A bit about me.
Mike from the UK.
I often look at other people’s profiles and find some are written in the third person thus;
Mike is an award-winning photographer who has published a number of books;
1.Black and White photography for the arty and pretentious photographer.
2. Life and times of the Ningo people of the Central Amazon.
3. The Mongolian steppes in winter.
4. A photographic study of nuts and bolts for the Society of English steam engineers.
He won first prize in the Twiddling under the Wold annual village show, 1998
Gold medal at the Australian young farmers photo exhibition in 2002.
It is almost as if they (the photographer) are too important to write their own and are allowing their ‘agent’ to do it for them.
As to me, in the first person, read on.
I don’t call my self a freelance photographer in the hopes of sounding professional, I have never won any prizes for my photography. No one has ever commissioned me to take pictures, apart from the odd friend asking me to take a few casual pictures as a back up for their wedding, the only books of my photos published are self published ones (give it a try it is very satisfying). I am just one of millions of people who put billions of photos on the web, My aim is only to publish photos that I think do me justice as a photographer. The question you should always ask yourself is :- “Would I pay to have it properly printed and hang it on my wall?” If the answer is yes, publish. If the answer is “No” keep it to yourself. I hope that of the billions of photos on the web some of mine may show through the blizzard. I like to learn from others and in turn I hope others like my pictures and think “What a good idea,I could do that”
I love looking at the photos by famous photographers, I have endless books at home that I like to look at. Why some photographers become famous is a matter of chance and fashion, a war photographer like Don McCullin is famous not only because of the quality, emotion and feeling in his pictures but because of the sheer guts needed to get them. Cartier Bresson is a great photographer, I have to say his photos look simple to take and I guess with lots and lots of practice we could do the same if we spent hours and hours every day. After using digital auto everything cameras for some years going back to using a rangefinder with film is very hard work I can tell you, for goodness sake you have to decide on the exposure then focus it before even considering pressing the shutter button to get a photo, if you remembered to wind on the film. Then there is no looking at the screen to see if the photo is good, you have to wait days or weeks. You soon get a great deal more respect for his and other film photographers photos and how they got them.
I still have film cameras and use them.
35mm-Leica M6 with a 35mm F2 Summicron Asph,
Medium format- Twin lens, Mamiya 220 with an 80mm lens and a Hassleblad 500cm with 80mm Zeiss planar lens.
Old film cameras I seldom use Nikkormat FT2, Pentax 1000, Olympus OM10, Olympus XA and XA2
In digital I use a Nikon D7200 with a 50mm 1.4 lens or a 18~105 and a Canon G16.
I took my first picture around 8 years old and been doing so ever since. I have been fortunate to have been to a number of places around the world while a navigator in the merchant navy and working in hospitals in Nepal, Uganda and Tanzania so lots of pictures on slides. Digitally taken pictures in various places around the Mediterranean, Egypt, Cuba, Dominican republic, Dubai, Thailand and Australia and of course the UK.
As to commenting on other people photos and followers of my blog. I am delighted if you want to follow my blog and if I say I like your photos it is because I really like them / it, I will never do so simply to get you to like mine and so build up followers.