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First things first.

I must dedicate this site to my wife who tolerates me taking over our PC while working on the photos, all-be-it we have some stunning photos around our home.  Thank you my darling.  

Albums have been created in various categories that should be self explanatory. The site has  updates as and when time permits. Recent additions to the site include our views of The Lake District National Park

Watch this space for new items............ As and when time permits

Coolpics Ė Whatís it all about?

My interest in photography started when I was at secondary school and has continued over the years (donít ask how many) with breaks in how much time I have spent on it for family reasons. This in turn had stopped my use of the bathroom as a dark room and some of my interest was lost for a while.

Changes in life style have permitted photography to play a more prominent roll in my life, largely kicked off by places we have visited, my passion for diving and to record the underwater World we visit along with Jo introducing me to her passion for walking in Mountains and valleys. Taking photographs to share with friends and remind us of the breath taking beauty of this World we share is a natural inclusion for us.

Now the big change for me is using a PC to edit the photos instead of the dark room, lets face it nobody wants the bathroom converted into a darkroom for a day at a time, nor being able to open the door for five minutes or more to converse with the family are prohibitive, but I still like to use any of my film cameras as the basis for my work. So I have invested in a negative / transparency scanner to give me the options I want, along with a compact digital camera to compliment the overall system. I still enjoy viewing quality transparencies, so Iím continuing to use film for certain purposes using my brick of a Mamiya TLR or various Nikon's and Nikonos V as the fancy takes for the task I am working on. My next investment has got to be an affordable quality digital camera for sub aqua use with TTL strobe

As for the different technologies, film and digital, I think they both have there qualities, but the ease of results day to day with digital cameras has no doubt transformed the way people take their images. The resent availability of upgraded quality digital SLR's have finally tipped the balance for me, taking high quality digital images which I can print on extended A3 of the roll, easily up to 1.5M long saving me having to scan 2.25 square inch transparencies for the same quality. I'm as passionate about My Nikon's as friends I have are about their Cannon's - I just can't help ducking when someone points a Cannon at me .......

The next step for me was to use the web to share the photos with family and friends, but its not just family and friends, itís the world, it therefore needs to look right even though Iím learning to use photo and web editing. The learning curve goes on, from the variations in results from different films, to balancing the scanner to the monitor to the printer. Then there's the challenge of getting to grips with photo software (not the easiest pieces of software), I haven't got into changing the skies on my landscapes, yet but I know a man who can...  The best quote I have seen to date comes from Eric Cheng in the March 2005 issue of Dive magazine, "Too many digital shooters rely on post processing to make their photographs look good when, in fact, they should be working on their photography skills instead". No doubt he got plenty of replies to that. But then the same can be said for film users, as it is all too easy to get carried away shooting in the excitement of finding something unusual, not stopping to think about what we are taking, myself included.

In the past I've been torn between the digital and film SLR's as I still find the quality of projected transparencies quite stunning, perhaps it's to do with the viewing atmosphere, darkened room and no distractions.

However the convenience of instant results let me "Tweak" the camera settings in the field to refine the results thereby raising the constant learning curve. Now to top it all there is the HDMI output from my laptop into the TV producing stunning results to show friends and family! Another nail in the coffin lid for film...

Both systems have there purpose and place, so I try not to put blinkers on.

The Coolpics (I know, it's corny) that have been uploaded to the web site have been reduced in size and quality (50Kb ish) in order that they open fast enough even on slower connection speeds, so no apologies for that.

Meet the two of us Diving or up a Mountain


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