Name: Pat English
Profession: Newspaper journalist, designer and trainer
Interests past and present: Words, Design, Photography, Archaeology, Anthropology, Gardening, Nature, Science Fiction, Genealogy, Rugby Union…
Probable blog post subjects: Nature, Words, Design and Nostalgia…
I always thought I wanted to be a novelist, but instead I became a journalist and had all the imagination knocked out of me, so I dream no more of creative writing.
Although I am a newspaper journalist, please don’t expect me to be topical. Mainly this blog is an outpouring of everything I have collected in my life – books, images, jottings, memories and a love of nature.
Its main value has been to focus my mind on the world around me again – something that takes me back to my childhood – and maybe even some creativity once more.
The camera that accompanied me in my explorations until May 2014 was a compact Olympus C-765 Ultra Zoom. See a review here
I loved it because it was good for landscape shots, zooming in on distant birds and closing in on flowers and insects. It wasn’t a true macro and I couldn’t always guarantee the focus would come out just right, but at least I didn’t need to keep on switching lenses.
Then in May 2014 I started using a new compact camera, a Sony Cyber-shot HX50.
Read more about my first outings with the Sony camera on this blog post.
From late 2010 I have also had a Digital SLR camera, a Nikon D5000, for which I immediately bought a macro lens (see this post) and by Christmas 2010 I also had a zoom lens for it.
I have had some success zooming in on garden birds and using the macro for flowers and insects, but as of mid 2011 I am still not happy that I am getting the best out of the lenses in terms of focus. Back to reading the instruction manual, I guess.
I continue to use a compact camera for everyday out-and-about photography but most of the pictures taken in my own garden from late 2010 are Nikon pictures.
Carrying a camera and three lenses on a trip, plus my weighty handbag? Mmmmm…
Note: Thanks to Ron’s advice, I now have a Lowepro 190 top-loading camera bag for my DSLR. Looking good for “getting out more”…