I have been interested in photography for many years, starting out as a young child with a 110 cartridge camera. My photography interest remained all through my school years and while I was studying at the University of Limerick I re-established the Photographic Society and we held two exhibitions while I was there.
During my University days I bought my first SLR camera, a Pentax P30T. I got a lot of use from it and it served me well. I had a variety of lenses and I used it to take photographs of a Lucozade bottle for a Trademark and Patent agents in Dublin. Hello to the gang at MacLachlan & Donaldson's in Dublin.
After that I got a bit more serious and bought my first Nikon, a Nikon F601 film camera. This was a step up for me and it marked the time when I became a follower of the Nikon range.
In time, I got into digital photography and bought my Nikon D100. This was a hugh leap and I was delighted with the results, especially with a telephoto/macro lens I got as well. Some of the photos I took then are amongst my favourite. In time, I started to use RAW format and realised one of the limitations of the D100 (very slow bus and only USB 1.0) so shooting RAW was not really working for me as I took lots of photos.
Next up, was the Nikon D200. This was another significant leap in technology and I was really pleased with the results. I started to get more interested in portraits and flora so I bought the Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 lens. This is an amazing lens and I have taken some beautiful photographs with it. The trouble with it is that it is quite heavy and has a long focal point. This was not a problem when I took photographs at my friend's wedding but it's not the type of lens you can just quickly setup and take happy snaps.
The answer of course is its little sister, the Nikkor 24-70 f2.8. Both of these lenses are full frame so I got approval from my fantastic wife to go the whole hog and get the 24-70 plus the Nikon D3S. The nice people at the Camera House in Midland have served me well over the last few years since I moved to Australia so they didn't let me down this time either. I used the Nikon D3S as my main body unti late 2018 and the results are truly great.
In 2018 I bought the Nikon D850 (again from Russell at Camera House in Midland) and in late 2019 I joined the Northam Photography Group. Since then, I have been challenged like never before and have been learning so much. The quality of my photography is improving and I was really delighted to get second place for my first competition. In the next competetion, I won first place in the set theme (Travel) and second place in the workshop theme (Northam Aquatic). I am hoping to consistently deliver high quality output and have taken advantage of opportunities to push myself into new areas.
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