I really don't like writing these about me pages, and as I'm not trying to sell you anything or entice you to hire me, I guess I don't really need to. Saying that, it might be nice to know something about the person behind the photos and the website, so I thought I'd include a little bit about me, my approach to photography and the gear I like to use and why. so here goes.
I love photographic gear but I don't need to have the latest and greatest. In fact, I'll always look towards older gear on the second hand market, which is driven by a combination of preference and bank account.
I always try to expose for the highlights, especially in high contrast scenes, and because of that I tend to prefer using spot metering.
I am still trying to take photos at the decisive moment. It's spotting the decisive moment before it happens I find challenging. If you take the photo when you see the moment, you've already missed the moment.
As much as I love the 85mm (or longer) for separating subject and background, I'm getting more and more into photos that tell a story. For this I'm using the 35mm and 50mm focal lengths more often, especially in my people photography.
Sitting at home and not being able to go out and take photos during the coronavirus pandemic is so, so difficult, and it's only week one. Oh well, I guess I can spend time working on this website. UPDATE: We're a few weeks in to the lockdown now and it's beginning to feel normal. Still, I really do miss heading out with the camera with a day's shooting and coffee drinking in mind.
I love people who buy gear, hardly use it, then trade it in for an upgrade. This keeps the second hand market full of bargains for people like me. Thank you.
Below is a picture of me from a few years ago. I haven't changed much. I still have the beard, although the camera I'm holding is the Nikon D80 which I owned and used as my only camera for around nine years. I still have it, but my daily gear has been upgraded to a full frame Nikon and high end APS-C camera. UPDATE: Except for my film cameras and a couple of lenses, all of my Nikon gear has gone. I'm now a Fuji Fan Boy, for want of a better description of myself.
I don't like camera clutter. I don't like having camera gear hanging around that's not being used. Switching camera systems gave me a real opportunity to consolidate my gear into what I use, and nothing more.
My camera gear:
Fuji X-T2 plus grip XF 23mm f2, XF 35mm f2, XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 OIS, XF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 OIS
And lastly, I am someone who has many interests, especially photographic ones, therefore, I don't really have that "look" to my portfolio that other photographers seem to get. To be honest, I'd be bored stiff if I shot and produced the same look all the time.
Thank you for reading this and I hope you enjoy my photos.
Rod.