About

My Photography
I am an amateur photographer living in Liverpool. I have been interested in photography since my school days, when we had a Photographic Club at the school. But it has played a much larger part in my life since I retired, when I made transparencies for a time before going digital in 2007.

I had been using Minolta SLR cameras when shooting on film, so chose Sony (who had taken over the Minolta business) when I went digital in order to retain the use of the lenses which I had, but before long I was buying new lenses anyway. Over the years since I have used a succession of Sony Alpha SLR's (100. 700, 580 and 77ii) and, for a short period, a Canon EOS 400D, but have now switched to mirror-less bodies: for landscapes, a Sony A6000, with the A-mount Vario-Sonnar 16-80 mm lens, and for wildlife, a Fujifilm X-T2 with the Fujinon 100-400 mm lens. Some of the older images on the site were shot as JPEGs and processed in Adobe Photoshop Elements, but the majority have been shot in RAW format and processed in Adobe Lightroom.

My photography is essentially a hobby for my own enjoyment. However some of my pictures have been published in (mainly specialist) magazines, and one in the national press. Some are also used from time to time to illustrate poems in panels displayed in St Mary's Church in Marlborough, where we lived when I first retired; and in Liverpool I have held one small exhibition at which some were sold in aid of a charity in Brazil which is supported by the church to which I belong.

The images I have chosen for the site are obviously the ones that give me the greatest pleasure and which I rate as my best. This can never be a completely objective judgement as the experiences involved in capturing them have undoubtedly generated a greater emotional attachment to some than to others. However, my aim is that each one should either convey a mood, suggest a story, represent a place or an animal in an interesting way, reveal shapes and patterns which might easily go unnoticed, or capture a moment in time which would otherwise be lost. And it is my constant hope that that they will give pleasure to all who view them.

Ian McColl.