When did you take up photography?
I’ve been a keen photographer since the days of film and won my first photographic competition in 1985. This was a source of amusement back in my hometown of Dublin because it made the national newspaper at the time. I moved to the UK in 1986 and for a long time my camera was exclusively used to record my kids, holidays and home life. But about 6 years ago Sharon and I entered our first photographic salon and my enthusiasm for photography competitions was reborn.
What are your favourite subjects?
The answer to this question changes regularly and I think that I manage to keep a sense of fun and enthusiasm in my photography by constantly setting myself new challenges and trying to learn new styles of image creation. I’ve had some success with traditional landscape (Deganwy Sunset; Florence at Dawn) and very occasional successes with Nature (Wild Leopards at Yala), but my most recent interest is based on trying to draw inspiration from famous painters of the past. This involves me in Landscape (Venice after Caravaggio), Macro (Harvest Thanksgiving; The Old Master), and Creative (Death of Ophelia), but mainly in portraiture. My current obsession is influenced by the Flemish painters of the 17th Century and involves trying overcome the technical challenges of including a light source in a photograph without letting it dominate the image. I’m fairly skilled at Photoshop so I’m really enjoying trying to combine my camera skills with post-processing abilities in order to achieve the final result (The Philosopher; An Evening Stroll, The Gamekeeper). I’ll probably move on to a different challenge soon but I’ve no idea yet what that will be. What is very likely is that the next challenge will be a difficult one – I’ve found that I easily get bored unless the goal I set myself is sufficiently difficult to keep my interest, so I’m eagerly awaiting whatever naturally emerges as my next photographic project.
What type of camera do you mostly use?
I was a Nikon photographer for a long time (initially D90 and then D7100) and a few years ago I joined the mirrorless revolution and purchased an Olympus Pen-F. This is a lovely little camera and takes great images. But very recently I realised a long-held dream to own a full-frame camera and splashed out on the Sony mirrorless A7Riii. It’s early days yet but so far, I’m simply stunned by the quality of the images that this camera can capture.
When did you become a Conwy Camera Club member?
What do you most enjoy about being in Conwy Camera Club?
There is a great sense of energy and enthusiasm in the club and Sharon and I have found people to be friendly and welcoming wherever we turn. The Thursday night SIGS are a really positive aspect of the club and we’ve also very much enjoyed attending these.
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