Photography

Subjects

Landscapes are my primary subject matter, preferably with hills and water. Numerous trips in the Scottish Highlands were followed in 1986 by a first trip to Slovenia, which I've returned to many times, and later came Austria, Croatia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, and Bavaria. Involvement with musicians and theatre also gave some brief opportunities for taking indoor shots of performances, which I'd love to do more of if only time allowed.

 

Scotland
Scotland
Slovenia
Slovenia
Switzerland
Switzerland
Eire
Eire
Orkney 1
Orkney 1
Silly Wizard
Silly Wizard
Orkney 2
Orkney 2
Music and Theatre
Music and Theatre

 

 

Technical notes.

I started taking pictures properly in the early 80's using a Yashica FX-D SLR, which I still have and used for B&W work for a long time. Later on it was joined by the excellent Contax 159MM which has taken most of the colour slide work. I had no use for autofocus and never intended ever using it so never found any need to swap the 159 for anything else until very recently. Lenses used with it were the superb 28mm Zeiss, 35-105mm Yashica, and a 80-200mm Tokina. I also have a Mamiya 645 Super, though it hasn't seen as much use as I'd hoped as time constraints kicked in not long after I bought it and I ended up travelling light on hillwalking trips.

For a while I got good results from a compact digital camera - a small Kyocera S3L 3.2 Megapixel which was great for those circumstances where the SLR gear is too difficult to carry. Unfortunately that has now broken and parts can't be obtained but its demise coincided with my finally taking the plunge into digital SLRs with the purchase of a Nikon D80. Of course it's fully auto-focus and auto-exposure so it's taking a little while to get used to it and get to the stage of it falling immediately to hand in the way the Contax does, but I'm very pleased with it so far and the on-screen results are much better than those from scanning slides with my old Minolta Dimage II scanner. Now I need to get used to manipulating RAW images and see what I can do with them creatively.

Stability of the SLRs is much improved by use of a monopod as I find tripods too awkward for most circumstances unless I'm on my own and doing a specific phototrip rather than a general hill-walking one. However I recently bought another tripod and am giving it another try.

© Bill Marshall

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