My philosophy is to spend money on adventures which present amazing photographic opportunities rather than spend time and money indoors playing with a flashy Digital SLR. Besides, I am not going to carry a couple of kilos of expensive equipment around that can easily be damaged by the elements.

Nexus 4 – Y-Golfa, Glyndwr’s Way, Panoramic

The SWCP was my first step into Digital Photography using a Sony Ericsson K750i phone and Flickr.  Each photo was uploaded daily as an email, whose subject line became the title of the photo and the email message became the description.  I was very pleased with the results  That phone only had a 2MP camera and weighed 99g.

K750i – Gannon Head, SWCP
K750i – Beer, SWCP

I now use a Google Pixel Phone, which has an 12MP camera, which can take panoramas, spherical compositions and very acceptable landscape and people photographs.  In particular, I have found the HDR mode produces great results as it balances the exposure between the bright sky and landscape. It takes great close-ups too.

Quite a few shots on this website have been taken with previous versions of Google phones – Nexus S, Nexus 4 or Nexus 5X.  Only a few have been post-processed or subjected to Googleโ€™s Auto Awesomeness.

Nexus 5 – North Downs Way
Steel Rigg, Hadrian's Wall, 2014
Nexus 5 – Steel Rigg, Hadrian’s Wall, 2014
Nexus 5, and two clicks of post processing
Nexus 5, and two clicks of post-processing

More importantly, I am beginning to understand that photography is not about technology, post processing or equipment, but about the message you want to convey to the audience.  I am just at the beginning of this artistic journey and a book that has helped me a great deal is The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnham and also an excellent article by Ken Rockwell at

I am now using a Google Pixel 3, which takes quite amazing photographs as my later blog posts attest.  I have acquired a Nikon D3300 which is very light for a DSLR camera and improves the image quality significantly and can be fitted with a range of wide-angle and telephoto lenses.  I am learning to use this now together with Affinity Photo editing software.

Iโ€™m no Ansel Adams, but I try my best.

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