I joined the club in March 2008 after it was suggested to me by friends that I should have a hobby to see me through my “twilight years”. That was pretty funny considering I didn’t even own a camera at the time. I had always admired really great images over the years, and after visiting the Club’s “Faded Glory” exhibition at the Cairns Regional Gallery the previous November, I thought it was something I might like to pursue. I quickly purchased a used Nikon D70 with a 28-70mm kit lens from a photographer friend who was upgrading, and I thought I was well on the road to the perfect image. WRONG! Eight years down the track and I am still in search of an image that I am completely happy with. Along the way I purchased a Nikon D90 with an 18-200mm lens and most of my images are taken with this combo. I do have other lenses and flash units, but they rarely see the light of day.

At the outset I had thought (like many other beginners) that digital images came out of the camera perfectly rendered and all I had to do was select which one was the best for printing. I quickly realised that I needed a program for post processing and purchased Adobe Lightroom, which I have stayed with through its various incarnations. In the early days, I was adamant that I would never get into Photoshop, as I wanted to get the absolute best image I could “in camera”. I remained faithful to that ideal until sometime last year when I saw the creative possibilities that were available to me through the works of other club members. I still use Lightroom to enhance normal images, but turn to Photoshop when I have some creative idea I wish to unleash.

I don’t believe I have a particular style or favourite subject, but I have always entered the club’s monthly competitions as I enjoy the creativity involved in producing an image that fits the competition subject.  It is great to see how other members interpreted the same subject matter as well. I have learned to develop a tough skin as one needs to when entering comps. Some judges are fair, whilst others are unforgiving, but it is all in the name of improving your photography. I have learned that judges are only human too, and have their likes and dislikes, foibles and the occasional faux pas, just like you and I.

I am in it for fun. I do not wish to sell my images, nor have my own website or Facebook page. Photography is my hobby and will keep me learning until I can no longer press the shutter. If you happen to like any of the images, that will be reward enough for me.

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