Fur & Feathers
Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to be outdoors and have been facinated by the natural world (in particular what my parents used to call "creepy crawlies") so I was always going to be a Biologist. I started working for Oxford University's Zoology department as a junior technician in 1978 and eventually took health retirement as a laboratory manager in 2011.
I have managed to keep my interest going using a camera, although the inclement weather of the winter months can lead to lots of fun experimenting with indoor photography in its various forms, which particularly appeals to whats left of the scientist in me. After retirement I moved to Adderbury, a small village near Banbury and had the good fortune to discover the local Photographic society from which I learnt a great deal, in particular coming to embrace other forms of the art as well as making some very good friends. In 2016 I completed a Diploma in photography from the Shaw academy, which I would highly recomend for anyone wishing to improve their own knowledge and skills. All the images on this site were either taken with a “point & shoot” camera or more recently with Fujifilm bridge cameras (I have never owned a DSLR) although for most of the macros I have added either a Hoya +4 filter or for extreme close ups a Raynox DCR 250 clip on adapter. The very few images that have been manipulated were achieved mainly by using GIMP 2.8, in my opinion the best of the free programs available. This website was entirely self-built using only the free tools & applications, starting with one of the provided photography templates in the miserably wet summer of 2012, and many tweaks and images have been added in the years since.This will, I hope, show that photography doesn't have to be an expensive hobby and encourage others to “Give it a go”
"Take nothing but a photograph, leave nothing but a footprint, kill nothing but time"
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