The Early Digital Years

As the very first post, I won’t be dredging up the entire 40 years of my photography, but will simply give a potted history of my time in digital photography . Bits and pieces of my background etc will likely filter through in subsequent posts and I think that should suffice if anyone is really interested. Simply put, my digital photography epiphany started with the Olympus E-1 and standard 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 lens. Like a kid in a candy store, this simple combination kept me going for some time, a good thing it was, as there weren’t many lenses available for the E-1 on its introduction. As a lover of nature photography, the 11-22mm f2.8-3.5 lens was a must have for those wide landscapes etc and after that, followed the 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 and my kit was ostensibly complete. In a way, I’d never had so much enjoyment in photography as I was having at the time. That combination kept me happy and on a steep learning curve for quite a while.

Lake Dove - Tasmania

Lake Dove – Tasmania

Post-processing was the biggest learning curve when it came to digital, no more darkrooms, chemicals or waiting for film to be developed. But that could also be a double-edged sward, as the computer post-processing options available were often overwhelming and the temptation to go overboard had to be constantly tempered. But when things came together, it was always a good feeling. Black and white effects is always a favourite.

Clouds over rocks - Lancefield Victoria

Clouds over rocks – Lancefield Victoria

But other aspects of digital were also a bonus, such as being able to shoot night shots much more easily .

Southbank at night - Melbourne Victoria

Southbank at night – Melbourne Victoria

Or just enhancing the overall effect of natural scenes.

Water tanks and sheep - Werribee Victoria

Water tanks and sheep – Werribee Victoria

The options really are endless, but I tend to keep things rather simple, basically using Lightroom and not bothering to learn much about Photoshop and it’s infinite image manipulation techniques.