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My photography.

Updated on August 30, 2017

This is how I'll be remembered.

A shop window in Bourton on the Water. Taken at an angle to avoid reflection in the glass
A shop window in Bourton on the Water. Taken at an angle to avoid reflection in the glass
A reconstructed Georgian hardware shop at The Hartlepool maritime museum.
A reconstructed Georgian hardware shop at The Hartlepool maritime museum.
A disused boat and it's tugging tractor taken at Spurn Point in Yorkshire.
A disused boat and it's tugging tractor taken at Spurn Point in Yorkshire.
Gold Hill in Shaftesbury. Many TV adverts have been shot using this street. The 'Hovis'  ad brings back many memory's.
Gold Hill in Shaftesbury. Many TV adverts have been shot using this street. The 'Hovis' ad brings back many memory's.
A family viewing the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth taken on the return ferry from the Isle of Wight.
A family viewing the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth taken on the return ferry from the Isle of Wight.
HMS TRINCOMALEE. Fully restored and at permanent anchor at The Hartlepool Maritime museum.
HMS TRINCOMALEE. Fully restored and at permanent anchor at The Hartlepool Maritime museum.
The Golden Mile taken from the top of Blackpool Tower.
The Golden Mile taken from the top of Blackpool Tower.
Jaguar at Chester Zoo.
Jaguar at Chester Zoo.

A few of mine.....

I still consider myself to be amateurish in photography after many years of almost obsessive picture taking. I love to capture 'the moment' in time and then look back many years later and say to myself 'I was there'. It's safe to say I inherited the photography bug from my late grandmother as she always had a camera in hand and had amassed hundreds of photographs of her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All her photo's have a great sentimentality attached and I have the images safely scanned and backed up on my PC. I had a fantastic and loving upbringing and cherish all the moments that were captured on film and that's why I mirror my grandmothers passion for capturing the moment! I have literally documented my sons growing up from the moment they were born and they will have a 'Life' collection as part of their inheritance, just as I did.

I never strive to achieve the perfect picture or anything of a commercial value, after all, it's cut throat competition out there and I could simply never compete! I'm at my happiest when I'm with my family and taking photographs of our comings and goings. Occasionally I sense I may have a photograph that stands out a little more than the mediocrity of the rest of my collection, but on the whole my photography is just plain average. My family are happy with the results and our house is like a small gallery with framed pictures of here and there. I'm often asked by friends or family to fit a photo to a frame, I usually have something in my archives from that particular occasion and I enjoy using Photoshop. In 2000 I photographed a friends wedding, it was the most nerve racking experience of my life and I was constantly wiping the sweat of fear off my hands. I was quite pleased with the results and more importantly so were they and they had the whole collection. It was an experience I'll never forget and one I wish never to replicate.

Whenever I venture outdoors it's almost certain that I have my camera near to hand so I can document our day out with photographs, much to the annoyance of my nearest and dearest. With the introduction of digital photography the cost of my 'hobby' reduced drastically as previously I would be paying to have roll after roll of film developed and printed. I had a long spell of using 35mm slide film as that format gave a better image and the family would gather round for viewing of our latest holiday shots on the projector screen. I still believe it is a better experience to view a slide show on a projector screen than it is to flip through a photo album. Many hours have been spent sorting and scanning all 35 boxes of slides to the PC.


The entrance bridge to Trentham Gardens.
The entrance bridge to Trentham Gardens.
Frost covered clothes pegs on the washing line in our garden.
Frost covered clothes pegs on the washing line in our garden.
The entrance hall of the demolished  Trentham hall at Trentham Gardens.
The entrance hall of the demolished Trentham hall at Trentham Gardens.

At the last count I have almost 27,000 images and nearly 1000 videos on file, I can remember where each and every one was taken and some of them were taken nearly 30 years ago. The vast majority of the images are mine but some are of my wife's childhood and my grandmothers.

Most of these images in this hub have been modified in some way either by HDR enhancement or sharpening and have been cropped to some extent. i think most of my photo's look a little flat and lacklustre so I have this tendency to enhance them either by using Photoshop or Google's great freeware 'Picasa' I generally tend to give a tight crop and sharpen the image and then add a little saturation, I always believe the colour or vividness in my images never stands out to catch the eye.

At this moment in time I use a Sony Cyber-shot DSC HX5V and I like the GPS image tagger which maps the location of each photo. I also have an Olympus E-400 SLR and a couple of zoom lenses. I prefer to use the Sony Cyber-shot as it delivers really good image quality and can easily be slipped into a pocket. I tend to frown upon cameras that are bulky and hinder my movement, in the past I regularly used SLR's and carried a camera bag everywhere.

My stepdaughter and her daughter. I prefer Black and White for portraiture.
My stepdaughter and her daughter. I prefer Black and White for portraiture.
Lobster pots stacked on the old disused lifeboat launch jetty at Lizard Point.
Lobster pots stacked on the old disused lifeboat launch jetty at Lizard Point.
Ruins of tin mines at St Just in Cornwall.
Ruins of tin mines at St Just in Cornwall.
The abandoned Botallack tin mines in St Just. Cornwall.
The abandoned Botallack tin mines in St Just. Cornwall.
St Michaels Mount, Penzance. Cornwall.
St Michaels Mount, Penzance. Cornwall.
Lobster pots stacked in the harbour at Hartlepool.
Lobster pots stacked in the harbour at Hartlepool.
Central pier. Blackpool.
Central pier. Blackpool.
Blackpool tower.
Blackpool tower.
Whitby Abbey.
Whitby Abbey.
The gateway to Stafford Castle.
The gateway to Stafford Castle.
The entrance to The Cotswold Motor museum before it's refurbishment.
The entrance to The Cotswold Motor museum before it's refurbishment.
The Angel of the North at Gateshead.
The Angel of the North at Gateshead.

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    • traslochimilano profile image

      traslochimilano 5 years ago from USA

      These pics shows your passion for photography. Such a beautiful hub Thanks for sharing it@@@@@

    • christin53 profile image

      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      I like your photos they look more like pieces of art work. I especially like the Blackpool ones they bring back lovely memories of my childhood :)

    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      What exquisite pictures. They're like works of art!

      Your work proves what you say that your Isle is a beautiful place!

      Several votes are merited!

    • Patty Kenyon profile image

      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Voted UP, Awesome, and Beautiful!!! The pictures were amazing!!! It is obvious that you do have an eye for photography!!!

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Such an amazing photos..fresh, original!!!They bring only positive feelings. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and beautiful.