and cameras have been a passion of mine that I can count back to the early
Back then it was black and white home processing, burning midnight oil in a makeshift darkroom, never failing to getting excited as an image slowly became visible in a gently rocking developer dish.
A few years later I was awoken to the splendors of Kodachrome Transparency film, still to this day ahead in ultimate quality of all but the top end megapixel DSLR's IMHO.
Back to the present and the "old" film cameras have not left the bag since 2003, when I was forced to jump on the never ending digital bandwagon and like most older snappers I do miss pouring over the lightbox with a 10x lupe in hand.
While it is all to easy to rely on the camera to do almost everything except press the button, I am still a big advocate of handheld light metering.
I almost always leave the bodys on manual mode, I hate having to post process photos hunched over a computer, pigs ear and silk purses, if its right when the shutter was pressed then its less work to do afterwards.
I have contributed images to most of the well known specialist motorcycles press for the last 20 years including the Annual Bible "Motocourse" since 1990.
So what sets my photography apart from the other ratpack of snappers?, well for one I am totally obsessed with the sharpness (focus) of my images.
To steal a line I once read, if you can't see the stitching on the leathers it aint sharp enough!
As much as I enjoy doing a big magazine bike test it will always be the TT that I get the most satisfaction from and whilst some photographers set out to copy an admired pic I never purposely do, infact I hate going back to a point on the course if I consider I've already captured the optimum angle or action.
A case in point has to be Union Mills bridge, a much photographed spot now, but back in the winter of 2001 I noticed the road had "sunk" exaggerating the camber which just might turn the usual front wheel hop into something more spectacular.
It certainly was and some, step forward TT legend Ian Lougher during the 2002 Senior TT, Ian carries so much corner speed coupled with his "lithe" physique to create that optimum shot of the bike fully airborne while cranked over which "Motorcycle Racer" duly splashed double page, as Ian always says "we were the first!"