Photography has always been an important part of my life. Since I was a teenager I have always loved capturing nature and the environment. My first camera was a Kodak 110 instamatic, which accompanied me wherever I went: family holidays, school trips and generally wherever I went.
I’m not sure exactly when, but in my twenties I progressed to a “proper” camera, a Pentax K1000 film camera. This really improved my learning as this camera was all manual, so plenty of rejects, but great fun. This camera took great photos, so it went everywhere, even in a kayak while in Kalbarri. Unfortunately I dunked it in the Murchison River (very distressing). As soon as I returned to Perth I bought exactly the same camera.
As I mainly used slide film, I have a large bag full of boxes and boxes of family memories. One day I will have to go through them and scan the good ones.
My first digital camera was a Panasonic DMC-FZ10. I think around 2004 was the year. A massive 4 megapixels and it did me very well.
Since then I have progressed to a Canon 6D Digital SLR. Now it is possible to take images in very large sizes, even billboard size if necessary.
I am on a constant journey with photography. In my early days I would try to take a nice picture that duplicated the location for later viewing. As time goes on, I have felt it important to recreate the mood or the feeling of the place. This I believe is the essence of Landscape and Travel photography.
The more I develop this idea, the more I start to think of photography as art and the less I worry about the next piece of equipment. Now when I view nature, I look for shapes, textures, and patterns that when viewed as a rectangle through the viewfinder, take on something interesting or even amazing.
I am big on learning as many techniques that I can with the equipment I have. It is almost endless what you can discover when just “playing" with your camera.
If I could some up in two words what I think are the most important skills you can have as a photographer they would be: Imagination and Composition.
Another great benefit of photography for me is the amazing feeling you have when you head out to your local beach, the bush, the outback or anywhere away from the stress of everyday life. I would go as far to say that it is almost a religious experience when you are sitting on a deserted beach at sunrise. Just you, your camera and whatever Mother Nature has to share. I think fishermen must get the same feeling.
"You don’t take a photograph, you make it "