblog over at www.fakecactus.co.uk since 2006, but stopped updating a couple of years ago – it now sits there both as an archive and as an inspiration to me, allowing me to see how I can improve my photography.

My equipment…

I’m a Nikon fanboy and have been since about 2004 when I purchased a Nikon Coolpix 8700. In 2006 I upgraded from a compact camera to my first dSLR – the Nikon d50. I loved this camera and had a lot of fun with it, but eventually upgraded to a more robust beast in 2009 – a second-hand Nikon d200. I’ve still got this camera though I rarely use it. In 2011 I felt I needed some better high iso noise performance and went for the d7000. Again, I loved this camera and it fostered my love of taking cat photos. In March 2016 I finally made the move I’d wanted to make for a few years and snagged a full frame d750. This camera has inspired me to start this blog.

Regarding lenses, I have a mixture of full-frame (FX in Nikon speak) and some DX (crop-sensor) glass. The good thing about Nikon FX bodies is the ability to use the DX lenses in crop mode, albeit at reduced megapixel resolution. That said, I may get rid of the DX lenses to swap for other gear.

FX lenses:
Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 AF-S ED
Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM ‘Art’
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 D
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Macro
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.5 DG O HSM ‘Contemporary’

DX lenses:
Tokina 10-17mm f3.5-4.5 AT-X
Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 AF-S G 

Odd n’ Sods:
SLIK 700DX Tripod
Gorillapod
Nissin Ring Flash
LEE ND Grad Filters
Nisi Filter Holder & Polariser

 

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“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson