Hello, my name is Steve. I live in a small sleepy seaside town called Clevedon, which is in North Somerset, which is in the south-west of England, which is in the United Kingdom, which is in Europe, which is in the Northern Hemisphere, which is on planet Earth … don’t you feel small sometimes?
I can safely say, even today, that I still don’t know which direction I want my life to go in but one thing that has always remained a constant, since the age of 16, is my enjoyment of taking photographs. I’ve been doing this for just over 30 years now (ah, now you now how old I am!).
For my 16th birthday my dad bought me an old Zenith E camera, he also bought the same model for my older brother’s birthday which was 2 weeks earlier, maybe he got a bulk discount. I was fascinated with this new toy and started taking pictures of everything I could. As was to be expected most of the resulting prints were ‘not very good’ but occasionally I would get one out of the 24 (or 36) which I was quite pleased with, and it would make it into an album to be lovingly stored in the battered old suitcase now residing in my attic.
As my photography improved I wanted a newer camera, with newer lenses, such is the need to keep up with technology. With personal commitments now to think of the top of the range cameras were beyond me so I plumped for a Minolta Dynax SLR with wide angle, and zoom lens. I was very happy with this kit and experimented with slide film a lot more. As these take up less space most of these are now also residing in that battered suitcase.
I never really found a ‘type’ of photography I preferred, although I do know that portraiture is out (I’m not good at telling people what to do). The one style I prefer over others though is landscapes, mainly because the other hobby I’ve grown to love is hill-walking. I think these two hobbies are perfect for each other and I’m at my happiest when I’m doing one or the other. When I’m doing both I’m anyones – well almost!
I always thought I would never move over to digital, probably an age thing, but when I tried it for the first time on a friend’s basic 1 megapixel camera I could see it was only a matter of time before I was converted. Shame really as I sometimes liked the anticipation of waiting for the prints to be delivered to see what I’d remember capturing. It didn’t last though and I soon started looking into digital camera reviews.
I’ve had two digital cameras to date, both bridge cameras which large zooms. Again the price of a full DSLR kit with lenses couldn’t be justified. My current camera is the Fuji HS10 bridge camera which seems to suit me just fine at the moment.