Photography has been a constant influence in my life. Our family has always had hundreds of prints stashed away somewhere, taken on a variety of different devices over the years.
From my mum's old 110, to my sister's first <1MP digital, to the first film SLR I used to take pictures of stars and nebulae in the night sky.
My own serious endeavours into the art actually started with science. After studying Physics at Keele University for a year, I switched my course to Music Technology. It was at this point that the deficit of science in my life led me to pursue astronomy. I soon got a large telescope (still the biggest 'lens' I own) and found myself needing a DSLR to get some good snaps of the orion nebula and the like. I got an old second-hand Canon 1000D that had it's IR blocking filter removed to improve it's sensitivity to the light from dim celestial objects.
It was well over a year before the thought of buying a 'normal' lens for it crossed my mind.
I got a 'nifty-fifty' Canon 50mm for Christmas and took it to the roaches on boxing day.
Owing to the odd colour shift this astro-modified camera produced, most of my pictures were edited in black and white.
Those grainy, over-edited, softly focused shots are still some of my favourites.
Today, as I write this, many hundreds of thousands of images later, in earnest I call myself a photographer.
And this photographer is ready for that next great shot...
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