(ILCE = Interchangeable Lens Camera with E-mount)
A Very Brief Biography
On leaving school, I went to work for a firm of Architects and as part of the duties of an Architectural Technician I learnt the dark art of photography. As well as taking photographs of architectural related subjects using a German Leica camera from the 1960’s, light meter and manual focusing, I also learnt darkroom procedure from rolling bulk 35mm black and white negative film into reloadable cassettes, processing the film and printing out the resulting images using techniques like dodge and burn before it became popular in processing software like Photoshop.
Having been made redundant from my Architectural job, I eventually joined the Civil Service working for the Royal Air Force and bought my first camera, an East German Praktica MTL5 when they became available in the UK in the early 1980’s. Most of the photos were aviation related visiting RAF bases, air shows and museums transitioning from 35mm film to digital during this time.
I was toying with the idea of upgrading to a full frame camera and subject matter other than aeroplanes. Two events coincided to push that idea along. I took early retirement in 2012 after 31 years 317 days as a Civil Servant and Sony released a brand new small full frame Compact System Camera range with the ILCE-7/24mp and the 7R/36mp. Today I’m using two full frame cameras, the Sony A7rII with a 42.4 MP Back-illuminated CMOS sensor and the more compact Sony Cyber-shot RX1R Mark II with a 42.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and one crop sensor camera the Sony a6300 with a24.2 MP CMOS sensor.