Portraits can be a real challenge to any photographer! Trying to capture the 'character' of the subject is invariably tricky - but fun!
I love taking pictures of sports events, I am the world's worst sportsman, but the excitement, action and determination of the participants makes for good photography!
The military has always been my first love. Raised in a military environment, including serving in the Royal Air Force and later in the Territorial Army, means that I have spent a large percentage of my life in uniform!
On the other hand, living in a beautiful part of the country means there are plenty of scenic shots to be had - you just have to go out and find them!
and welcome to 'The Nikon Bloke' website.
I have been taking pictures since I was 13 years old (that's some time ago!), when I bought my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic 'point and shoot'. Soon afterwards I bought my first SLR camera, a Olympus OM10 35mm, which I still own to this day.
I have owned many cameras in my career, including Konika, Canon and Olympus. Since the advent of digital SLR cameras, I use only Nikon cameras with mainly Nikkor lenses, although I have used other brands, Nikon remains my firm favourite!
Given a choice of sports topics, I like to photograph equestrian events, even though I am not a massive fan of horses (unpredictable creatures!), I find the grace and power of the horse a wonderful subject to capture. Photojournalism and real time events are by far my favourite subject. I am a regular contributor to local and national newspapers, in print as well as online.
I use software very sparingly (Photoshop, Lightroom, Paint Shop Pro etc.), as my style is a more 'natural' look rather than relying upon software to enhance my images.
I am lucky enough to own a portable studio lighting system which includes Softbox lights, reflectors and backdrops. Although I don't specialise in portraits, I find the portable studio very useful and is used more often than you would imagine.