Mike gives insight into his first year

Car Rally.
Car Rally.

At the meeting of the Fraserburgh Photographic Society held on January 24, Mike Chandler gave a presentation ‘My First Full Year in Photography’.

Mike explained that he had retired in 2011 and joined Fraserburgh Photographic Society that year. He had bought a camera with the biggest optical zoom available at the time, a Fuji HS10, in order to take bird and wild life pictures.

However, although this had produced some great shots he now believes that it was not the best choice and in October he became the proud owner of a Canon D600 with 18 -55mm and 70 – 300mm lenses which allowed better control of the camera settings and easier manual focusing.

He illustrated the presentation with images he had taken during 2012 and explained what he had learned by being in the photographic society and how that had enabled him to take better photographs both ‘in camera’ and in post production on the computer.

He also admitted that he had a lot to learn. Many of his pictures still centred around wildlife although he was now taking more landscapes and a few portraits. He had also recorded many of the events that had taken place in and around Fraserburgh during the year. Looking towards 2013 Mike said that he wanted to explore the possibilities of the off-camera flash he had been given at Christmas to do more portrait and still life work and to try more macro photography as well as continuing to improve his wildlife and landscape images.

Mike’s images can be seen on the Fraserburgh Photographic Society web page http://fraserburghps.weebly.com

The next meeting of Fraserburgh Photographic Society is a Digital Imaging Tutorial on January 31. On February 7, the results of the monthly competition will be shown.