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 Sony point & shoot RX100M3. I also have a box of obsolete film 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.
A new gallery, another voyage on the Sergei Vavilov, to see the wildlife and landscapes of the Svalbard archipelago. Not a lot of sea ice still left early in the season, but where there was fast ice, the polar bears were concentrated to a degree not seen by me before. The limited fast ice in Storfjorden was a temporary home and larder for at least 30 bears, many of them mothers with cubs of varying years. Most looked to be reasonably well fed, at this stage. By the end of the voyage, 10 days later, the fast ice was shredded to icy rubble by the wind and swell. Plenty of moody evocative landscapes as always in Svalbard, and plenty of other wildlife to see and and record.
Just click on the gorgeous and cute cubs and their mother at right!