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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.  

Coolpics - What's it all about?    My interest in photography started when I was at school and has continued over the years (don't ask how many) with breaks in how much time I have spent on it for family reasons.

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 dive into along with Jo introducing me to her passion for walking in and around 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.

The availability of affordable digital SLR's gradually tipped the balance over film, taking high quality digital images which I can print on extended A3 off the roll, easily up to 1.5M long saving me having to scan 2.25" square transparencies for the same quality. I'm as passionate about my cameras as friends I have are about their Canon's - I just can't help ducking when someone points a Canon at me .......

With the introduction of mirror less SLR's,  this has been a total game changer for photographers. Heads up display including histogram of the image before you take the shot, not even a dream a decade ago, but now it's in my hands as I take the shots - Brilliant.

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".  Never forget a photographers roots, taking transparencies, use fill in flash, filters and gradual gradients along with digital colour calibration for your camera, monitor and printer - e.g. Datacolor Spyder range, this will and does save time post processing.

Coolpics (I know, it's corny) images that have been uploaded to the web site have been reduced in size and quality in order that they open fast enough even on slower connection speeds, so no apologies for that.     Full size images available via Adobe Stock

Meet the two of us Diving or up a Mountain        I Shoot RAW !


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