A short bio (or self-justification!)

This is a selection of some of the images I have acquired and created over the last 10 or so years. I started in photography, like most, with a black and white Instamatic. In the 70's, I developed and printed my own black and white, and then some colour prints from slides. Again, like most, I have a collection of thousands of slides, most of which will never see the light of day, unless I get motivated to review, cull and scan, I suspect more cull than scan. With the advent of the digital revolution in photography,  it is easy to review and cull at and just after the moment of capture, rather than waiting to get home and get the prints or slides back from the processer. Digital also makes it easier to share images, via websites like this, flash drives to review at leisure, and self-published coffee table books. Anything but the dreaded slide nights from the 60's and 70's.

Currently, I use Nikon cameras and lens, with aid from the Lumix point & shoot LX5. I also have a box of obsolete Nikons, Minoltas, various lenses and a venerable Rolleiflex T. Over the last 10 years, I have been lucky enough to visit the Antarctic and Arctic many times, and hope that other people will get as much enjoyment from these images as I have. Home is on the sub-tropical coast of Queensland, hence some images of beaches and sunshine.

Some people say that if your image needs a caption, you've failed to make a decent image. However, sometimes, it's useful to know the time and place, and some history behind the image. As I get time, I shall try and add captions if I think they may be helpful.


Update  February 1st 2015 - I’ve had some time on my hands recently, and I have been sifting through a lot of my Arctic images, all of which have been taken in or around Svalbard. Some I have re-edited, some I have rediscovered, and a lot I have dumped! I’ve created a new gallery for the re-edits, and will feature one of them each week or so for a while. I’m now doing all editing in DxO Optics Pro, adding also some featured presets from DxO FilmPack 5. As time permits, i shall try and do the same with some of my Antarctic and South Georgia images. Enjoy!

Beluga vertebrae at Bourbonhamna.

Bourbonhamna is the site of long ago slaughter of hundreds, maybe thousands of beluga, as they swam into the shallows of Bellsund. They were harvested for their blubber, after the larger whales had been hunted to the point of extinction.

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