WHY DO I PHOTOGRAPH?
I photograph for the fun of it, not to produce great "art", and I think of myself as a "happy snapper". I certainly don't excel at what I do but who cares - I'm having fun! To me, there's nothing more engaging or absorbing than a fine day (or night) out with a camera. I can totally lose track of time quite easily when a good subject is at hand.
I frequently have a camera in my hand, be it my current Canon 6D or, if I’m looking for something lighter, either my Olympus OM-D EM-5 or Sony RX100 III. Only recently have I discovered the power of the iPhone for everyday photography - so light and portable and it's a device that's usually with me. I would never permanently stray from my beloved full frame DSLR and its assortment of lenses but it's nice to know there are lighter and smaller options if need be. I admit to being a bit of a camera gear-head and, budget willing, love to acquire the latest gadget to feed my photo habit. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit exactly how much photo equipment I do own, but then again, you can never have too much gear. ;)
MY PHOTO SITE
So, why an online photo site? Why put my photos online and who would care anyway? Why expose myself to the harsh criticism of the photography hobbyist world? Well, why not?! <shrug> At the moment I have over 32,000 photos sitting on my NAS server and it seems a shame to me not to share these with anyone. Even if no one looks at this site at least some of my shots are out there for the world to discover, for better or for worse.
On my site you will predominantly find my photographic efforts shot in Toronto, different parts of Canada, the U.S. and Europe. For balance, I've also included some so-called personal pages with albums of people and animals who enrich and round out my life. At the moment some of my photo pages are a definite work in progress so they may look kind of rough, but I'm slowly moving toward a state of completion.
My favourite types of photography to engage in are architecture, urban, landscapes, night photography, travel (when possible), macro photography and objects in motion, but I have many other subject interests such as flowers, animals and people. I don't know if I'd have the patience or skill for portrait photography as I've never really tried, but I'm up for anything. I've recently discovered how powerful images can be when converted to black and white, so that is one of my new passions. Infrared photography is another aspect I would like to explore in the coming year and I'm also aiming to become more comfortable and knowledgeable with flash photography.
In this day and age when cameras are everywhere thanks to the omnipresent smartphone, it surprises me that some people are still uncomfortable having their picture taken. By taking your picture I'm not trying to steal your soul or anything, but if you do happen to wind up in my shots - whether by intent or accident - and you'd like the photo removed from this site, I will certainly honour that request. Just use the "Contact Me" link on the main sidebar to let me know.